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||Boade Mu Mielde (Come With Me)||Sofia Jannok||4:07||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Mánu Mánná (Child of the Moon)||Sofia Jannok||4:42||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Gáibmi (Máret Sikku-Trädgårdh)||Sofia Jannok||2:50||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Goaskin (The Eagle)||Sofia Jannok||3:50||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Gáhkkor (The Black-Throated Diver)||Sofia Jannok||5:54||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Oddajagiruohtta (New Years Eve)||Sofia Jannok||3:53||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Mu Moras (My Sorrow)||Sofia Jannok||4:01||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Liekkas (Warm)||Sofia Jannok||4:17||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Báhkka (Heat)||Sofia Jannok||3:30||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Nástecalbmi (Star Eye)||Sofia Jannok||1:32||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Ceaskadit Go Muohta (Whiter Than Snow)||Sofia Jannok||5:08||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Ija Salas (In the Arms of the Night)||Sofia Jannok||6:47||$0.99||View in iTunes|
Quite a few home runs.
I found this album just hoping to find something to satisfy my Nordic cravings I get every once in a while. I was not familiar with the Sami people/culture, and was pleasantly surprised to find in this an album that I like to listen to on a regular basis - the first in a while. Though I usually steer clear of a lot of electronic music, the elements used in this album I find tasteful and understated - a subtle blend with a few acoustic instruments is always helpful too. This album is clearly just as much a showcase of producer Svein Schultz as it is of Sofia - he creates some really interesting sonic textures to back her up with. Combined with Sofia's delicate yet assertive singing, it makes for a really fresh sound that is also quite accessible. A winning combination. It is simultaneously simple and yet understated in it's sophistication. I only have two qualms about the whole thing, one major and one minor. My major qualm is the heavy-handed pitch correction on Sofia's voice - it steals the nuance out of her singing at times. (And bears the distinct odd-overtone-robbing sonic signature of Melodyne, one of the most irresponsibly used tools in audio engineering, in my opinion.) Minor qualm? I liked the songs in Sami much more than the songs in English. They seemed to have more heart. Favorite tracks are Manu Manna, Gaibmi, Mu Moras, Liekkas, Ija Salas... but hands-down, my favorite track is Gahkkor... wow. Spooky, eerie, haunting, breathtakingly beautiful, and perfectly executed. I have listened to it dozens of times and never tire of hearing it. Especially with a good subwoofer. :-) Overall, this is an album that any music-loving xenophile should get. It can relax and engage your mind all at the same time.