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Smiling and Waving [Import]

Anja Garbarek Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (3 Sep 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B000059H3F
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,761 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Her Room
2. The Gown
3. Spin The Context
4. Stay Tuned
5. You Know
6. Big Mouth
7. The Diver
8. That's All
9. And Then
10. It Seems We Talk

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With its dream-like montage of moods and impressive variety of arrangements, Smiling and Waving shows just how far the daughter of Jan Garbarek has come since the 1992 album Velkommen Inn (Come On In). Gone are the Norwegian lyrics and driving, somewhat Euro-pop arrangements. Instead, Smiling and Waving offers a range of convincingly distilled--and delivered--English lyrics, building upon the poetic ambition and achievement revealed on Anja's second release, the 1996 Balloon Mood. At times, Smiling and Waving can bring to mind the work of Kate Bush and Annette Peacock as much as that of Björk. Overall, however, it finds Garbarek establishing her own identity, as much through the shape-shifting arrangements as anything else. Such jazz notables as double-bassist Chris Laurence and saxophonist Theo Travis contribute some fine moments, but apart from the lyrics, the album is mostly remarkable for its mixing and metamorphosing of acoustic and electronic sounds, concert strings and occasional trip-hop grooves, ambient space and judicious sampling. Robert Wyatt's guest appearance on the melancholic "The Diver" fits the overall concept and mood of the album perfectly. --Michael Tucker

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5.0 out of 5 stars SPOOKY ,MACABRE JAZZ !!! 22 Nov 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
having just bought this album via a link from the website [...] i am very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the work.as some of you may have noticed the website i refer to is that of Porcupines Tree,s mainman,the enigmatic Steven Wilson.if you look at the credits it would seem that this work was done in the early 90,s,with Steven Wilson at the production desk.
as you would expect now that you know of S.W,s involvement the production values are unbelievable.there are always strange background noises ( that do not put you off the music - merely enhance it )and FX going on.
this is very late night "jazz noire" if there is such a phrase !?!
buy it and see for yourself.if you have an open mind and like bjork etc etc you are in for a treat.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Melancholic and melodic 29 April 2001
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Quite excellent, dreamy and lush sounding, this album oozes style. Jan Garbarek's daughter's first album has some stylish tunes with tracks 8 and 9 particularly melodic and with warm orchestral arrangements as a backing to a fascinating and soothing vocal. The overall effect is haunting, but not cool.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the Queen of Ice Palace 26 Oct 2001
By Sandy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album is pure ear candy. This is a collection of sweetest than chocolate pieces, where the fairy voice flirts with ethereal harps, violins, guitars and light electronic sounds. I had the sensation a little impish elf was floating around and whispering to my ear, which can cause some agreeable shivers down the spine.
The album is perfect for meditative moods as the songs are rather slow and laid back. The music style is very difficult to describe, I think it cannot be classified in any categories. One thing is sure: it is not mainstream pop. Comparing Anja to Björk is not really fair. Their voices have nothing in common (Anja is much smoother). The music is not exactly similar. No offense, I love Björk (and recommend her latest "Vespertine", just as all her previews albums). I just believe Anja is standing on her own feet. The comparison stands because both seem to experiment with sounds and instruments.
The light as soap bubbles "Stay Tune" and the dreamy "That's all" are already worn out on my CD, I played them on repeat mode so much. "You know" must have been recorded on a cloud. "Big mouth" has a joyful beat and an impulsive character. "The diver" is atmospheric. "And then" is a perfect example of how those songs sounds at the same time old and new, which makes them timeless. Those are just quick picks, I like the entire album. It was a discovery for me, and I purchased her first release "Balloon Moods" to get more of her.
Listen and make your own opinion, she might become the secret jewel of your collection.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars challenging modern jazz 2 Oct 2003
By Brede T. Trollsaas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
first time I listened through Anja Garbarek's second album, it was a mixed experience. Instrumentals were minimalistic, largely leaving it up to Anja's frail voice to carry and structure the songs, and although I was impressed enough to buy the album after hearing the first three songs, I was far less impressed with what followed. but playing the CD a couple of more times gave me time to adjust and discover the beautiful neuances that lay close beneath the surface of little gems such as "big mouth", "stay tuned", and "the diver". also, some of the tunes are directly addictive, such as the astonishing and original "I won't hurt you". "Smiling and Waving" is challenging music, and not for the easy listener, but if you're a true music fan, you'll be likely to love this album in time.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just about perfect. 26 Jan 2007
By Michael Stack - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
A dramatic shift from its predecessors, Anja Garbarek's "Smiling & Waving" finds the singer's backgrounds shifting from the pure electronica stew of "Balloon Mood" into a bizarre fusion of electronica sounds and acoustic instruments and orchestras. In part, I suspect some of this has to do with the presence of producer/musician Steven Wilson (of Porcupine Tree and No-Man, the latter of which seems to be clearly an influence on "Balloon Mood"), but also on the strength of performances from musicians as diverse as Wilson, Steven Jansen and Richard Barbieri (Japan) and Mark Hollis (Talk Talk). The blend works well, providing a bizarre context and ever shifting backdrop for Garbarek's often delicate and fluttering vocals.

