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Sing, Memory

Sarah Nixey Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 Feb 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Service Av
  • ASIN: B000MGVA2O
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 281,804 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Sing (prelude)0:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. When I'm Here With You 3:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Beautiful Oblivion 4:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Strangelove (sing version) 4:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Hotel Room 4:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Nothing On Earth 3:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Nightshift 4:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Memory (prelude)0:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Collector 4:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Breathe In, Fade Out 3:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Endless Circles 4:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Man I Knew 4:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Masquerade 3:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Love And Exile 4:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. The Black Hit of Space 3:440.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description


Nixey exploits her freedom to showcase a Euro-electro charisma on the enervated disco of Beautiful Oblivion and the surprising and surprisingly good cover of The Human League s The Black Hit of Space. --Q Magazine, February 2007

The songs are electro, or pop, or electropop. Some of them reminiscent of Kylie's I Believe In You'. The impression you're left with is of something subtly hallucinatory, swimmy and strange, late nights and beautiful people, taste, decadence, discretion, perfect smiles, expensive cars, and something aching, wordless, behind it all. --Plan B magazine, February 2007

Above the evocative atmospheric subtleties, woven from an instrumental fabric of bleeps, swooshings and dancing cross-rhythms, Nixey s strong, clear vocals carry the weight of the tune and focus the emotions hinted at by the pop electronics. Listening to it gives one the sensation of having wandered into the soundscape of a film soundtrack; or into a very adult and cynical, yet still reluctantly romantic, fairytale world. It s a window into an imaginary country full of unexpected metaphors, weird coincidences and glimpses of bizarre or poignant could-have-beens; a softly-spoken, blurred and trippy dreamworld. 8/10 --Drowned in Sound, February 2007

CD Description

This classy, glossy album is called, with Nabokov in mind, and the history of song, and the electro-cabaret space between Nico and Abba, between Kate Bush and Japan, between the Shangri-La's and Kraftwerk, Sing, Memory. Sarah sings, talks, whispers and sighs moody, mesmerising nightlife city centre songs and tender beat ballads about things she has remembered and things she will one day remember. If these songs are about anything, they are about: a. the evidence in front of your eyes. b. the moment it dawns on . . . c. the happy ever after versus the nightmare scenario/world weariness versus the time of your life/innocence versus guilt. d. the romantic gesture of the century. e. talking things through, getting things moving, giving ourselves time, creating space, staying, going, believing, disbelieving, pushing, pulling. f. I told you so. g. using a pop song to represent a deep fascination with the changing shapes of memory and identity. h. desperation and terror. i. fun and games. j. lightness and darkness. k. exile and cunning. l. coolness and grandeur. m. keeping your distance. n. moving in for the kill.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is IWFIcon, reviewing.... 9 July 2007
Format:Audio CD
"This is Sarah Nixey talking" is hardly the most exciting of opening gambits to an album on paper, but within ten seconds of putting the CD into your player it immediately draws you in her crisp, English diction proving to be a strength, not a novelty gimmick. (Incidentally the vocals remind me a lot of Natasha "Bat For Lashes" Khan).

What is clear is that for all the "art" that Nixey brings to any project (erstwhile of Black Box Recorder) she's acutely aware that in pop music its the tunes that matter.

Strangelove and The Collector are two great singles but are only the tip of the iceberg. The likes of Nothing On Earth, Hotel Room and Masquerade (the latter of which may be the standout track) are also sublime and leave a lasting impression. Nixey even manages a winner with her cover of the Human League's The Black Hit Of Space.

If I'm being critical, at 15 tracks (albeit with two spoken interludes) it is perhaps a tad too long and could well have benefited from a couple of omissions. Having said that, that is a minor criticism at worst.

Those of you who canonise Sophie Ellis Bextor as the arch queen of detached disco pop should listen to this to find out just how wrong you really are. Those who see Siobhan Donaghy as the shining light of proper pop music should listen to this and see how "commercial" concerns can be married successfully with catchy tunes. Quite simply, this is sublime.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Aural Nectar 18 Feb 2007
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To diehard fans, there is no introduction required for Sarah Nixey. One third of 'currently comatose' trio Black Box Recorder, Sarah has been blessed with a quintessentially English voice and could possibly claim to have the best diction within the genre of pop music.

Sing, Memory is an album divided into two halves, just like albums used to be before the age of the compact disc or digital downloads. Sarah's introduction to the first half of the album lets you know what you're in for.

"There are at least two sides to every story. There are songs that tell of the beginning and some that come towards the end. Some of these songs are true and some tell lies. One or two are eager for impossible romance."

A truly great pop album that does not disappoint.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous voice! 8 Jun 2007
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I've really enjoyed this album. There's some nice tunes on it telling stories of love and (possibly?) betrayal. But to be honest, Ms Nixey could be singing the menu from the local chinese and I'd still be enraptured. Her voice is wonderful, with the most perfect diction in pop! A worthy successor to her work in Black Box Recorder.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Angelic, Sexy, High English 2 Sep 2008
By Leeann P. Carlston - Published on Amazon.com
Sarah Nixey's voice is one of the most beautiful, clear and enjoyable I've ever heard. Better than Kahimi Karie's breathy little girl, sweeter than, dare I say, Sarah Cracknell of St. Etienne, with a point of view all her own. May appeal to fans of Auteurs, Suede, St. Etienne, Dubstar, etc...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Splendid 21 Dec 2007
By Marco Bazzini - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Sarah's first solo effort is an ideal following of Black Box Recorder production, but with a personal romantic hint that sometimes misses in previous works. Really good one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect modern music! 4 Aug 2009
By Carlos Roberto Ballarotti - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Sarah Nixey is better without our band Beat Box Recorder! Whole cd is great!!!! Few people know your work! More people need know her song!!!
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