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Vienna reinvents herself musically, and scores.

In Aims, Vienna Teng gets up from the piano keyboard and embraces up tempos, synths, samples, and other electronica, drums, and even a hot disco vocal. On repeated listening you can trace the evolution from her earlier music, especially the last album, Inland Territory, but the immediate effect is a bracing gust of wind blowing the old away. Thematically, Aims is a reaction to Vienna's plunge into the world of environmental sustainability, but the songs, despite her usual lyrical intelligence, still manage to be compelling stories about people and relationships, whether Vienna is singing a creepy-gorgeous a cappella hymn from a marketing database or an ode to the Occupy protests over African beats. From the standpoint of a nearly-7-year follower of Vienna's music, I can only say that this is her best work, 11 short, urgent songs without a wasted note or a dip in quality from beginning to end.

Remarkable

This album is a glimpse into Vienna's overall depth of talent. She is not simply a singer, or even just a musician. Vienna is one of the great artists and poets of our time.

Even though this album has a very different sound than any of her previous albums, it is still unmistakably a Vienna Teng album. This album is definitive proof that Vienna is the antithesis of musicians like Creed's Scott Stapp who define themselves with a certain style or sound. Instead, it seems that Vienna can slip into any style or sound of her choosing and wield it at her discretion as easily as person changing their style of clothing for a given occassion.

She can do what they do, but they cannot do what she does.

If you have the opportunity to see her live, you will also see that a studio recording cannot contain the richness and true range of her voice. There are some singers who use the studio to mask and enhance their voice like a photographer will use Photoshop to touch up photographs. It is essentially the opposite with her. A studio recording cannot completely capture the essence of her abilities much like a painting of a mountain scene cannot compare with seeing it for yourself.

If you are a Vienna Teng fan, this album is an essential piece of the collection.

Becoming my favorite

I listed to the album only once before hearing it live, and at first was unsure about it. However, most of the songs have grown on me, and now I listen to this album more often than any of her others. Level Up, Goodnight New York, Landsailor, Copenhagen and In the 99 are my favorites.

Biography

Born: October, 1978 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

Reaching the national spotlight at the end of 2002, pianist Vienna Teng had been an important part of the California singer/songwriter scene for a few years before then. A pianist since the age of five, Teng took piano lessons before moving on to improvisation. Writing feverishly throughout her youth, she eventually had a full album's worth of instrumentals by the age of 16. Going to Stanford to further her education, she released an EP while going to school and recorded most of Waking Hour before...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Rock
  • Released: Sep 24, 2013

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