Same Girl

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All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
If one were to listen only to "My Favorite Things," the Richard Rodgers-Oscar Hammerstein Great American Songbook standard that opens Same Girl, one might deduce that Korea's Youn Sun Nah is just another cabaret singer with a pretty voice. The kalimba with which she is accompanying herself as she sings -- the sole instrument heard -- lends a sense of purity to the tune, and although the vocalist avoids the usual routes taken with the song, there's no real reason to get excited. Yet. Then things get interesting, fast. As she works her way through material from sources as diverse as Randy Newman, Sergio Mendes, and Metallica -- yes, Metallica; she does a mean "Enter ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
If one were to listen only to "My Favorite Things," the Richard Rodgers-Oscar Hammerstein Great American Songbook standard that opens Same Girl, one might deduce that Korea's Youn Sun Nah is just another cabaret singer with a pretty voice. The kalimba with which she is accompanying herself as she sings -- the sole instrument heard -- lends a sense of purity to the tune, and although the vocalist avoids the usual routes taken with the song, there's no real reason to get excited. Yet. Then things get interesting, fast. As she works her way through material from sources as diverse as Randy Newman, Sergio Mendes, and Metallica -- yes, Metallica; she does a mean "Enter Sandman" -- in addition to two original compositions and a Korean standard, Nah establishes that, in fact, she is incontestably an original, a jazz singer of great range, complexity, emotion, and ideas. Precision timing and sharp diction mark Nah's approach as she traverses the lyrics, but it's not only her technical prowess that makes Same Girl (her second release as a leader on the ACT label, after having spent a decade with a French band) such a delight. For one thing, she is constantly full of surprises. On the Mendes tune, "Song of No Regrets," Nah could have followed the rule book and sung the number as a samba. Instead, she turns it into a near a cappella minimalist dirge, Lars Danielsson's cello bringing to the rendition an unexpected eeriness and majesty. Terry Cox's "Moondog" is something else altogether, all jutting angles and piercing barbs, Ulf Wakenius' guitar and Xavier Desandre-Navarre's drums seemingly flailing willy-nilly behind Nah's warbles, yet somehow making perfect sense in the context of the arrangement, even when Nah breaks the solemnity with a jarring kazoo solo, of all things. For a real taste of her ability to knock a listener out cold, though, Wakenius' "Breakfast in Baghdad" is the place to go: to call Nah a scat singer is like calling John Coltrane a guy who fooled around a bit with the sax. Nah is a wildwoman let loose, treating each syllable as a new adventure in acrobatics, the musicians flying free and fancifully behind her captivating, seriously stunning ravings. Youn Sun Nah doesn't simply interpret; any good jazz signer can do that. She gets to the root of a melody and a lyric, deconstructs it wholly, and then presents it in a way it's never before been heard. Not many around who can do that anymore.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/8/2011
  • Label: Act Music + Vision
  • UPC: 614427902429
  • Catalog Number: 9024
  • Sales rank: 29,646

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 My Favorite Things (3:58)
  2. 2 My Name is Carnival (4:02)
  3. 3 Breakfast In Baghdad (5:56)
  4. 4 Uncertain Weather (3:22)
  5. 5 Song Of No Regrets (3:45)
  6. 6 Kangwondo Arirang (4:06)
  7. 7 Enter Sandman (4:52)
  8. 8 Same Girl (4:14)
  9. 9 Moondog (4:10)
  10. 10 Pancake (3:36)
  11. 11 La Chanson d'Hélène (5:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Youn Sun Nah Primary Artist, Kazoo, Vocals, Kalimba, Music Box
Lars Danielsson Cello, Acoustic Bass
Xavier Desandre Navarre Percussion
Roland Brival Narrator, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Sergio Mendes Composer, Lyricist
Metallica Composer
Randy Newman Composer, Lyricist
Richard Rodgers Composer
Lani Hall Composer, Lyricist
Lars Danielsson Producer
Terry Cox Composer, Lyricist
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer, Lyricist
Kirk Hammett Composer, Lyricist
James Hetfield Composer, Lyricist
Philippe Sarde Composer
Lars Ulrich Composer, Lyricist
Ulf Wakenius Arranger, Composer
Nguyên Lê Engineer
Jackson C. Frank Composer, Lyricist
Jean-Loup Dabadie Composer, Lyricist
Traditional Composer, Lyricist
Axel Matignon Producer
Youn Sun Nah Arranger, Composer
Jae Jin In Executive Producer
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