Somebody Outside Import
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The debut album from a 26-year-old Swedish singer/songwriter from Stockholm. Ternheim's expressive voice is the focal point of the recordings as it is a most unique instrument to behold. "A voice that cuts like a knife and sings about those feelings that hurt, so beautiful it makes you want to cry". -- Karoline Eriksson, Svenska Dagbladet (a Swedish newspaper). Her material is in the same vein as Antony, Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen...from the wells of emotion brought to bare in her delivery.
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Somebody Outside starts wonderfully with the haunting `To Be Gone' - a beguiling tune that, like much of her work, wouldn't sound out of place in 1966. Adding to this feel is Ternheim herself, whose arresting vocal style seems preserved from another era - four decades ago, to be precise. On the glorious, shimmering `Better Be' the singer works through her feelings of loss and trying to move on after being burnt by love, and when the background textures, atmospheric guitar sounds and Ternheim' soaring voice all collide, the effect is little short of magical. The propulsive `A French Love' sounds like a classic chase-scene out of a James Bond movie. Elsewhere, songs like `I'll Follow You Tonight' or `I Say No' are more understated musically, but no less gripping, or beautiful in execution. The record finishes as strongly as it started, with the captivating `My Secret' and the delicate, piano-led closer `Shoreline' - a song so warm, moving and emotionally honest, it could thaw out the most frosted-over of hearts.
Anna Ternheim is a bewitching talent and a remarkable find. I can't wait to hear more from her.
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With a similar vocal style, charming in its occasional uncertainty, Ternheim is also up for the occasional rock out, like the Dick Dale-inspired 'A French Love', but it's the mid- and slow-tempo tracks that bookend the album ("To Be Gone"/"Better Be"/"I'll Follow You Tonight" and "My Secret"/"Shoreline") that prove the opening track is no one-off.
At 39 minutes, it never outlives its welcome, and even if a couple of tracks ("Bring Down Like I" and "Somebody's Outside") edge towards the formulaic, there's always another fragile, soaring delight just around the corner.
If you're hesitant about buying her debut from overseas, don't. Its worth it.