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by Sissel Kyrkjebø
The Norwegian pop star Sissel has the kind of haunting voice that lingers long with a listener. Ethereal, gripping in its clarity, fragile in its openness, yet secure in its projection, it’s also a voice that can handle a world of song. On Sissel this eclectic stylist brings her lovely vocal manner to a wide variety of material, ranging from Neil Sedaka’s


The Norwegian pop star Sissel has the kind of haunting voice that lingers long with a listener. Ethereal, gripping in its clarity, fragile in its openness, yet secure in its projection, it’s also a voice that can handle a world of song. On Sissel this eclectic stylist brings her lovely vocal manner to a wide variety of material, ranging from Neil Sedaka’s “Solitaire” to such traditional folk tunes as the American “Shenandoah” and the Scandinavian “Lare Meg A Kjenne” to saxophonist Jan Gabarek’s “Molde Canticle,” which Sissel approaches as a wordless vehicle for her soaring tones. If touches of Celine Dion and Enya can be felt in Sissel’s interpretations of the pop-ish ballads that make up the majority of the album, she still brings her own distinct sensibility to the project, one that should draw considerably more American listeners to her.

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
From the sound of this album, Sissel is Norwegian in the same way Abba is Swedish -- it's simply the place she was born. Her sound, for the most part, is global pop lite. There's just enough of a lilt to some of her pronunciation to make it slightly exotic -- which is more than can be said for songs like "Can't Go Back," which just drift through the ears. Still, when you think it's easy to peg her, she does throw in one curve ball to keep you on your toes: her version of the traditional "Shenandoah," while not the best ever recorded, is lovely, and shows the purity of her voice in a much better light than her pop material does. By comparison, "All Good Things," the following cut, seems almost vapid. Neil Sedaka's "Solitaire" fares better, in part because it challenges her a little. But from her treatment of the traditional Norwegian piece, "Laer Meg Å Kjenne," it's apparent that her real aim is the middle of the road. She can even turn Jan Garbarek's "Molde Canticle" into a gently lilting melody. All in all, it's a very inoffensive record. However, that very feat leaves it quite lacking in personality. That she can sing is evidenced by "Shenandoah"; whether she knows what to do with that voice remains in question.

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Sissel 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My first chance to see and hear sissel was on a PBS special a short time back. I am a senior citizen living in florida. i know now how one becomes a groupie.i was able at some expense to purchase the dvd of her concert. i have just about worn it out! not only has she the voice of an angel but is as beautiful as one also. every time i watch the dvd it takes me away from all thats wrong in the world to a new and wonderful place. we here in united states are so very lucky to be able to enjoy such a great talent.i am going to my local b&n to order her other cd's.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A friend of mine, owns Sissel¿s new CD and was playing it while we were doing Yoga. She specifically played the last track, `Molde Canticle¿, which is Sissel singing Vocalese, flowing harmonies with a full echo-like sound. It¿s beautiful and enchanting and reminds me of Enya. I enjoyed it so much I bought the CD. After listening through the CD I found several other tracks that I enjoyed very much namely, `Shenandoah¿, and `Weightless¿. These two stand out and are my favorites of the CD. But, all the other songs come in a close second. The most striking thing you notice about Sissel is her beautiful and powerful yet soft voice. Sissel¿s music sounds like modern folk music with a slight upbeat twist. I really enjoyed this CD and It has found a prominent place in my music collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For Christmas my husband bought me the Sissel album. It was recommended to him by his sister. At first I was skeptical because I'd never even heard of her but I immediately changed my mind when I put the album on. Sissel truly has an angelic voice. She is one of the few female singers out there right now that actually sings instead of shreaks. She has been big in Europe and Norway (her home coutry) for awhile so there were plenty more albums I could buy of hers besides her newly released U.S. album. I was also excited to find out that she was the voice on all the Titanic songs. I truly enjoy her music, voice, and lyrics and definitely recommend it to anyone young and old alike. The album has a perfect balance of mellow and upbeat songs which is perfect for when your just hanging around your house, in the car or entertaining friends. This album definitely deserves five stars!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first heard this album on the radio. She was singing Shanandoah. I couldn't believe the quality of her voice. I purchased the CD and find the quality of her voice incredible. I would like to hear more of her singing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was first exposed to this wonderful talent on a PBS fundraising broadcast where I caught the beginning of Solitare. From the moment I heard Sissel's voice I was hooked. Her vocal range is extraordinary. The purity of Sissel's voice with her emotional inflections makes her singing style very unique. The musical arrangement and background music of the "Sissel" CD enables her beautiful voice to stand out in it's entirety.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been listening to Sissel's songs from the very beginning of her recording career. I am convinced that her voice is more than a talent. It is truly a God given gift, to her and to us. I do not like the fact that some compare her to Celine Dion, all because Sissel sang the score of the "Titanic" movie and Celine sang the theme song. They have totally different voices. I do not believe Sissel is trying to be like Celine at all. She knows her worth as a singer and performer and does not need to sound like anyone else. Her voice is majestic as well as angelic. Her Christmas album is a touch of heaven itself. More and more people should be able to enjoy her music. She needs an album that would truly represent her identity as a singer, to finally break in the US market. Or maybe she is too good for us.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sissel has the best voice that I have EVER heard! Her sweet high voice is mesmorizing. I usually listen to country, but I heard her on the radio and fell in love with her voice. I now listen to her all the time. I am listening to her as I type. I LOVE her music!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sissel's voice is unbelivably incredible-it's so amazing and pure.She's going to be "the next big thing",much like Josh Groban(She sung "the Prayer" with him at the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize Awards.)Already a huge star in Norway,Sissel seems on the verge of major stardom here as well.All the songs on this CD are incredible,from the old Neil Sedaka hit "Solitaire" to the somewhat Enya-esque "Molde Canticle".Her soaring and ethereal voice is breathtaking.Buy this CD,you won't be disappointed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you¿re like me and are sick of all the Britneys and Christinas out there, you are going to love Sissel¿s new self-titled album. Sissel, a cross between Sarah McLachlan and Sarah Brightman, does a good job on this album of keeping her celtic roots but tweaks it just right to give it a more poppy touch. Her crystal clear voice adds to the genuineness of her songs. My favorites on this album are ¿Can¿t Go Back¿ and ¿All Good Things.¿ Both are a good mix of folk, pop and classical music. The result is a unique but pleasant sound that you¿ll find yourself humming along to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first heard Sissel in Norway some 12 years ago.It was her Christmas album and the voice was brilliant in clarity and expression. I now have several of her CD's. They are all good. Her singing of the Olympic Hymn at Lillehammer was inspiring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Breathtaking, beautiful, inspiring, soothing, heavenly are the words I would use to describe this latest CD by Norwegian goddess Sissel. Few people in the U.S. know that she has been making CD¿s for almost 2 decades and is multi platinum around the world. Once you hear this CD you can tell she is a very experienced and capable vocalist. After so long in the industry, making incredible CD¿s is second nature. I really enjoyed this CD, especially Shenandoah. Her song `Can¿t Go Back¿ also has a special meaning to me and stirs deep emotion in my soul. I have found a new prominent member of my CD library and it is Sissel.