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Product details

  • Audio CD (13 May 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sidecho
  • ASIN: B0016GLZV0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 503,929 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Singer
2. Your Great Book
3. The Girl I Don't Know
4. We Still Drink the Same Water
5. Catherine the Waitress
6. Legendary Afterparty
7. Guilt By Association
8. Start Wasting My Time
9. Letter From Alex
10. Don't Let Me Fall In Love With You!
11. You Should Have Seen Us

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Pryor on 9 April 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Teitur sounds very different to others in the current crop of singer-songwriters. One difference is his arrangements, which are sparse but deceptively complex, based on unusual, often acoustic, instruments that sound other-worldly. His lyrics, sung in English, are often quite dark. However, it is his song structures that are the most striking, sometimes sounding like art songs or lieder rather then 'pop', but mysteriously memorable, often popping up in my head, leaving me wondering 'what is that tune?'. A definite grower that needs a few listens to get used to, like many of the best.
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Extraordinary stuff from this emerging artist, who possesses the rare ability to make you laugh, with his incredibly dry wit, before breaking your heart completely with his heartfelt and honest lyrics.

Teitur had already released two albums in his native Faroe Islands, but this, his first UK release, is in another league completely, a far cry from his earlier pop output, it feels like the music he always wanted to create. The musical arrangements for one are imaginative and brilliant, mixing piano, wind, percussion, marimba and bowed bass in unforgettable fashion.

A sparse and foreboding atmosphere emerges in songs such as "Guilt By Association" and "Letter From Alex", whilst a playful nature is perfectly evoked during "The Singer" and "Catherine the Waitress". Don't let that fool you though, there is often a grim undercurrent, particularly in the latter, in which the light mood is broken by talk of a sudden death part way through, such is the strange brilliance of Teitur. "We Still Drink The Same Water", a gorgeous song about a broken relationship and the difficulty of moving on, is perhaps the most affecting song on the album, and surely the most touching song of the entire year.

Shamefully "The Singer" was largely ignored in many "Best of 2009" lists, which seems unfathomable to me, because I really haven't felt this moved by an album since hearing Jeff Buckley's "Grace" for the first time, and that is high praise indeed.
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By ebee on 20 Feb. 2010
Format: Audio CD
If you fell in love with the whimsical, hummable tunes of heartbreak and travel in Teitur's first two gorgeous albums, you may well be disappointed by The Singer. Long periods of silence, dissonant horns and sporadic strings ensure that hardly any of the tracks have a melody and grate on the nerves. Although this album has received many five-star reviews in English papers, The Singer is too much of a step away from the brilliant pop sensabilities shown before in songs on previous albums like 'I was just thinking' and 'Josephine'. Even though tracks on the second album like 'Carousel' hinted that Teitur may be favouring a new style, in my opinion he has failed to consider whether listening to this new album is actually enjoyable.
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By Twippy on 11 Mar. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Love this record. Not as polished a production as his previous album, but the sparser sound suits it admirably. Lyrically it's great to hear someone being honest about how they feel about performing on stage and his relationship with fans. Musically, there are some wonderful tunes that reveal themselves after a few listens and the sound is rich and warm without being cloying. I found it an uplifting experience (mind you I'm from the school that revels in Leonard Cohen's supposed misery - so beware!)and one of my favourite albums at the moment. If you like artists that are prepared to take risks and avoid the safe sounds then this could be right up your street. Go on, be a devil.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gannon on 19 Mar. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Teitur is more than he lets on. Firstly, he is more than a singer. He is an able singer-songwriter. And his pleasant sounding mélanges of piano, horns and percussion are under-laid with menacing double bass strings. `You Should Have Seen Us' even sounds like the Jaws attack sequence!. The vocals are often equally distrubing. `Of course I'll break your heart' he repeats on `Your Great Book'.

The title track opens with him declaring `I always had the voice, and now I am a singer', which is true. However, his voice on this opener is debatable to the point of Antony Hegarty. It is a little nasal and wearisome on the ear, but happily, elsewhere it is less so.

The Singer suffers from never being more than a plain template, generously festooned in placed with an arsenal of instruments to supplement his tales of love and loss. Certain moments are left disappointingly barren of bedecking and the result is immemorable songcraft.

Where the dressing works though, The Singer is a worthy listen. The xylophone, horns and reeds of `Catherine The Waitress' culminate to a poppy, catchy tale similar to that of Aberfeldy or Belle & Sebastian.

In general, however, this is a collection more mute than those fey comparisons. There is a knowing, Nordic restraint to these tracks. It appeals to the listener in the way that a documentary might, offering a snapshot insight into another world. There is however an obtrusive distance in documentary-making that separates the audience from the production, and that niggles the listen here.

Teitur has embraced brass as openly as Beirut, but where he stamps an identity onto his, Teitur's are anonymous. Brass may be foreign to his native Faroe Islands or his adopted Denmark, but some statement of origin would have lifted this collection from anonymous to orchestral.
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