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Vihma
     

Vihma

by Värttinä
 
After Kokko, their trip into the barren land of neo-pop, it seemed as if Värttinä had shot their creative wad. That makes this all the more welcome, since Vihma, if not a return to the way things were, is at least a definite way out of the cul-de-sac. They lay their manifesto on the line with the opening title track, which crams in samples, programmed

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After Kokko, their trip into the barren land of neo-pop, it seemed as if Värttinä had shot their creative wad. That makes this all the more welcome, since Vihma, if not a return to the way things were, is at least a definite way out of the cul-de-sac. They lay their manifesto on the line with the opening title track, which crams in samples, programmed beats, a strong studio feel around an in- your-face attitude, as if to say, "We're back." And they certainly are, expanding the boundaries from the traditional music of their past to draw far more heavily on original compositions and a couple of tracks which utilize the Tuvan throat-singing tradition of Yat-Kha members Albert Kuvezin and Aldyn-ool Sevek (one of which even draws in the string section of fellow Nordic band JPP). "Kylän Kävjiä" revolves around the drone of a jew's-harp, mingling with the Yat-Kha overtones, while "Maa Ei Kerro" rests on a bed of keyboards provided by producer Richard Horowitz, who also contributes "Vihmax (Viha Remix)" to close out the album -- a revamp job that's surprisingly not as radical as the original track. As always, the singing is powerful, with high, keening harmonies. But on Vihma, the instrumentalists feature more; instead of backup for the vocalists, they're now an integral part of the sound, with cunning, complex arrangements that add weight to the songs. It might not be a classic, but Vihma shows that Värttinä remains a force to be reckoned with.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/11/1998
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0090266326228
catalogNumber:
63262

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Performance Credits

Värttinä   Primary Artist
Janne Haavisto   Percussion
Richard Horowitz   Keyboards,Vocal Director,Ney Flute
Mari Kaasinen   Vocals
Kirsi Kahkonen   Vocals
Janne Lappalainen   Bouzouki,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,kaval
Kari Reiman   Fiddle,Berimbau,Kantele
Sirpa Reiman   Vocals
Arto Järvelä   Strings
Mauno Järvelä   Strings
Pekka Lehti   Double Bass
Antto Varilo   Acoustic Guitar,12-string Guitar,Kantele,Tenor Banjo,Cumbus
Matti Mäkelä   Strings
Susan Aho   Accordion,Vocals
Aldyn-ool Sevek   Throat Singing

Technical Credits

Värttinä   Arranger
Janne Haavisto   Producer
Richard Horowitz   Producer
Mats Hulden   English Translations
Timo Loyva   Producer
Paddy Moloney   Executive Producer
Timo Alakotila   String Arrangements
Albert Kuvezin   Contributor
Risto Hemmi   Engineer
Jari Salo   Digital Art
Speedy Saarinen   Engineer

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