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The Walking

Jane Siberry Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (20 Jan 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wea Corp
  • ASIN: B000008KOS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,617 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most beautiful voice ever? 26 Sep 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the most brilliant albums I have ever heard. Jane Siberry sings as though truly enchanted, and her haunted tones are unbelievably beautiful. "The Lobby" is just incredible.
The songs are full of wonder and invention, and for me Jane is at her creative peak with this and her following album, "Bound by the Beauty".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More magical musings from Jane Siberry 5 May 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Jane Siberry's fourth album, "The Walking" takes the complex lyricism and beautifully crafted music of "No Borders Here" and "The Speckless Sky" to some sort of conclusion. More obscure, in that the lyrics are even more intricate and the songs even more complex, but also more delightful than the earlier albums, "The Walking" contains some of La Siberry's very best work (and that's saying something), from "The White Tent / The Raft" to the intricate "Lena Is A White Table" and, for this author, the album's standout "The Bird In The Gravel", a true pocket symphony. A must for Siberry fans, "The Walking" represents a sort of conclusion to the "electronic" phase of her career (before she moves to the warmer acoustic arrangements of the superb "Bound By The Beauty" and later, jazzier works like "Maria") while retaining the humour and mystery of the earlier records. The CD release is slightly different to the original vinyl album, featuring a longer version of "Ingrid and the Footman".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
If you want a shining example of just how far music can be pushed using those old staples guitar, keyboards, drums then Jane Siberry,s 1988 album The Walking is the one. Okay there is some trumpet , trombone, bells and tambourine in the mix as well but this hardly constitutes a symphony orchestra or esoteric cavalcade of backing musicians. What also helps is having a voice like Jane Siberry - a soaring swooping extra sensory instrument as clear as a gargantuan Foxes, glacier mint( just listen to "Red High Heels" around 4.45 in )Her song writing isn't too shoddy either.
If pushed I would describe The Walking as a cross between Laurie Andersons eclectic art rock amalgamations but with the commercial ear of Kate Bush . Something like that . Any doubts will be dispelled by the aforementioned "Red High Heels" a gossamer light elevated pop song marvel but with canny oblique angles and little melodic feints. "The White Tent The Raft" is a clever song over nine minutes long that veers all over the place with little abbreviated pockets of hushed tones before spiralling off again. "Ingrid And The Footman " is an epic polished pop song with typical eighties glossy production and a juicy melodic choral dip before that voice rockets off into the stratosphere again.
"Lena Is A White Table" is a little clunky at first but suddenly veers off down some gleaming multi-highway of pops ideals while the title track , sort of , "The Walking (And Constantly ) " is led by crystal fragile piano notes before a luminescent vocal stretch of the vocal chords and some heavy duty percussion.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Criminally underappreciated! 18 Mar 2003
By Eric Swanger - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Totally brilliant album...I don't even know where to start!
I think this is the album where she has really discovered the power of her own voice. The vocals are intricately and yet densely layered, and she displays an amazing range of how she uses her voice, whether painfully high and operatic or soft spoken. She has a really original voice also, joining a long list of other contemporary singers such as kate bush, bjork, natalie merchant...a voice that is almost instantly recognizable.
Her music on this album is probably the most complex of her career, especially the songs "Lena is a White Table" and "The White Tent the Raft," which are the strongest songs on the album and consequently of the best of her career. "The White Tent the Raft" and "Bird in the Gravel" are the most epic-length compositions she has ever done, which leaves her plenty of room to create some amazingly dense landscapes of music. The album also is more conceptual than other releases, because I get the feeling the tracks are arranged in their order to elude to a kind of musical journey.
Her music is extremely difficult to pigeonhole, which is good for her I think, because I think it makes her able to leap from different genres without flinching an inch. She has maintained an impressive talent for some 20 years now, and her albums have always had something distinctively different to offer, as they are generally quite different from each other. I still stand by my feeling that this is Jane Siberry at her peak, however I also think that "No Borders Here" and "Bound by the Beauty" are also quite impressive releases, but are quite different musical experiments than "The Walking."
I have always loved Jane Siberry's musical perspective. Her music has a poetic edge that is painfully missing from most contemporary music these days. A lot of critics call her "quirky," which I think really means that they don't understand her music, and feel they have to qualify her sound in a way that is simple to understand, even if her music is far more complex than that. Jane Siberry is a painfully underappreciated songwriter and musician, however I think her name comes up in certain circles more often now, because I think a lot of modern songwriters are familiar with her music, and list her as one of their influences. Her music certainly warrants that kind of appreciation, as she is one of the most original voices that has come to light in the past 2 decades.
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult, Obscure, Complex - Her Masterpiece 5 Aug 2000
By dev1 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I've been procrastinating writing a critique of The Walking because the task is too much like work. And work, unless you happen to be the skipper of a chartered sailboat, ain't fun. I also considered describing the CD as pioneering, ingenious and elusive. The albums of artists such as Suzanne Vega, Kate Bush and Laurie Anderson also meet the same criteria, but none sound at all like The Walking.
After listening to Jane for years, the best description is that The Walking is a collection of "mini-suites." So what the heck is a "mini-suite"? Well, it's a musical composition from four to eleven minutes long with several changes in melody and tempo; and has a nonstandard verse-chorus-verse structure. Her compositions resemble different songs woven together into one "suite." The Walking opens with the 9-minute epic titled `The White Tent The Raft.' The composition begins with two lovely and melodic verses, moves through 5 "clearings," each time returning to a powerful rhythm driven chorus. Each "clearing" is followed by a dissonant "transparent," leading back to original melody. The composition ends with Jane whispering "The white tent, the raft and one red leaf for my love - for your love." Musicians might describe `The White Tent The Raft' as an exercise in dissonance and resolution. The song is both intellectually challenging and emotionally spellbinding.
`Goodbye' is a musical metaphor relating Jane's attempt to dine in a restaurant, and leaving her loved one. Her sobbing plea for a table "just for one" is heartbreaking. Cut 4 (Ingrid and The Footman) is a delightful "fun" song with a silly "Yahdee Yahdee" chorus. The title song (The Walking and Constantly) is a melodic and rhythm driven composition of emotional loss. In summary, The Walking is Jane Siberry's most difficult, obscure and complex album. Which means that it is also her Masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing. Words can't describe this record's power and beauty. 7 May 2006
By Aly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This will be my third review (one in my school paper, the other on Epinions) on this album, and I still can't find words that will do it justice. The Walking is just an amazing album.

