Heart on Snow

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All Music Guide - Tim DiGravina
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Tim DiGravina
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 clich├ęs, 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: 801963502927
  • Catalog Number: 50292

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 So Long the Path (So Wide the Field) (3:12)
  2. 2 Strange Feeling (3:42)
  3. 3 Gosudaryunia - Aquarium (3:05)
  4. 4 Always and Everywhere (I Will Follow You) (3:40)
  5. 5 Oh My Soul - Alla Bayanova (3:31)
  6. 6 Two Guitars (3:32)
  7. 7 Heart on Snow (4:03)
  8. 8 Nuit de Noel - Boris Grebenshikov (2:53)
  9. 9 Romance (4:59)
  10. 10 The Storks (3:53)
  11. 11 Luna (The Moon) - Alla Bayanova (2:01)
  12. 12 White Flowers of Acacia (2:33)
  13. 13 The Glance of Your Dark Eyes - Mikhail Aptekman (3:48)
  14. 14 If Your Affectionate Smile Has Gone - Ilya Lagutenko (4:11)
  15. 15 Sleeping Beauty (3:59)
  16. 16 Just One Chance (4:22)
  17. 17 Gone But Not Forgotten (4:29)
  18. 18 So Wide the Field (Reprise) (1:38)
  19. 19 The Glance of Your Dark Eyes - Mikhail Aptekman (4:15)
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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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