This diversity of backdrops is probably best illulstrated by "Spin the Context"-- anchored by a startlingly agile bass violin yields to a clarinet and string ensemble, with Garbarek over the top, tentative, uncertain, and yet full of confidence before it all breaks down in the bridge with a shuffling rhythm (played by Jansen on brushes with a stunning amount of taste and subtlety) that bleeds into the chorus. But this sort of dissection could be made of pretty much any piece on here, whether it's the "ethereal industrial" of "The Gown" or the electronica beats-meets-string orchestra of "Big Mouth". On top of all of this, we get just immense vocal performances-- I've not heard anyone come close to the passion that Kate Bush could evoke until I heard "Stay Tuned".

I realize this all comes off as an extraordinary amount of hyperbole, but from the moment I heard this album, with all its quiet fury, I've been pretty much taken by it. Remarkably, I actually think that Garbarek's followup to this, "Briefly Shaking", is her masterwork (thus far), but "Smiling and Waving is not a record to be missed. Highly recommended.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply beautifull 4 July 2001
By yann - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I read a lot of things about this album, the only common point in all the reviews was: "This album is one of the best ever done in Norway". Without being a great specialist of Norvegian music, I guess it's true (unless Baloon Mood, Anja Garbarek's second album is better). But please, don't try to compare Anja Garbarek to anyone else.
First the comparison with Björk, doesn't appear to me as true. Both Anja Garbarek and Björk have a beautifull voice, but the comparison can't go further. Their styles are so completely opposed. Smiling and waving music captivates your mind with simples symphonies, and with very view instrumental background. The best comparison is maybe Stina Nordenstam, but Anja's Garbarek voice has the purity of cristal, far more than Stin Nordenstam. As a conclusion let say that listening to this album is like having a break, everything is fluent here. It is like a moon stone felt on earth just to make you feeling better. So let's have a break.
5.0 out of 5 stars I am in Her Room... 2 Jan 2004
By hadrian - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Anja has an innovative and haunting style. Her voice is beautiful, and sometimes eerie. The album begins quietly, very tranquil, with "Her Room," with weaving voices, lush harmony, and plenty of clicks and abstract rhythms. Then it descends into "The Gown," drawing more experimentation with piano, beats, and sounds. The album's best are "Her Room," "The Gown," "Stay Tuned," (with her chilling chorus), "Big Mouth," and "That's All." All the songs are amazing, some more memorable than others. Yet, nothing denies the fact that Anja should be better recognized for her original and mezmerizing music. It's a rarity to find talent under the mainstream music, these days.
"stay tuned..there is more to come.."
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