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The Walking CD

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  • Audio CD (20 Jan. 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Wea Corp
  • ASIN: B000008KOS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Format: Audio CD
Jane Siberry's fourth album, "The Walking" takes the complex lyricism and beautifully crafted music of "No Borders Here" and "The Speckless Sky" to some sort of conclusion. More obscure, in that the lyrics are even more intricate and the songs even more complex, but also more delightful than the earlier albums, "The Walking" contains some of La Siberry's very best work (and that's saying something), from "The White Tent / The Raft" to the intricate "Lena Is A White Table" and, for this author, the album's standout "The Bird In The Gravel", a true pocket symphony. A must for Siberry fans, "The Walking" represents a sort of conclusion to the "electronic" phase of her career (before she moves to the warmer acoustic arrangements of the superb "Bound By The Beauty" and later, jazzier works like "Maria") while retaining the humour and mystery of the earlier records. The CD release is slightly different to the original vinyl album, featuring a longer version of "Ingrid and the Footman".
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This is one of the most brilliant albums I have ever heard. Jane Siberry sings as though truly enchanted, and her haunted tones are unbelievably beautiful. "The Lobby" is just incredible.
The songs are full of wonder and invention, and for me Jane is at her creative peak with this and her following album, "Bound by the Beauty".
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If you want a shining example of just how far music can be pushed using those old staples guitar, keyboards, drums then Jane Siberry,s 1988 album The Walking is the one. Okay there is some trumpet , trombone, bells and tambourine in the mix as well but this hardly constitutes a symphony orchestra or esoteric cavalcade of backing musicians. What also helps is having a voice like Jane Siberry - a soaring swooping extra sensory instrument as clear as a gargantuan Foxes, glacier mint( just listen to "Red High Heels" around 4.45 in )Her song writing isn't too shoddy either.
If pushed I would describe The Walking as a cross between Laurie Andersons eclectic art rock amalgamations but with the commercial ear of Kate Bush . Something like that . Any doubts will be dispelled by the aforementioned "Red High Heels" a gossamer light elevated pop song marvel but with canny oblique angles and little melodic feints. "The White Tent The Raft" is a clever song over nine minutes long that veers all over the place with little abbreviated pockets of hushed tones before spiralling off again. "Ingrid And The Footman " is an epic polished pop song with typical eighties glossy production and a juicy melodic choral dip before that voice rockets off into the stratosphere again.
"Lena Is A White Table" is a little clunky at first but suddenly veers off down some gleaming multi-highway of pops ideals while the title track , sort of , "The Walking (And Constantly ) " is led by crystal fragile piano notes before a luminescent vocal stretch of the vocal chords and some heavy duty percussion.
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Lots of fuss about Kate Bush but this woman is in same class, all three albums I have are different with some very special songs. and some off the wall stuff. Original, would never had heard of her if I had not picked up KD Lang's covers of two of those special songs on 49th Parallel album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars IMO, Jane's best 6 Feb. 2013
By David B. Donlon - Published on
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Jane was uninhibited and adventurous on this CD. I've read that afterward she wasn't happy with the reception it got and she changed her writing to accommodate. Well, nothing can dent her lyrical genius, but for me, the feeling of freedom and creative exploration evident in the music on this CD make it tops.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of her best 1 Jun. 2013
By Netty - Published on
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I bought the album when it first came out and I am so pleased to have the CD so I can listen to it again. Jane Siberry is awesome.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous ethereal voice, eclecticism, and production that doesn't quite meet her standard 2 Feb. 2015
By RFIndiana - Published on
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Unlike the many gushing reviews, I can appreciate the many beauties of this record without being blind to its mild faults. I would give it 4 1/2 stars instead of just four, but Amazon doesn't have that as an option. The biggest gripe I have is the light/soft rock accompaniment that is paired with her brilliant singing and lovely voice. It usually doesn't fully support her, in terms of the beauty of her vocals, making the music seem a bit watered-down. As for the songs, The White Tent the Raft is the masterpiece. The Walking (and Constantly) is the second-best track. It's very accessible. The Lobby is a showcase of her vocal abilities and Red High Heels is also a good one. The weakest track is definitely the Bird in the Gravel. Ingrid and Footman and Lena is a White Table are also a mixture of appealing and annoying, although the latter dramatically highlights what is perhaps the strangest lyric in all of rock history "No, no... she's a table!" This record is much stronger than the follow-up, Bound by the Beauty. There is a special sweetness, purity, and innocence... a fresh sound to her voice. The introduction to The White Tent the Raft illustrates this quality perfectly. The song is so lighthearted that the fluffy accompaniment isn't such a bad thing, plus the clever rhythmic variation keeps things moving. The length of the track isn't a drawback at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing. Words can't describe this record's power and beauty. 7 May 2006
By Aly - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This will be my third review (one in my school paper, the other on Epinions) on this album, and I still can't find words that will do it justice. The Walking is just an amazing album.

