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on 5 January 2006
Having seen Anette Strean, the singer of Venus Hum, performing 'I Feel Love', originally a song by Donna Summer, with the Blue Man Group across America and the UK, on their live performance music video, and being amazed by the psychedelic effects on stage and Anette's flawless voice (even live!) I was convinced that Venus Hum must be an unjustly little known band of enormous talent.
I went searching for Venus Hum's music videos on Yahoo! and did find music videos of Hummingbirds and Soul Sloshing, (which have been mysteriously taken down...) I really enjoyed both songs and found their style to be a real breath of fresh air, reminding me of a sunny winter morning. I recently got round to buying Big Beautiful Sky on the strength of the two songs and was quite let down to be honest..
The decent songs being Hummingbirds, Soul Sloshing, Beautiful Spain, The Bells, Montana and Sonic Boom make Big Beautiful Sky a satisfactory purchase worth keeping, but the rest of the music seemed very filler, especially Springtime #2. Don't get me wrong, none of the songs are particularly bad, and Wordless May is arguably a touching song. Lumberjacks was probably the albums weakest song.
All of the music can easily be described as nice and enjoyable, but a lot of it is very calm and somewhat dull compared to the first impressions given to me by the excellent songs, Hummingbirds and Soul Sloshing.
To give you an idea of what Venus Hum's music is actually like, well, it's quite apt to describe it as 1980s meets 2000s resulting in the fresh synthesised pop style slightly reminiscent of Gina G and apparently Bjork. As you may know, with every decade that passes, the style of most musical genres undergoes a significant change, and I feel that Venus Hum's fresh, futuristic, nice music may really be the business in the 2010s or 2020s.
I would recommend this album to matured fans of Steps, Gina G, any fans of Bjork, and fans of Dance music. If you would like to get a vivid idea of Big Beautiful Sky without spoiling anything, have a look around for the following song;
Nothing But You - Paul Van Dyk featuring Hemstock & Jennings. Be aware there's quite a few mixes so have your best look around. It is on the first edition of Now Dance 2004.
I hope you find this information useful and spread Venus Hum's name. They are a talented group with the potential to be something big. One thing is for sure, Anette Strean is a very talented singer that can deliver a beautiful, young voice to the musical world straight out of her own voice-box, meaning that those who rely on machines to make them sound better, have their work cut out for them!
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