Warm Strangers

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Vienna Teng / 2004

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It's not unusual to see someone leave her high tech job these days to seek out new adventures. But how many of them wind up performing on the "Late Show with David Letterman" less than six months later?
By the time San Francisco-based singer/songwriter/pianist Vienna Teng, 26, quit her full-time software engineering job at Cisco Systems in 2002, she had signed with independent label Virt Records and was preparing for her full-length CD release, "Waking Hour." She was soon opening for such artists as Shawn Colvin and Joan Osborne. With her graceful melodies and evocative lyrics, Vienna has garnered critical acclaim and a rapidly growing legion of fans throughout the world.
Vienna has returned with her sophomore release, "Warm Strangers," a diverse collection of lush, melodic songs, incorporating Vienna's classical background and folk sensibilities within a contemporary pop framework. Whereas "Waking Hour," written during the high school and college years, was mostly autobiographical, "Warm Stranger"s marks Vienna's bold leap into fiction. Orchestral and acoustic landscapes, using everything from string quartets to slide guitars, provide an inviting sonic backdrop for her short stories of love, death, struggle and hope.
80年中期以来大部分流行音乐的所谓的风格分类都跟吉他扯上了关系,上帝大约给每个玩音乐的孩子人手发了一把吉他,幸好还有人没有领到。在耳朵长上了吉他各种音色的老茧之后,钢琴声的穿透力听起来就是如此亲和而迷人,比如Ben Folds Five的钢琴摇滚演唱会,比如红发精灵Tori Amos在黑白键上的舞蹈,比如久石让的那首钢琴小品Going Out,比如今天我们听到的这个叫Vienna Teng的安静女子的chamber之声。
第一张唱片《Waking Hour》受到了业界的广泛肯定,去年2月Vienna Teng推出了自己的第二张唱片《Warm Strangers》,这张专辑上市第二周就登上amazon网站流行唱片销售排行榜的第二名。她被邀请到CBS的早间新闻节目弹唱,从现场看起来她显然还不是那种很有舞台经验的歌手,显得拘谨小心,远不如唱片中那样收放自如,这个内省的女子显然在面对音乐的时候更有把握,而不是观众。
关于专辑的立意Vienna Teng自己说:“我们彼此的人生交汇非常短暂,很容易将从自己身边走过的人简单地看作一件冰冷的移动的物体。写歌是我自己将温馨传递给他们的方式,试图讲述他们的故事,而使我认知那种共同的人性。”这张唱片展示了一个正在成长的年轻音乐人信心。她保留了第一张专辑中的安静与张力,在表达上却更为成熟。自由如风的钢琴声里穿过的是Shasta (Carrie's Song)里的轻快, Homecoming (Walter's Song)里的忧伤……还有那些所有值得纪念的情感,都在歌声里细细碎碎的浸透过来,让人无法自制地掉进很遥远的人和事里边,安谧而沉静。她也有着该有的客观思考,有着所有同龄人内心的窘困,甚至借车祸来表达,她的声音里也有孤独有迷惑,精神的独立是一种距离,长大的人才学会孤独。
她在歌里唱:“no matter the distance,I'm holding your hand。”我不太能准确描述整张唱片的听觉情致,在一个幽闭的黄昏收到久违联系的知心故人的来信,是一种整饬祥和、感同身受的阅读。
重要的还是先去倾听吧,也许愉悦的不仅仅是耳朵,而我们该将这样的音乐放在哪里呢?如一杯茶,在掌心,在喉间,在心里。(转载)
这张专辑不用我说什么了 前几天有人说想要 绝对有推动性的贡献 我终于搞明白pc3ipod怎么用了~ 于是把经藏在ipod里面的一些歌copy到电脑上了~
这张专辑是我最喜欢的 快歌慢歌都很好听 传的时候有两首歌丢失 anna rose 和后面一首 不过好在这两手在这张专辑里并不是特别突出的 所以不再穿了 不好意思~

Warm Strangers的曲目列表

1. Feather Moon
2. Harbor
3. Hope On Fire
4. Shine
5. Mission Street
6. My Medea
7. Shasta (Carrie's Song)
8. Homecoming (Walter's Song)
9. Anna Rose
10. Passage
11. The Atheist Christmas Carol
12. Green Island Serenade
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