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'Aventine' is the second album release from Berlin-based Danish phenomenon Agnes Obel, the follow up to her critically acclaimed debut 'Philharmonics' of 2010. Like 'Philharmonics', the new album was written, arranged, and produced by Agnes, who provides piano and vocals. The album features a small ensemble including cellist Anne Müller, who has also played with Nils Frahm, along with Mika Posen of Timber Timbre playing the violin and viola on 'The Curse', 'Pass Them By' and 'Fivefold'. Robert Kondorossi of Budzillus plays guitar on 'Pass Them By'. Building on the sonic template of her debut, 'Aventine' is a deeper and darker (though none the less elegantly sublime) affair, with songs of genuine heart stopping beauty in the likes of first single 'The Curse', 'Dorian' and 'Fuel To Fire' Originally from Copenhagen, Agnes has lived in Berlin since 2006, where 'Aventine' was recorded at her Chalk Wood Studios between January and May 2013.
Top Customer Reviews
of that year. I can find no good reason at all to abandon her with the arrival
of her new release 'Aventine'. There are eleven numbers in the collection.
Her inimitably haunting voice can make the hair stand up on the back of your
neck. By turns cold as a mountain stream and warm as a comfortable, treasured,
well-worn sweater, it envelops you in its mysterious embrace. Dreamlike and
utterly beautiful. This is truly a recording to welcome in with open arms!
As in her past work, these piano-led compositions, embellished by occasional
additional instrumentation, subdued percussion and strings weave a glorious
web of sound around her mesmerising vocal performances. Comparisons with some
of Tori Amos' finest moments might not be unwarranted, especially on inventions
such as the exquisite waltz-time title track but Ms Obel is nevertheless the
sole Mistress of her melancholy muse. These are songs to listen to by moonlight.
Standout tracks include the gently flowing and utterly sublime 'Dorian' with
its beautifully tempered vocal harmonies; the curiously bluesy tick-tock of
time passing and mournful cello obligato on 'The Curse' and the delightful
piano miniature 'Tokka', which coming in to land at just a minute and a half
is a little tune of which the Czech composer Janacek might well have been proud.
'Aventine' is a tantalising, magical and utterly unmissable experience.
I had only heard 'The Curse' prior to buying Aventine and was slightly concerned that the rest of the album may turn out to be disappointing by comparison but I found that each song ( including the instrumentals) easily hold their own !
Having enjoyed this particular album, I hope to also purchase Agnes's other work in the near future .
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Beautiful, melodic music. Relaxing but never boring. I'm very happy to have found the music of Agnes Obel. Highly recommended!Published 1 month ago by snowleopard
Wow, Agnes has not only done it again, but has surpassed herself with this second album.Published 3 months ago by Hippy Si
An amazing album. Can't stop listening to it. I heard one track on the radio on a late programme and liked what I heard. Bought it on the strength of that one track. Glad I did.Published 3 months ago by Baz54
A sublime album to contemplate as you sit with a glass; no a bottle; of wine and enjoy every note of every track. Totally amazingPublished 4 months ago by Alan Farnworth
I discovered Agnes Obel by accident recently, in truth. The album is great, but I have to mark it down a star because of the packaging. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer