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Album Review

Stylistically, Theresa Andersson has not been easy to pin down as a recording artist. Although the Swedish vocalist/New Orleans transplant has recorded some torchy, jazz-influenced material, some people have described her as a roots rock/Americana/country-rock type of artist and compared her to folks like Mary Chapin Carpenter, Patty Loveless, Nanci Griffith, and Victoria Williams — and, to be sure, those have been valid comparisons at times. Listeners who have had a hard time categorizing Andersson will find that she isn't any easier to categorize on Hummingbird, Go!, which finds her taking a somewhat psychedelic turn. Perhaps the best way to describe this 2008 release is "adult alternative pop/rock and folk-rock with soul and psychedelic influences." Tracks like "Birds Fly Away," "Locusts Are Gossiping," "Clusters," and "Na Na Na" have a hazy, spacy, dreamy quality; it's the sort of haziness that makes you feel like you have stepped into the aural equivalent of a David Lynch film. And according to the credits, this 36-minute CD was recorded in an unlikely place: Andersson's kitchen, where she had a band but made rhythmic use of things like wine glasses and beer bottles. But despite not being recorded in a conventional fashion — that is, in a recording studio or at a live gig — Hummingbird, Go! is not an exercise in strangeness for the sake of strangeness. Andersson brings a real sense of songcraft to the project, and many of her melodies are appealingly ethereal. Andersson doesn't have a huge voice; her vocals are on the thin side. But she knows how to make the most of what she has; that was evident on previous releases and continues to be evident on the surprisingly psychedelic-influenced Hummingbird, Go!

Customer Reviews

Hummingbird Go is Amazing!

This album is true genius! Lyrically she simply tells a heartfelt story in which you do not want to put the book down. Musically she brings you to a soothing place of interwoven melodies and harmonies of originality and talent with perfect quality...something very difficult to find these days. Unlike No Regrets and Shine (also great albums) Hummingbird Go displays Theresa's niche...this album IS her! Congratulations Theresa, this is a masterpiece!

Fascinating, uplifting, exciting, thought-provoking, meditational

Not sure what the "official" reviewer was getting at, really. Why try to pin an artist down? This album is like a prism -- shine light through it, and rainbows emerge. Listen to it in different moods to experience its varied shades and emotions.

Let the sun shine...

Being from New Orleans, when i heard about the release of Theresa Andersson's long awaited album (released today) 'Hummingbird, go!', I immediately downloaded my copy. The collection of music is just what my soul needed, as the mix of ecclectic sounds is the acoustic equivalent of feeling the warm sun on your face after being cooped up in a freezing cold hotel room for three days during an unexpected hurri-cation. Love it! Theresa will undoubtedly put New Orleans on the indie rock/experimental music map, which is a much needed transition from the over exposed weather one. New Orleans, GO!!!

Biography

Born: 1972 in Gotland, Sweden

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Violinist and singer/songwriter Theresa Andersson, who was born and raised on the Swedish island of Gotland, emigrated to the U.S. in 1990 at age 18 with her then-companion, guitarist Anders Osborne, and the couple settled in New Orleans, where Andersson first appeared on records by Osborne and by Merritt Doggins & the Bloodhounds. Rabadash Records released her debut solo album, the jazz-styled Vibes, in 1994. Sessions continued as she appeared on albums by Marva Wright, the Shines, Rockin' Jake...
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