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Reviews: Silje Nergaard: Nightwatch

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Reviews: 4

Review by fronorw December 14, 2004 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
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Silje Nergaard to me is one of the finest Norwegian melodic jazz performers today. This album (her eighth I think), being among the first Norwegian SACDs released, certainly does justice to her captivating music. (That said, experiencing her live sessions is even better). Her version of 'This is not America' really adds another dimension to this Pat Matheny / David Bowie classic. 'Dance Me Love', 'Send Me Flowers', and 'How am I supposed to see the Stars' are fine representatives of her own music production (lyrics by Mike McGurk). Excellent recording (both 2- and 5-channel versions). The cover of the Universal Music AS Norway disc uses the "DSD"-logo (I don't know if this is the case with the Emarcy disc). A whole-hearted recommendation. Silje Nergaard can be found at: http://www.siljenergaard.com/

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Review by DeSelby May 15, 2005 (2 of 7 found this review helpful)
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stereo sonics: very good sound

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Review by Taiko January 18, 2006 (1 of 9 found this review helpful)
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This SACD is without CD-Text!

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Review by FunkyMonkey January 28, 2008 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
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I got this after a personal recoomendation from a non-SACD friend, i.e. purely for the music.

I am not a jazz man, but I do like folksy jazz by the likes of Norah Jones and Feist. Alos, I have heard some jazz, especially by female singers, on the Linn label on SACD.

Therefore, I feel I am in a good position to judge the sonics, at least, on this disk. Let me tell you, if you are a 5.1 fan, you will love this. I am, but I didn't like the 5.1 mix. The reason is that, whilst it is fantastically recorded with superb clarity and detail, the 5.1 mix isolates too many key sounds to the rears. So they are used as instrument-placement tools rather than for ambience. Now, for 'live' music I don't like this. It detracts from the feeling that the musicians are infront of you. At best, you can interpret it as your are IN the midst of the musicians, but that doesn't work for me. So, for me, the 5.1 mix is a missed opportunity.

Now, the 2 channel mix - I like, I like a lot. This is pretty much as good as SACD stereo gets in my experience. Everything is superbly clear, the voice is allowed to take centre stage, but the instruments are there where they should be - to accompany the voice, but not faded into the background either. Very good.

The music itself - not my taste at all. It was all too laid back without beign melodically or musically interesting - at least in terms of my taste - which is more folksy when it comes to laid-back tunes. So I guess the flaw may be with me rather than the music. No doubting the voice is good (as long as you can accept the accent is unusual), but for all the technical brilliance, it does not have that impact and personality of, for example, Feist.

To sum up, a good demo album for SACD's talents (did I mention it was DSD??), but only for strict lounge-jazz fans who like a bit of originality without the challenge!

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