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Birds

Bic Runga

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Interesting..

..interesting because this is such a break away from her first two albums, both classics in their own right. I felt a little disappointed on 'Birds' first foray through my speakers, due to the almost overly simple and self-indulgent melancholy which pervades these songs. However, after a few spins, the album took on a very addictive quality and remains one of my most played. Birds is dark. Birds is slow. Birds doesn't break any new ground. But Birds is from Bic, and if nothing else it is a reflection of a lesser known, and maybe much more tangible side to our folk-pop diva.

One of the best 'live-in-the-studio' albums I know

This album contains wonderful spacious music, reflecting a deep and romantic sadness in some pieces, uplifting in others - the songs soon feel natural as if they've been with you for years. I often return to this album and I'm always amazed how many interesting elements are there. The songs have a great feel - Bic writes her words and her music from the heart. Sonically one of the best recordings I have heard. String arrangements by Tom Rainey. A sensitive group of musicians are backing her, amongst them Neil Finn on piano.

Biography

Born: 1976 in Christchurch, New Zealand

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

A superstar in her native New Zealand while still in her teens, singer/songwriter Bic Runga was born in Christchurch in 1976; the product of a musical family — her mother was a Malaysian nightclub performer during the 1960s — she began playing the drums at the age of 11, and within a few years was also singing with local jazz groups. Upon learning guitar and keyboards, Runga began composing her first songs, and in 1994 she relocated to Auckland to pursue a professional music career. In...
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