With songs that are beautiful, experimental, and thought-provoking, Jane Siberry challenges the listener to the extreme with this album. I've listened to a lot of music (well, a lot for my age), and I can only think of a handful of albums that match the listening experience that is this album. Jane goes through a whole cycle of emotions in just the first song, so naturally the entire album is an intellectual, spiritual, and emotional journey through Jane's mind. And what a beautiful mind it is.

The opening track, "The White Tent The Raft," is over nine minutes(!) long and goes through several "clearings." If you can snag a copy of the lyrics/liner notes, it's very cool to see how Jane separated this. "Red High Heels" is a lovely little song that "sways and reels" through a pretty melody with equally pretty music. "Goodbye" is one of the most heartbreaking songs about lost love ever written ("I went to say I love you/But instead I said goodbye"), which climaxes in Jane pleading for a table "just for one" in a restaurant, and then leaving in a defiant huff: "Don't you want my business? I will never come back here..." However, Jane rounds out the sadness with the unbelievably catchy (and clever) "Ingrid (And The Footman)," which is a sprightly romp with a chorus consisting of just "Yahdee, yahdee, yahdee..." Next is "Lena Is A White Table," which is one of the most experimental songs on the album. Again, worth looking at the liner notes to see all of the narrators on this one, including a window. "The Walking (And Constantly)" is sad and reminds me of water ("An endless stream of endless dreams/That wheel and roll just past my shoulder") as Jane's gorgeous voice builds around a piano melody. "The Lobby" is a very beautiful song and is one of Jane's greatest sonic achievements, having a very ethereal quality to it. The album rounds out with "The Bird In The Gravel," which has even more narrators to be had. The track is a lovely and experimental 10-minute-plus sprawl through the autumn season and the minds of inhabitants of a mansion.

The Walking is truly a pop album of the highest calibre. Where traditional pop music just serves as ear candy, Siberry redefines art with this album. With only eight tracks that average at over six minutes in length each, The Walking will probably challenge and test a casual listener's patience. However, those who will be able to appreciate the beauty of this album will most definitely come to fall in love with it. Five stars, easily. A classic.

"Ever riotous, ever willing, ever walking." - Jane Siberry, liner notes in The Walking, speaking of the songs on this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Criminally underappreciated! 18 Mar. 2003
By Eric Swanger - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Totally brilliant album...I don't even know where to start!
I think this is the album where she has really discovered the power of her own voice. The vocals are intricately and yet densely layered, and she displays an amazing range of how she uses her voice, whether painfully high and operatic or soft spoken. She has a really original voice also, joining a long list of other contemporary singers such as kate bush, bjork, natalie merchant...a voice that is almost instantly recognizable.
Her music on this album is probably the most complex of her career, especially the songs "Lena is a White Table" and "The White Tent the Raft," which are the strongest songs on the album and consequently of the best of her career. "The White Tent the Raft" and "Bird in the Gravel" are the most epic-length compositions she has ever done, which leaves her plenty of room to create some amazingly dense landscapes of music. The album also is more conceptual than other releases, because I get the feeling the tracks are arranged in their order to elude to a kind of musical journey.
Her music is extremely difficult to pigeonhole, which is good for her I think, because I think it makes her able to leap from different genres without flinching an inch. She has maintained an impressive talent for some 20 years now, and her albums have always had something distinctively different to offer, as they are generally quite different from each other. I still stand by my feeling that this is Jane Siberry at her peak, however I also think that "No Borders Here" and "Bound by the Beauty" are also quite impressive releases, but are quite different musical experiments than "The Walking."
I have always loved Jane Siberry's musical perspective. Her music has a poetic edge that is painfully missing from most contemporary music these days. A lot of critics call her "quirky," which I think really means that they don't understand her music, and feel they have to qualify her sound in a way that is simple to understand, even if her music is far more complex than that. Jane Siberry is a painfully underappreciated songwriter and musician, however I think her name comes up in certain circles more often now, because I think a lot of modern songwriters are familiar with her music, and list her as one of their influences. Her music certainly warrants that kind of appreciation, as she is one of the most original voices that has come to light in the past 2 decades.
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