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Vid Og Vid [CD]

Olöf Arnalds Audio CD
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Time Out New York once wrote that Ólöf Arnalds possess the kind of voice “that can silence a room, such is its sweetness”, while, elsewhere, that ambrosial yet mysteriously potent instrument has been labelled “otherworldly” (The New York Times), “stunning” (SPIN) and “bewitching” (Rolling Stone). Countrywoman and sometime ... Read more in Amazon's Olöf Arnalds Store

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  • Audio CD (23 Nov 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: One Little Indian
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,304 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Englar Og Dárar
2. Í Nýju Húsi
3. Klara
4. Við Og Við
5. Orfeus Og Evridís (originally by Megas)
6. Vittu Af Mér
7. Moldin
8. Náttsöngur
9. Skjaldborg
10. Ævagömul Orkuþula

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BBC Review

While Ólöf (pronounced Oluff) Arnalds hasn’t endured anything like the 30-year wait Vashti Bunyan endured until the reappraisal of her lost classic, Just Another Diamond Day, it has taken more than two years for the Icelandic songstress’s own debut to be awarded a UK (and US) release.

Label issues aside – for there always are some – Bunyan’s album dawdled in obscurity for much the same reason that this by her modern-day kindred spirit has: Arnalds’ timid, autumnal folk has such an exquisite pallor and fragile heart that it’ll make you reach for a protective dust sheet with which to wrap it in and tuck safely away.

Thankfully, though, it’s been brought carefully out of the vaults. And just in time, too. Although it precedes Arnalds’ upcoming second album Okidoki by just a few months, Við Og Við, produced by Sigur Rós’s Kjartan Sveinsson, is hewn from a very different time in Arnalds’ life. Similar in theme to Panda Bear’s harrowing Young Prayer, Arnalds went into the studio in 2006 following the death of her father in an attempt to both unleash her grief and capture the raw emotion of that healing process without veering into gauche melodrama (we’re looking askance at you, White Lies).

She does it wonderfully, too. Far less austere than Panda’s howling account, Arnalds’ is a sparse yet paw-soft collection that allows the sun, and her hopefulness, to warm the chilly loneliness of her songs. Throughout, the sometime Múm member picks prettily and insistently on Koto harp, lute and guitar, with accordion and trumpet weaving ghostly between each scrape of the fret-board and lilting melodies that tout an interest in folk music that reaches far beyond her own isle to Scotland, Japan and the Middle East.

The obvious references for such honest, unaffected melancholy are Bunyan and – thanks to a high, clear voice that gets confused for childish rather than alluringly guttural – Joanna Newsom, although there’s nothing stately or grandiose about Arnalds. In songs such as Klara, she plays and sings with a rich, comely earthiness rather than wrist-twirling, fairy-informed whimsy and, even without translation, these are wonderfully comforting songs.

With a soon-to-arrive second album (inspired, we’re told, by the emotional, melon-twisting experience of childbirth) it would seem Iceland has another fine export to help boost its economy. --Chris Parkin

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More beautiful and hypnotic music from Iceland 23 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD
Iceland just keeps producing truly great music. It baffles me that a country with just over 300,000 people can produce so many inspiring bands and artists.

Olof Arnalds is another one to add to that list. I was a fan of her work with Múm, so had to check this out, and I've been quite bowled over to be honest.

Her voice is stunning, and although she sings in Icelandic, the lyrics have a melody of their own. How the words sound, in her case, seems just as important as what she's saying.

The music revolves around her voice, and folky, sparse acoustic guitar. And the strings on some tracks (played by Amiina, another wonderful Icelandic band), are just gorgeous.

It's probably one of my albums of the year, and one that will continue to entrance me for many years to come.
Highly, highly recommended to all!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Album 6 Mar 2014
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So good, in so many ways. Complex melodies, on beautifully simple instrumentation, interwoven with a beautiful voice. If you get a chance to see her live - she's fantastic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vid og vid 25 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD
The ethereal soundworld evoked by this Icelandic band.conjours up images of the faere world. The very rocks come alive and elves and trolls are discovered at their muse. This CD sings of the soul of the sea-bound land of ice and fire.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It!!! 7 July 2010
By WannaTellU - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you need to relax and want to hear a special sound- like no other- this is the CD for you. It's a real treat for your ears and your nerves. No Hesitation!
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good folk music 12 Feb 2010
By M. Dalton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Reminds me of gaelic music, very pretty, nice to listen to. No idea what she is singing about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strikingly Beautiful 15 Jun 2010
By Claire Regine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Ólöf sings pure and true folk. Her songs range from folk tales to lullabies. She accompanies herself with mostly simple stringed instruments of traditional origin. I love this album.
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