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5.0 out of 5 stars Taking Notice, 17 Feb 2010
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The Wolf (uk) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Thomas Dybdahl (Audio CD)
Sometimes good things slip by without our noticing.
You know how it is; turning right instead of left
at a green traffic light might make the difference
between finding true love or not. How would we know?!

Thomas Dybdahl is a Norwegian singer/songwriter and
I would appear to have fallen head-over-heels in love
with this eponymously titled album released last Autumn.

It is a marvellous affair from start to finish.

Comparisons with Tim Buckley and Nick Drake ring a
little hollow to my unattuned ears. He seems to be
very much his own man to me and in complete command
of both his muse and his musical materials.

The album is, in fact, a compilation reflecting the
riches to be found on the four further albums he has
released since 2002. It is a fine introduction.

Whether in the blissed-out anthemic pop of 'Cecilia'
(a truly mesmerising number) or the richly-textured magic
of songs like 'All's Not Lost' and 'That Great October Sound'
(both compositions wrapped up in delightful and highly
accomplished string arrangements) it quickly becomes clear
that we are in the company of a performer of distinction.

Mr Dybdahl has a lovely voice. A tad other-worldly in the
nicest-possible-way and capable of a wide range of tonal
colours and subtle emotional expression.

'One Day You'll Dance For Me, New York City' is
a sublime threnody saturated with warm harmonies
and a cleverly deployed instrumental ensemble.
Late night saxophone, pedal steel guitar and hammond organ
all contribute to the dense atmosphere of weary longing.

Final track 'Rise In Shame', from his 2003 album 'Stray Dogs',
is a top-drawer composition in every way. The well paced and
spaced production supports one of Mr Dybdahl's finest vocal
performances and brings this splendid collection to a rousing close.

Much more than a taster; more a celebration of a career so-far.
Mr Dybdahl deserves both our attention and admiration.

Highly Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An early Greatest Hits, 31 Mar 2011
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I've been a fan of Thomas' for a while but had not been able to purchase a non-import release until now. This is a sort-of best of collection from his first four albums (fifth recently released). Some wonderful tracks here, standouts for me are:

2. A Love Story
6. Cecelia
7. That Great October Sound
10. Adelaide
11. One Day You'll Dance For Me New York City.

Plenty to enjoy. His sound is quite folky, but with unexpected instruments and arrangements throughout. His voice is quite soft and strong, in style not a million miles from Jeff Buckley, Duncan Sheik, Damien Rice.

Hoping he gets some recognition here in Ireland and also in the UK - he deserves credit and an expanded fanbase for his original, beautiful musical take on life and love. RECOMMENDED!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Warning - Dybdahl is habit forming!, 16 Feb 2011
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This is an excellent sampler for those who have not yet been fortunate enough to discover the music of Thomas Dybdahl. But I warn you that if you buy this you will instantly start searching for all his 5 solo albums and the even more difficult to find EP's.
It's years since I bought a series of CDs that are so rewarding, revealling some new hidden joy each time you listen to them.
So if you want to get into Dybdahl buy "Sciene" which is usually available cheap and then prepare to spend your days searching obscure Norwegian and Danish sites for the others - it took me a year to track down the box set at an affordable price.
And once you have them all you can smugly declare to anyone that will listen that you party to music best kept secret.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 22 Feb 2010
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Just brilliant.

I know that's not a very helpful description. So just do what I did. Go check it out online for free on one of the myriad of free streaming sites - then, if you really enjoy it, buy it. I'm very glad I did.

OK then:
Folky soulful rock pop. All beautifully produced. Often dark but ultimately very optimistic.
Tinges of Meshell Ndegeocello's 'Bitter' album here and there, and more than a dollop of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon on the final 2 tracks.

Have a listen
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