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  Исполнитель(и) :
   Beady Belle  (Ensemble)
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  Наименование CD :
   At Welding Bridge



Год издания : 2010

Компания звукозаписи : JazzLand

Музыкальный стиль : Vocal Jazz

Время звучания : 45:40

Код CD : 0602527475806

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CD, стоящие на полке рядом : Jazz (Woman Voice)      

Released On 30th August 2010 Beate S. Lech, last heard on Jazzland Recordings in the unique offering, "Go' Natt", clearly has been busy, not only in writing and recording this, the 5th Beady Belle album, but in doing something - that indefinable SOMETHING - that somehow manages to make her better than before. Her voice, that truly incredible voice that so impressed fans and critics alike on the group's previous outing, "Belvedere", has become more refined, more resonant, more seductive - more of everything good, in fact. Her range and tone is impeccable, and that honey-smooth voice is infused with smouldering emotional heat. She could sing you the biggest lie you ever heard, and your heart would want to believe every word of it.

Beate's voice is so capable of such enchantment, it's sometimes easy to overlook the superb musical arrangements it gently floats above. Tex Mex elements meet with Cuban percussion rhythms and unexpected horn arrangements ("Come Home", "Runaway Mind", "Turn Back Time"); Softly stumbling chord sequences open up deep twanging baritone guitar reminiscent of Marc Ribot ("Come Home", "Runaway Mind", "Walk On Air"); atmospheric echoes of dub reggae or soul-funk overlap with traces of Steeley Dan ("Bird's-eye View", "Runaway Mind", "Press of Canvas", "Leeway"); occasional glimpses of electronic beats underlay fragmentary horn and piano ("Voyage (Interlude)"); amazingly subtle multilayered vocals create expansive pathways for Beate's remarkable voice to meander purposefully through her sharp observational lyrics (particularly "Diamond in the Rough", "Apple (Interlude)", "Leeway", and "Ambush").

"At Welding Bridge" presents melodically mature music, understated yet powerful stuff, bearing more fruit with each listen. Nothing overstays its welcome, nothing intrudes where it doesn't belong. Hooks abound, yet are never pushed to the point of distraction from the rest of the song. This is assured songwriting, a rare commodity in our modern home studio and strict four-four looping culture. The songs live and breathe, each endowed with more character than many artists manage to convey in a whole album.

The majority of "At Welding Bridge" takes many of the musical conventions of country music, sets up expectation of the predictable country course, only to jump sideways into a purely urban cool jazz style, or have that vibe dissipate in a smoky haze of smooth soul cool ("The Storm", "Ambush"). But Beady Belle have never been purists: The stylistic juxtapositions are done with aplomb, never feeling bolted together, but instead are seamlessly blended, moving confidently across or simultaneously through different genres. The standard country instrumentation, particularly the guitars, shares a common ancestry with the LA sound of the seventies, while the more C&W arrangements echo Ennio Morricone's approach to the genre ("Walk on Air", "Apple (Interlude)"). But this isn't derivative - this is 21st century songwriting, speaking to the 21st century heart.

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Beate's voice is so capable of such enchantment, it's sometimes easy to overlook the superb musical arrangements it gently floats above. Tex Mex elements meet with Cuban percussion rhythms and unexpected horn arrangements ("Come Home", "Runaway Mind", "Turn Back Time"); Softly stumbling chord sequences open up deep twanging baritone guitar reminiscent of Marc Ribot ("Come Home", "Runaway Mind", "Walk On Air"); atmospheric echoes of dub reggae or soul-funk overlap with traces of Steeley Dan ("Bird's-eye View", "Runaway Mind", "Press of Canvas", "Leeway"); occasional glimpses of electronic beats underlay fragmentary horn and piano ("Voyage (Interlude)"); amazingly subtle multilayered vocals create expansive pathways for Beate's remarkable voice to meander purposefully through her sharp observational lyrics (particularly "Diamond in the Rough", Apple (Interlude)", "Leeway", and "Ambush").

"At Welding Bridge" presents melodically mature music, understated yet powerful stuff, bearing more fruit with each listen. Nothing overstays its welcome, nothing intrudes where it doesn't belong. Hooks abound, yet are never pushed to the point of distraction from the rest of the song. This is assured songwriting, a rare commodity in our modern home studio and strict four-four looping culture. The songs live and breathe, each endowed with more character than many artists manage to convey in a whole album.

The majority of "At Welding Bridge" takes many of the musical conventions of country music, sets up expectation of the predictable country course, only to jump sideways into a purely urban cool jazz style, or have that vibe dissipate in a smoky haze of smooth soul cool ("The Storm", "Ambush"). But Beady Belle have never been purists: The stylistic juxtapositions are done with aplomb, never feeling bolted together, but instead are seamlessly blended, moving confidently across or simultaneously through different genres. The standard country instrumentation, particularly the guitars, shares a common ancestry with the LA sound of the seventies, while the more C&W arrangements echo Ennio Morricone's approach to the genre ("Walk on Air", "Apple (Interlude)"). But this isn't derivative - this is 21st century songwriting, speaking to the 21st century heart.

Beady Belle's approach has been one of steadfast commitment to their sound, gradually evolving, coaxing new elements to blossom that had previously only been hinted at, augmenting it with new elements, creating a consistently strong body of music, each step more confident than the last. To compare this album with "Home", it is easy to hear just how much ground they have covered in just 9 years.

Just like its predecessors, "At Welding Bridge" is shot through with genuine warmth, heart, and - yes! - soul. Pure soul! Prepare to be seduced again!

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Norway's Beady Belle has been at the forefront of Euro-styled jazz/pop since 2001, releasing four albums of superbly chilled music written and sung by cofounder Beate S. Lech. While earlier albums focused on a smooth trip-hop angle with electronica beats - most notably the fine second album, 2003's Cewbeagappic - Lech and company took a different turn on 2008's Belvedere with a more organic, live-in-the-studio album that featured duets with both Jamie Cullum and India Arie. Despite any subtle shifts in style, however, the calling card for Beady Belle has remained Lech's amazing voice, an extraordinary instrument of sweet, supple and seductive qualities.

At Welding Bridge, released last month in Europe and available digitally, isn't named for a place but a musical attitude, what Lech describes as a spanning and seamless melding of a variety of styles and influences. Album opener "Diamond in the Rough" exemplifies the freewheeling mix of textures and moods, downshifting the intricate melodic lines with acoustic strokes, a pulsing beat and lovely piano notes. Reed and brass arrangements - what Lech calls her "symphonic elements" - are crucial to Welding Bridge's success, adding striking undertones to songs like the intricately constructed "Turn Back Time" and dark-hued "The Storm".

All Music Guide


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   1 Diamond In The Rough         0:04:52  
   2 Come Home         0:04:19  
   3 The Storm         0:05:16  
   4 Apple (Interlude)         0:01:23  
   5 Runaway Mind         0:03:53  
   6 Bird's-Eye View         0:04:11  
   7 Turn Back Time         0:03:52  
   8 Press Of Canvas         0:03:47  
   9 Voyage (Interlude)         0:01:28  
   10 Leeway         0:04:58  
   11 Ambush     T       0:03:39  
   12 Walk On Air         0:04:02  

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