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5.0 out of 5 stars for music lovers who listen, 4 Nov 1999
Jack Donen (copenhagen, denmark) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Eallin (Audio CD)
MARI BOINE: 'Eallin' After 2 years here she is again. With music as it is sung and played. Right from the smoking gun of the first number, which decribes "a state of mind where your intellect is disconnected" - and to the last, gently loving number, dedicated "To You", an eighty year old woman - this album is a tour de fource of sound, rhythm, technique. By Mari Boine, and by each and every one of her five musicians. Mari Boine sings and yoiks, characteristically using her voice like a bird ("Eagle Brother" is the title of her second CD). She flies high and free, exploring all possibilities with her voice - to the limits of the impossible - and the others are right there together with her. Making sounds and music which awaken the attention of the listener, bringing excitement, warmth and joy with them. This is music you don't physically have to dance to, in order to experience the spread of well-being through your body, your limbs, your veins, that dancing normally brings. Essentially, these musicians seem to know a lot about silence, and the value of experiencing spacial freedom, also in sound. Their expression, then, becomes a continual movement of sound into silence. Always conscious, never automatically repeating old lessons. That's creativity: a journey into the unknown, also for the listener. Mari Boine is part Sami, from Norway. She sings with special feeling for the Sami people and their culture, a culture which places a high value on tradition, and on respect for both human and natural wisdom. Energetically, there is a sense of power in her voice, present even when she whispers. A feeling of her connection also to the dark forces of the earth. It's a feeling that makes one think of what frightened the church in the Middle Ages, when witch-hunting swept the Western world. When the Church tried to eradicate the defiant forces of individuality, that would not be controlled by its network of oftentimes empty and unauthentic religious authority. This feeling of basic, dark power is shared also through the musicians in the group.They follow the singer, and there's a cohesion in their interplay that only occasionally gives way to actual solos . But when it does(listen to the fantastic guitar solo on 'Free'), it brings one's attention to hearing just how good the individual musicians really are. The music is rhythmic: low down pulsating, fast and swinging, slow and thoughtful. And the recording is very good, strengthening the impression of space and multi-dimensionality that the musicians create. Music for music lovers. Jack Donen
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