Heart on Snow

Heart on Snow

by Marc Almond
     
 

Defying expectations and throwing anyone for a loop who guessed what Marc Almond might do after Stranger Things, Heart on Snow is his Russian album. That is to say that some of the songs are traditional Russian folk music, some are inspired by Almond's somewhat existentialist views of Russian life and love, and others merely mention Russian life but comeSee more details below

Overview

Defying expectations and throwing anyone for a loop who guessed what Marc Almond might do after Stranger Things, Heart on Snow is his Russian album. That is to say that some of the songs are traditional Russian folk music, some are inspired by Almond's somewhat existentialist views of Russian life and love, and others merely mention Russian life but come across like traditional Almond songs. Instruments mostly take a backseat to Almond's voice, which is in peak form, but each song has a firm foundation of a combination of upright bass, piano, accordion, violin, percussion, moody keyboards, and guitars. Almond employs Russian musicians throughout the album, as well as a series of fine Russian vocalists. Among the collaborators, the stunning operatic voice of Ludmilla Zukena shines strongest, and Alla Bayanova pairs with Almond on "Oh My Soul" and "Luna," where the duo works dark cabaret magic over minimal beats and a noir piano. Almond alternates between English and Russian at the drop of a hat, but he thankfully sticks mostly to English. His Russian is by no means a disaster, but it appears at times that he's doing a comical interpretation when that's clearly not the desired effect. Though Almond is in full-on theatrical mode, singing passionately about love and honor, he never resorts to stereotypes or clichés, as he guides each song away from the showy, stoic facade he presents posing for the album's cover. This really is essential listening for Almond fans. Its concept-album veneer might suggest inaccessibility, but that's not the case at all in these heartfelt, solid songs that show Almond going strong with great emotional depth and a wonderful range of musicality more than 20 years after his first solo album. Moody, brilliantly textured, and featuring gorgeous vocals from Almond and his Russian collaborators, Heart on Snow is an experience to be treasured.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/11/2003
Label:
Psychobaby Records
UPC:
0801963502927
catalogNumber:
50292

Tracks

  1. So Long the Path (So Wide the Field)
  2. Strange Feeling
  3. Gosudaryunia  -  Aquarium
  4. Always and Everywhere (I Will Follow You)
  5. Oh My Soul  - Alla Bayanova
  6. Two Guitars
  7. Heart on Snow
  8. Nuit de Noel  - Boris Grebenshikov
  9. Romance
  10. The Storks
  11. Luna (The Moon)  - Alla Bayanova
  12. White Flowers of Acacia
  13. The Glance of Your Dark Eyes  - Mikhail Aptekman
  14. If Your Affectionate Smile Has Gone  - Ilya Lagutenko
  15. Sleeping Beauty
  16. Just One Chance
  17. Gone But Not Forgotten
  18. So Wide the Field (Reprise)
  19. The Glance of Your Dark Eyes  - Mikhail Aptekman

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marc Almond   Primary Artist
Boris Grebenshikov   Guest Appearance
Sergei Erdenko   Violin,Vocals
Vladimir Miller   Bass (Vocal)
Aquarium   Guest Appearance
Loyko   Guest Appearance
Andrei Samsonov   Keyboards
Martin Watkins   Piano,Keyboards
Karin Brown   French Horn
Mikhail Aptekman   Piano (Grand),Guest Appearance
Garij Bagdasaryan   Drums
Viktor Bastrakov   Guitar
Alla Bayanova   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Oleg Belov   Keyboards,Piano (Grand)
Aliosha Bezlepkin   Guitar
Higher Naval Engineering Academy Choir   Guest Appearance
Julia Khurtoretskaya   Choir Director
Alexandre Kiahidi   Trumpet
Vladimir Koudryavtsev   Double Bass
Kirill Kravtsov   Cello
Dmitrij Kuzmin   Tuben
Ilya Laguetenko   Guest Appearance
Georgif Osmolovskij   Violin

Technical Credits

Marc Almond   Composer,Liner Notes,Adaptation,translation
Boris Grebenshikov   Composer
Arno Babadjanian   Composer
Aquarium   Arranger
Loyko   Arranger
Andrei Samsonov   Arranger,Producer
Alexander Vertinsky   Composer
Martin Watkins   Arranger,keyboard arrangements
Traditional   Composer
Vladimir Ovchinnikov   Engineer
Richard Bignell   Programming
Ebby Acquah   Engineer
Sergey Afrika Bugaev   Executive Producer
Alla Bayanova   Arranger,Composer
Oleg Belov   Arranger
Boris Istomin   Engineer
Julia Khurtoretskaya   Contributor
Valerij Kostin   Engineer
Mikhail Kucherenko   Producer,Executive Producer,translation
Dmitrij Kuzmin   Sound Effects
Laquarium   Arranger
Olga Lutskaya   translation

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