With songs that are beautiful, experimental, and thought-provoking, Jane Siberry challenges the listener to the extreme with this album. I've listened to a lot of music (well, a lot for my age), and I can only think of a handful of albums that match the listening experience that is this album. Jane goes through a whole cycle of emotions in just the first song, so naturally the entire album is an intellectual, spiritual, and emotional journey through Jane's mind. And what a beautiful mind it is.

The opening track, "The White Tent The Raft," is over nine minutes(!) long and goes through several "clearings." If you can snag a copy of the lyrics/liner notes, it's very cool to see how Jane separated this. "Red High Heels" is a lovely little song that "sways and reels" through a pretty melody with equally pretty music. "Goodbye" is one of the most heartbreaking songs about lost love ever written ("I went to say I love you/But instead I said goodbye"), which climaxes in Jane pleading for a table "just for one" in a restaurant, and then leaving in a defiant huff: "Don't you want my business? I will never come back here..." However, Jane rounds out the sadness with the unbelievably catchy (and clever) "Ingrid (And The Footman)," which is a sprightly romp with a chorus consisting of just "Yahdee, yahdee, yahdee..." Next is "Lena Is A White Table," which is one of the most experimental songs on the album. Again, worth looking at the liner notes to see all of the narrators on this one, including a window. "The Walking (And Constantly)" is sad and reminds me of water ("An endless stream of endless dreams/That wheel and roll just past my shoulder") as Jane's gorgeous voice builds around a piano melody. "The Lobby" is a very beautiful song and is one of Jane's greatest sonic achievements, having a very ethereal quality to it. The album rounds out with "The Bird In The Gravel," which has even more narrators to be had. The track is a lovely and experimental 10-minute-plus sprawl through the autumn season and the minds of inhabitants of a mansion.

The Walking is truly a pop album of the highest calibre. Where traditional pop music just serves as ear candy, Siberry redefines art with this album. With only eight tracks that average at over six minutes in length each, The Walking will probably challenge and test a casual listener's patience. However, those who will be able to appreciate the beauty of this album will most definitely come to fall in love with it. Five stars, easily. A classic.

"Ever riotous, ever willing, ever walking." - Jane Siberry, liner notes in The Walking, speaking of the songs on this album.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn about Siberry starting at ground level 9 Nov 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Jane Siberry has made a name for herself, in her own fashion, in the alternative folk/pop world and beyond. But for those listeners who came to know and appreciate her music and personae in the last ten years or so, The Walking is well worth reaching back thirteen years for. I first heard the tracks on this CD during a live performance in a small college auditorium that was less than half full. Siberry spoke very little during the show, and much of it was more like performance art than a concert. It moved me more than any performance ever has, though I never could say why. I think When I was a Boy and Bound By the Beauty are her best albums in terms of polish, discipline, and accessibility. But The Walking offers listeners a journey through music and imagery that is unparalleled in scope and strength. Don't miss this trip!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of her best 1 Jun 2013
By Netty - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought the album when it first came out and I am so pleased to have the CD so I can listen to it again. Jane Siberry is awesome.
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