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  • Audio CD (23 Aug. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Msi Music Corp
  • ASIN: B0000DEP89
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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It's a testament to the remarkable emotional completeness of this little album that one entirely forgets (and forgives) it's brevity - I listened through to it first time without noting the duration, and was astonished to discover afterward that it had lasted less than 32 minutes. From the disconcertingly low-key opener, "Everyone Else in the World", Stina unfolds a magically strange and beautiful interior landscape, troubled by sinister undertones and unnerving cynicism, all the more chilling for her trademark honeyed delivery. For the most part these are songs of love lost or unrequited - the heartbreaking "Clothe Yourself for the Wind" and "Stations" will haunt your dreams - although she has her upbeat moments along the way; the two tracks featuring Brett Anderson are 70-s style stompers, and the utterly delightful "Lori-Glory" is the most fun I've ever heard Stina having on record, purest pop. The album closes poignantly with the mature resignation of "Sharon and Hope", a fitting end to a gorgeous, addictive record. As always the arrangements, although spare, are absolutely spot-on, the musical palette this time comprising mainly piano, rhythm guitar and bass/drums, with an occasional blast of very 70s horns. Not to mention that voice.
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This is Stina's first album of original material for five years. It clocks in at just under thirty two minutes, which is almost unheard of for an album these days. Yet it is completely satisfying; a complete experience. No track outstays its welcome. Each track has a different feel, a different soundscape. They are really like photographs of moments. The infectious melodies of her first two albums - 'Memories Of A Colour' and 'And She Closed Her Eyes' - have made a return. This album is less demanding than the third and fourth albums; it's clearly more lightweight than her masterpiece, 'Dynamite', which she is unlikely to surpass; the sound is not as dark, though there are some darker moments. But it would be wrong to see this album as a step backwards. It's an album that's completely successful on its own terms, regardless of the previous work she has done. Most importantly, it's absolutely Stina; no one else would have made an album like this. The trademark vocals, alarmingly up front in the mix, are as compelling as ever. We get two tracks where Brett Anderson sings with Stina - 'Trainsurfing' and 'Keen Yellow Planet' - and they are surprisingly successful numbers, as she keeps Brett on a tight leash and doesn't allow him to foul things up with his melodramatic tendencies. There's the astonishing 'Lori Glory', which is glam rock put through the weird filter; the beautifully lo-fi 'Clothe Yourself For The Wind', just Stina singing and stabbing away at the piano (recalling her version of Rod Stewart's 'Sailing'); and the pure sunshine pop of 'Sharon And Hope'. This is such a satisfying album: a brief, clinically judged, refreshing album. This is twenty first century pop with all the weirdness and the beauty it can possess. A must for anyone who values complete originality.
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Stina Nordenstam is Scandinavia's best kept secret. Unfortunately, we didn't hear much from her during the last few years; the rather disappointing cover-album "People are strange" (1998) is the last cd I can remember. Now, Stina is back with a great album. "This is Stina Nordenstam" comes close to her 1993 masterpiece "And she closed her eyes". Some great new songs and of of course Stina's amazing voice. This is definitely an album you shoudl try when you have a crush on female vocalists. You won't be disappointed ! Buy "And she closed her eyes" at the same time, it's Stina's masterpiece, available for a nice price !
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Anyone familiar with Stina Nordenstam's previous albums will know her as a musical chameleon with a beautifully fragile and hypnotic voice. On this record, though, she has created a hybrid of styles which is not only inspirational, but also hugely accessible. "Clothe yourself for the wind" is a brief reminder of the beautiful "And she closed her eyes", "Circus" harks back to the more melodic tracks on "Dynamite", "Sharon and Hope" is akin to the slightly poppier style of "Memories of a Color", and "Trainsurfing" quite simply ROCKS.
Without doubt, this fusion of all her past incarnations is about as good as it gets in terms of quality, independent music making. Absolutely brilliant.
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