Saturday, November 24, 2007

[Stina Nordenstam|The World Is Saved]目空一切,拯救世界

Artist:Stina Nordenstam
Album:The World Is Saved
Release Date:2004-10-11
Label:V2 Records, Inc.
Genre: Electronic, Jazz
Style: Leftfield, Future Jazz


Get On With Your Life (3:28)
Winter Killing (4:02)
On Falling (4:10)
Parliament Square (4:36)
I'm Staring Out The World (3:38)
From Cayman Islands With Love (4:00)
The Morning Belongs To The Night (3:32)
125 (3:40)
Butterfly (4:23)
The World Is Saved (2:53)
The End Of A Love Affair (3:37)

More than one fan called The World Is Saved a perfect winter album upon its release, and that's a good assessment even above and beyond its striking cover photo, showing Stina Nordenstam standing in snow at night. Nordenstam's move over the years from polite, jazz-inflected pop to something far more unusual and haunting -- even while retaining many of the same musical elements she started with -- has been its own underappreciated tale, and The World Is Saved is a striking new chapter, as befits an album that begins with the line "They put a needle once in my spine." Nordenstam's ear for her own vocal gifts might well be the key to her work, using everything from close microphone singing to distanced, echoed sighing, sometimes in combination with each other. But most often it is all about the voice as it stands, taking the central role in a song while never dominating it; the many musicians helping her often create some tight grooves and performances (the slink of "On Falling" alone shows that this album is as much for dancing as contemplation, while "From Cayman Islands with Love" singlehandedly makes the idea of trip-hop interesting again) but always with a careful and calm air. The steady guitar part that opens "125" is a prime example on its own, it's at once serene and stark, then suddenly silenced by Nordenstam's singing. The textural combinations that result can be a delight, from the mix between Hammond organ and a slipping, sliding electronic cascade on "Winter Killing" to the nervous, just off-kilter-enough string arrangements on "I'm Staring Out the World" (an absolutely wonderful song title) and "The Morning Belongs to the Night." The American edition adds some tracks from contemporary singles to the end of the disc.(from AMG)

Stina Nordenstam born Kristina Marianne Nordenstam March 4, 1969, Stockholm, Sweden, is a Swedish singer-songwriter.

Nordenstam's distinctive, breathy voice lead to early comparisons with artists such as Rickie Lee Jones and Björk. Her early albums, Memories of a Colour and And She Closed Her Eyes were significantly jazz-influenced, with only subtle elements of alternative rock. With 1997's Dynamite she started down a darker, more experimental path - most of the album was filled with processed, distorted electric guitars and unusual beats, but careful listening revealed her unique songwriting abilities. An album of covers, People are Strange, followed before she returned in 2001 with This is Stina Nordenstam, an album with shorter songs and a more pop-like (but still highly distinctive) feel; ex-Suede vocalist Brett Anderson featured on two tracks. In 2003 she appeared on a duet with Jonas Bjerre from Mew on Mew's third album 'Frengers' with a song titled 'Her Voice is Beyond Her Years'.

Her 2004 album The World is Saved continues the path set on This Is..., but presents a more realized sound and acknowledges her earlier jazz influences more.
In addition to being a musician, Nordenstam is also an accomplished artist in other fields, such as photography and music video directing.

Slightly reclusive, she gives very few interviews, rarely performs live and even alters her appearance using wigs and make-up for album covers and magazines. During the promotion for The World Is Saved, however, she gave more interviews than usual and even talked about the possibility of future live performances.

In 2006 Nordenstam appeared in Snow Borne Sorrow - an album by the band Nine Horses singing songs-duets with the band's vocalist David Sylvian.


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