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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute gem,
This review is from: We Become Ourselves (Audio CD)Rebekka Karijard's latest aibum, We Become Ourselves, is an absolute gem. The entire albums is infused with haunting melodies, hypnotic arrangements and intelligent lyrics, from the pulsing tempo of the opening track (Prayer), through the almost calypso qualities of Multicoloured Hummingbird to the funeral meloncholy of the final track (Bandages) the listener is never in doubt that this is music for grown ups.
Some of her songs are slightly reminiscent of her fellow Scandanavian songstressess (particular Ane Brun and Ingrid Olava) but that's no bad thing because, in this reviewers humble opinion, the current crop of Scandanavian female singer songwriters is exceptional and Ms Karijard's work never comes close to losing it's own distinctive quality..
I don't know whether there is such a thing as a Scandavian sound, but for anyone who wants to listen to music that resonates beyond the ear and touches the place where our hopes, fears, dreams, pain, joy and aspirations live, I not only recommend this album, but also suggest that you look north and check out Ane Brun, Ingrid Olava, Susan Sundfor, Agnes Obel, Nina Kinert and other Scandanavian female singer songwriters
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4.0 out of 5 stars Old World Siren,
This review is from: We Become Ourselves (Audio CD)The industry's conveyor belt of female voices continues to roll, but with Rebekka Karijord`s on-going evolution from run-of-the-mill sombre songstress to ambitious composer and arranger it seems to have gifted one with way more than the usual iota of personality.
In possession of an especially impressive set of lungs, Karijord is unquestionably branching out with We Become Ourselves. Picking up where her debut album's single "Parking Lot" left off, the thematically dark "Use My Body While It's Still Young" bubbles with rhythmic handclaps and alt-pop hooks that stick with Lykke Li-like persistence around a line of vintage organ progressions. So too are the swells and mildly threatening undertow of "Your Love" born of the sort of intelligent, slightly dark pop for which we have the likes of Florence to thank.
Yet it's misleading to assume We Become Ourselves is full of such turns. With its sparse percussion, the atmospheric opener "Prayer" does a far better job of setting the overall scene , Karijord cooing like the wind of her native Norway and testing her register periodically with wildly melismatic dalliances. The track also introduces a clever inversion of type too when a sinister lurching is added via a deep male choir who reappear both on the spine-tingling "You Make Me Real" (which hangs on the most minimal percussive clicking and dither of evocative strings), as well as on the otherwise neither-here-nor-there "Save Yourself", which closes with an organ-accompanied, almost ecclesiastical exercise in reverence.
The mood is altogether lighter, more optimistic and playful during "Multicolored Hummingbird". Neverthless, and despite an operatic turn at its midpoint, it perhaps lacks the depths elsewhere apparent on this strong LP. The tender title track on the other hand seems a window to another age in comparison, its whispery outdoorsy folk a memory of woodland nymphs going about their nocturnal dance in a landscape since ravished and rendered into that of the gothic artwork.
There are two big piano hitters worthy of mention too - pure killer if you love echoing footfalls and lip-wobbling vocals - the latter of which, "Ode To What Is Lost", draws on Karijord's background in musical scores before drifting off into mesmeric meandering not unlike that of Julianna Barwick. The closer "Bandages", on which fellow Scandinavian songstress Ane Brun guests, is an equally ethereal and naturalistic ballad.
There's real skill on display here, both in the spacious mix and vocal gymnastics yet Karijord doesn't hold universal appeal - she's more special than that. Those that do fall for her charms however will do so obsessionally, deeply scarred by this old world Siren.
Advised downloads: "Prayer" and "Your Love".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible.,
This review is from: We Become Ourselves (Audio CD)Rebekka Karijord's incredible talent is prevalent throughout the whole of We Become Ourselves as each song shows off her stunning vocals and impressive song-writing ability.
Opener `Prayer' is haunting as Karijord's eerie harmonies and effortlessly pure high-range vocals pierce through the rhythmic percussion. Achingly beautiful harp arpeggios, resonating deep cello and shakes of the tambourine add atmosphere to the already striking title track `We Become Ourselves'. `Use My Body While It's Still Young' is the first single from We Become Ourselves and carries a notion of alarm as the fast paced bass accompaniment is dark and ominous. Not only is the single inventive but it also has a memorable chorus and a firm hook proving that Rebekka Karijord is hit material too.
Throughout the album, Karijord showcases her knack for developing tracks as each song begins with a certain melody that by the end has grown into something more complex and innovative. 'Your Love' demonstrates this best as at every interval a new instrument is added: strings, piano, more percussion, the list is endless. The foreboding minor melody that underlies `Your Love' really gives the track a personality and a creepy uneasy feel to it.
Karijord's melancholy hums on `You Make Me Real' accompanied by a lone acoustic guitar and deep strings, further demonstrates her amazing gift for song. The development of the initial melody swells into a full bodied harmony section before dropping right down and progressing into an exquisite canon. On `An Ode To What Was Lost' Karijord completely blows everything else out of the water as her vocals become ethereal and outrageously high before slipping effortlessly straight back into a low, rich tone.
We Become Ourselves contains numerous intricate melodies that interweave themselves through complex harmonies and layer upon layer of instrumental patterns. The evocative nature of each song will capture the attention of anyone within reach and pull them further and further in, meaning once you've heard the album once you won't be able to stop. Elusive, enthralling and captivating We Become Ourselves is an album that you'll be powerless to resist.
4.0 out of 5 stars Like It,
This review is from: We Become Ourselves (Audio CD)Thought she was a bit like Florence and the Machine,how wrong I was really haunting tunes and masterful lyrics will buy more from her.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album.,
This review is from: We Become Ourselves (Audio CD)It looks like working with good musicians didn't take any quality out but added an additional awesome sound to Rebekka Karijord's music. If you liked Rebekka'a previous works, you gonna love this one as well!
4.0 out of 5 stars Rebekka Evolving,
This review is from: We Become Ourselves (Audio CD)Looking back to her first album Neophyte which really wasnt my thing at all (apart from the track "Almost") it took her something like 6yrs to get to her last album The Noble Art in 2009. On there one can hear sounds of Alanis Morrisette (Undo Love & Dead on my Feet), and maybe a bit of Tori Amos, but it was still a welcome leap from her debut. I cant help thinking is she looking for a sound to go for? Is this why we hear other (albeit powerful) female vocalists in her vocal style? Now that her 3rd album has landed we can see an evolution thats taken nearly 9yrs and now its Florence Welch we hear. The thing is though, theres another way to look at this, maybe its whats current that matters. FATM have had great success, and theyre pretty unique in style, but whats wrong with adopting that style and putting your own twist on it? Rebekka does seem to mimic that sound with no effort at all (hey Ms Welch, you aint so unique after all) and personally I think she sings quieter songs much better. On the track You Make Me Real shes back in Alanis mode again singing over a Norse sounding, cold sea hymn which I can imagine crashing through towering waves trying to get to the safety of shore with. It leads perfectly to Ode To What Was Lost which has sounds of those waves crashing in the backround. This album isnt perfect but if she evolves just that little bit more and puts her voice over some huge strings, beats, and anthemic choruses the next album could be massive. Lets hope she keeps evolving.
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