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Melody Mountain

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
When Susanna Wallumrød and Morten Qvenild appeared in 2004 with their impossibly atmospheric debut List of Lights and Buoys, critics and fans marveled at the duo's smooth blend of chamber jazz, vocal pop, and Twin Peaks-inspired melancholy. One of that record's finest moments was a pure torch rendition of Dolly Parton's "Jolene," a neat trick that went on to inspire an entire collection of covers. One look at the songs chosen for inclusion on the breathtaking Melody Mountain is enough to trip anybody's "hipster irony" alarm. While it's not exactly groundbreaking to cover Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" or Nico/Jackson Browne's "These Days" for the umpteenth time, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
When Susanna Wallumrød and Morten Qvenild appeared in 2004 with their impossibly atmospheric debut List of Lights and Buoys, critics and fans marveled at the duo's smooth blend of chamber jazz, vocal pop, and Twin Peaks-inspired melancholy. One of that record's finest moments was a pure torch rendition of Dolly Parton's "Jolene," a neat trick that went on to inspire an entire collection of covers. One look at the songs chosen for inclusion on the breathtaking Melody Mountain is enough to trip anybody's "hipster irony" alarm. While it's not exactly groundbreaking to cover Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" or Nico/Jackson Browne's "These Days" for the umpteenth time, it's a pretty cool trick of the light to throw in refreshingly earnest versions of AC/DC's "It's a Long Way to the Top If You Wanna Rock and Roll," Scott Walker's "It's Raining Today," "Condition of the Heart" by Prince, and the last great Kiss song "Crazy, Crazy Nights." Toss in some Depeche Mode "Enjoy the Silence", a little early Fairport Convention "Fotheringay", and a bit of Joy Division "Love Will Tear Us Apart", and you've got one of the world's most eclectic collections of noir-heavy pop oddballs and classics ever filtered through the cloud of smoke emanating from the ghost of Marlene Dietrich's cigarette.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/22/2006
  • Label: Rune Grammofon
  • EAN: 7033662020577
  • Catalog Number: 2057

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Susanna and the Magical Orchestra Primary Artist
Stian Carstensen Pedal Steel Guitar
Morten Qvenild Organ, Piano, Autoharp, Keyboards, Cembalo, Vibes
Susanna Wallumrød Vocals
Susanna Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
Leonard Cohen Composer
Sandy Denny Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Paul Stanley Composer
Bon Scott Composer
Ian Curtis Composer
Martin Gore Composer
Peter Hook Composer
Bob Katz Mastering
Adam Mitchell Composer
Angus Young Composer
Malcolm Young Composer
Bernard Sumner Composer
Deathprod Producer, Audio Production
Kim Hiorthøy Cover Design
Helge Sten Engineer
Matt Burt Composer
Steven Morris Composer
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