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4.0 out of 5 stars Rarities? - sort of...
This album appears to be a re-issue of an American Promo disc issued in 2001.

All of the songs contained on this album are B-Sides taken from the CD singles released to promote 'Love in the Time of Science' (between 1999-2001). The tracks may well be considered rarities in America but they have all been made available over here previously and continue to be...
Published on 26 Aug 2009 by Gran Touristmo

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1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
unlike each of her excellent original albums, this complilation fails miserably to attract & entertain,unless you're into something you could find in the Dance section.The first few tracks are ok - although available on other albums in versions at least as good. The rest of the two discs are made up of Dance versions of either new or re-mixed versions of songs - some new...
Published on 5 Nov 2011 by Dp Smith


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rarities? - sort of..., 26 Aug 2009
This review is from: Rarities (Audio CD)
This album appears to be a re-issue of an American Promo disc issued in 2001.

All of the songs contained on this album are B-Sides taken from the CD singles released to promote 'Love in the Time of Science' (between 1999-2001). The tracks may well be considered rarities in America but they have all been made available over here previously and continue to be available as Downloads.

So, if you have been a fan for a while and own the singles from the first album, then give this a miss, as you probably own most if not all of the tracks here. And if you are a fan of her later releases (particularly Fisherman's Woman), the final two tracks on the album might not appeal. For everyone else though, definitely worth a listen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rare gems, 18 Mar 2010
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Rarities (Audio CD)
A lot of people have heard Emiliana Torrini's work, even if they didn't immediately identify her on albums by Gus Gus, Thievery Corporation, and Kylie Minogue. Her quirky, pretty style is on display in "Rarities." It's exactly what it sounds like -- odds and ends, remixes and B-sides. And despite a few odd choices, it's a rousing success.

It opens with four B-sides, odds and ends that weren't on any of her previous albums. "Weird Friendless Kid" is a gentle ode to the people of this world who don't fit in, while "If You Go Away" is a poignant, crystalline love song. "Flirt" is Torrini at her most offbeat ("Banging my drums with your bones as you scream and shout!"), and "7-Up Days" is a shivery, catchy little tune.

The remixes start off strong with an acoustic version of "Tuna Fish," which loses none of its eerie charm when played on stripped-down guitar and drums. "Baby Blue (Rae & Christian Remix)" is even better than the original, using a vaguely funereal tone that gives the strange song added solemnity. The ones that follow aren't as good -- they tend to be a bit too dense and dancey, especially the "Unemployed in Summertime" remix.

Those who enjoyed the fascinatingly offbeat style of "Love in the Time of Science" will probably enjoy "Rarities." It's a bit less acoustic in the B-sides, and almost dizzyingly electronic in the dancey remixes. But Torrini's offbeat lyrics and quirky charm are present everywhere.

The songwriting is strong as ever, ranging from simple and sweetly memorable ("If you go away/On this summer day/Then you might as well/Take the sun away") to gloriously weird ("Before I touch you I would like to think/Of black hair and butterfly milk/Ingredients of your gift"). Most pop singers couldn't really pull off a song that talks about drumming with bones without sounding poseurish, but Torrini does it.

And Torrini proves again that she doesn't need electronica to sound eerie -- muted drums and an acoustic guitar can be just as good as the textured soundscape of the "Baby Blue" remix. Her pretty, soft, vaguely voice can sound playful or poignant, and her Icelandic accent gives the vocals a slightly exotic edge.

Emiliana Torrini's "Rarities" is a solid collection of remixes and B-sides, ranging from acoustic ballads to trip-hop tapesties. Definitely something worth checking out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Contains some gems, 22 Sep 2009
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Phil Robertshaw (North Somerset) - See all my reviews
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It is true that these songs are mostly B-sides, but in a way that is what makes them rarities. They're not too easy to get hold of these days on the singles that they appeared on. If you don't already know Emiliana Torrini's work, then you should definitely check out her main albums before considering this, but otherwise, the tracks 'Weird Friendless Kid' and the beautiful 'If You Go Away' are just about worth the price tag on their own. Remixes are, depending on your taste, diverting or uninteresting, but you should certainly buy this for the aforementioned songs at the very least. One for the fans.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing, 5 Nov 2011
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Dp Smith "Darren" (Hopton on sea) - See all my reviews
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unlike each of her excellent original albums, this complilation fails miserably to attract & entertain,unless you're into something you could find in the Dance section.The first few tracks are ok - although available on other albums in versions at least as good. The rest of the two discs are made up of Dance versions of either new or re-mixed versions of songs - some new to fans, others also available elsewhere. Torrini is a superlative talent, wonderful live or on her other albums. Miss this one though, very disappointing, now where's that charity bag...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, 6 Sep 2013
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What a lovely CD. Unusual songs, her rendition of If you go away on a summer's day was breath taking.
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