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Album Review

Veda Hille combines elements of singer/songwriter rock, pop, the theater, and classical music on her thirteenth album, This Riot Life. Some of the tracks are based on hymns, and one ("The Moon") on writing by Percy Byshe Shelley, though much of the material is Hille's own. Though the settings are unusual, much of it does sound like confessional singer/songwriter music at the core, though of a somewhat more abstract/impressionistic flavor than most of that genre. Her vocals make adroit upper-register shifts, and the melodies and the oft-orchestral arrangements change unpredictably, traits she shares with fellow Canadian songwriters Jane Siberry and Joni Mitchell. The lyrics often allude to a romantic world view (and a specific romance in "Sleepers"), but there are also musings upon isolation, none of it done with overt sentimentality. It's a difficult album to peg, being too arty for the usual singer/songwriter audience in both music and (to a lesser extent) words, and too eclectic in its stylistic breadth for many pop listeners.

Customer Reviews

A new fan....

Funny thing is Veda's music was always around me. Friends of mine were big fans but I never stopped to listen. One day I did and I can't stop. The new CD is brilliant. I was lucky to see Veda perform it live in Vancouver. It starts with the song Lucky, carries through with some old hymns inspired songs and some show tunes. It is pure magic. I couldn't stop listening to it after I got it. And I did get it. Veda's music comes from her soul. It shines through you when you listen. Keep it coming Veda Hille.


Folk, Pop, Ethnic, Experimental, Sacred...yep it's all here and you should listen to it. And to think I wasn't a fan back when I first saw Veda on the folk festival circuit many years ago.


Born: August 11, 1968 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Cana

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Veda Hille can put the world into words -- she is one of the most poetic women in music in the late 1990s, and she is a feminist with a message. Her musical influences include Glenn Gould, the Rheostatics, Thelonius...
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