Heidi Berry

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Below The Waves , 6/10
Love , 6/10
Heidi Berry , 6/10
Miracle , 6/10

Heidi Berry is a folksinger (born in Boston but raised in England), whose EP Firefly (Creation, 1987), arranged by the Weather Prophets's Peter Astor, the Felt's keyboardist Martin Duffy and others, contains discreet, fragile, celtin-tinged, folk tunes (Firefly, House Made Of Wood).

The songs on Below The Waves (Creation, 1989) sound like mini-chamber pieces for cello, viola and piano, and her ghostly voice drifts over them weightless (Ribbons, Northshore Train).

Synthesizers accent the sublime atmospheres of Love (4AD, 1991), arranged by (among others) Levitation's Terry Bickers and Weather Prophets's Peter Astor (Gloria, Wake).

But the pompous sound of Heidi Berry (4AD, 1993) has completely lost the magic of her early folk tunes. The line-up now includes also Kitchens Of Distinction's Julian Swales. Mercury and The Moon And The Sun are catchy and elegant, but ultimately Berry sounds like a poor man's Jane Siberry.

Miracle (4AD, 1996) builds on that format: long, soft, sophisticated, hybrids of celtic music and rock music (The Moutain). Violinist Anne Wood often steals the show.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Nicola Mecca)

Heidi Berry è una cantante folk (nata a Boston ma cresciuta in Inghilterra), il cui EP Firefly (Creation, 1987), arrangiato da Peter Astor dei Weather Prophets, dal tastierista dei Felt Martin Duffy e da altri, contiene discrete, fragili, melodie folk (Firefly, House Made Of Wood).

Le canzoni su Below The Waves (Creation, 1989) suonano come pezzi per una piccolo orchestra da camera (violoncello, viola e pianoforte), con la sua voce spettrale che galleggia su di essa senza peso (Ribbons, Northshore Train).

I sintetizzatori evidenziano le atmosphere sublimi di Love (4AD, 1991), arrangiato da (tra gli altri) Terry Bickers dei Levitation e Peter Astor dei Weather Prophets (Gloria, Wake).

Ma il suono pomposo di Heidi Berry (4AD, 1993) ha perso totalmente la magia delle sue prime arie folk. La line-up include ora anche Julian Swales dei Kitchens Of Distinction. Mercury e The Moon And The Sun sono intriganti ed eleganti, ma alla fine Berry suona come una Jane Siberry per proletari.

Miracle (4AD, 1996) è costruito sulla base di quel formato: lunghi, soffici, sofisticati ibridi di musica celtica e rock (The Moutain). Inoltre la violinista Anne Wood finisce spesso col rubare la scena.

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