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Strange Conversation [CD]

Kris Delmhorst Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (24 July 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Signature Sounds
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,816 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Galuppi Baldessare 4:150.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. We'll Go No More A-Roving 3:040.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Light of the Light 4:340.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Since You Went Away 3:060.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Strange Conversation 3:360.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Drop & The Dream 3:050.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Invisible Choir 3:440.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Pretty How Town 1:570.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Tavern 3:420.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Water Water 2:400.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Sea Fever 3:430.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Everything Is Music 3:550.89  Buy MP3 

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Strange Conversation is inspired by poetry from around the world and through the centuries. With poems set verbatim to music or serving merely as the jumping-off point for her own literate lyrical take, Delmhorst weaves together a vital, celebratory meditation on art and its ability to speak across time and distance. Lush where it might have been dry, riotous where it could have been reverent, Strange Conversation releases each poem into the air and gives it rein to go where it will, with a result that's anything but academic. Walt Whitman's cosmic hurrah becomes a sunny pop anthem. George Eliot's thoughts on the solace of art slide into a woozy Dixie shuffle. Rumi's Sufi musings unfurl into a last-call, all-hands-on-deck singalong. Delmhorst delivers the songs with the easy, confident phrasing and wide textural range of a jazz singer. Transcendent in every sense, Srange Conversation bridges literary periods, forms, and musical genres to create an original album truly greater than the sum of its parts, a joyful collection of songs that revels in the interplay of language and melody. The poems - some many centuries old - feel immediate and accessible because they speak to what it is to be alive and human, questions addressed through poetry and song from time immemorial. This is the 'strange conversation' of the title, the eternally ongoing dialogue among artists of all kinds, spanning centuries and continents, languages and cultures, and in which no one ever has the final word.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By G. E. Harrison TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I'm not sure if I'd have actually chosen Kris Delmhorst's CD after just looking at the cover - which features a drawing of piles of books - or if I had read the album's brief "a celebratory meditation on art and its ability to speak across time and distance, with inspiration from the work of various well-known poets". However, I heard tracks from the album first and that drew me in, without knowing the rather lofty, literary inspiration for the music. Some of the songs feature poems set to music, while others just use poems for inspiration, with some of the poets in question being Byron, Masefield, James Weldon Johnson, e. e. cummings and Whitman.

The songs are a moody mix of folk, jazz and country that stand up completely on there own, with production by Kris, who also contributes vocals, acoustic guitar, fiddle, piano, cello and background vocals. This is a very consistent set of songs with some great playing from amongst others guitarist Kevin Barry and bass player Paul Kochanski and with Kris's voice soaring over the top. Although the album has an overall sound, there is a variety of different styles here, with "Light of the light" possibly being the most commercial, "Invisible choir" and "Everything is music" having a New Orleans flavour and "Tavern" being a loping slow blues with nice guitar and Hammond from Tom West.

This is a varied set of songs that work on a number of levels, they all sound great and sometimes on songs like "Sea fever" you suddenly think "hang on I know those words - I must go down to the sea again..." it's what's-is-name by thingy..." Despite what you may think it does all work and it works very well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific album 11 Dec 2012
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What a terrific album! Like quite a few people in the UK I came across Kris Delmhorst when Since You Went Away featured in the TV series Case Histories and I tracked this album down from there. It's really excellent in my view - thoughtful, intelligent, tuneful and varied.

Kris Delmhorst has based these songs on works by poets. Some are settings of words close to the original and others loosely adapted but all work very well. As examples, Masefield's Sea Fever is truly beautiful and her adaptation of pretty how town by e.e. cummins is deceptively up-beat, giving it a great impact. The songs have elements of country, folk and jazz all of which are exceptionally well played and sung and the overall effect is stunning, I think.

Kris Delmhorst is less well-known than she deserves to be on this evidence. She is a fine songwriter and a great performer with a lovely voice, and I recommend this album very warmly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arguably Her Finest Hour. 29 Oct 2013
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Not a duff track on this album and it was listening to "Sea Fever" that persuaded me to move back to the small, coastal town I was born in, so a life-changing (in a good way) album for me. There are several standout tracks on this fine album and "Since You Went Away" was used in the recent CASE HISTORIES series on BBC!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great relaxed voice and music 1 Oct 2013
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Sea Fever is a lovely track full of atmosphere and depth. It's good to hear someone with such a distinctive voice and style who really seems to enjoy singing.
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