by Heather Nova


Coming out her roaring twenties, Heather Nova emerged seasoned and confident that her spiritual inquisitions and broken hearts were healing. She chases love in her songs; she's a passionate romantic and a seeker of a pure surrounding. Her fourth album, South exudes Nova's typical fervor, but with a knowledge not found on her previous records. She's comfortable with this batch of work. Her voice is relaxed and weathered, but welcoming and warm. Debut single "Virus of the Mind" is a funky jam of breezy acoustics and pianos, with Nova's near spoken word vocals quirky and self-assured; however, the sweetly pretty "If I Saw You in a Movie" breathes new freshness. Nova is no longer the boisterous vocal banshee. She's found a place where she wants to live, musically and emotionally. South, which was recorded in Nova's native Bermuda, is snug in those things alone. Commercially, she's more attainable, and that's perfectly fine. The Bernard Butler-produced "I'm No Angel" twirls with jaunty riffs, and it's probably Nova's best bid for a lush pop song. She's cheeky, but the quivering ethereality of her voice is sheer and glossy. She leaves her acoustic guitar behind for the slick "Help Me Be Good to You," while the dark and tantalizing Billie Holiday track, "Gloomy Sunday," proves her need for something new. Heather Nova has ventured out on South, delving into the pop side for her own inventions. Fans who aren't accepting of such a move might be critical; new listeners might find South her easiest album. It's great and not terribly fragile. She's found something solid on this one.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/21/2002
Label: V2 North America
UPC: 0638812712127
catalogNumber: 27121

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Heather Nova   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Glockenspiel,Theremin,Vocals
David Ayers   Bass,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Bernard Butler   Guitar,fender rhodes
Hugh Elliott   Drums
Davey Faragher   Bass
Mark Goldberg   Guitar
Mark Goldenberg   Guitar
London Session Orchestra   Strings
Eve Nelson   Keyboards
Carol Steele   Percussion
Paul Pimsler   Guitar
Glen Scott   Piano,Hammond Organ
Jason Mayo   Wurlitzer
Jerker Odelholm   Bass
Andreas Dahlbäck   Drums,Tambourine
Peter Kvint   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Corky James   Guitar
Laurie Jenkins   Percussion,Drums
Liz Hooper   Vocals

Technical Credits

Heather Nova   Composer
Bernard Butler   Producer
Paul Fox   Producer
Eve Nelson   Producer,drum programming
Andrew Scarth   Engineer
Jeff Tomei   Engineer
Cynthia Daniels   Engineer
Krish Sharma   Engineer
Bob Brockmann   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Stylorouge   Art Direction
Felix Tod   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Art Hodge   Programming
Jason Mayo   Programming
Steve Hansen   Programming
Peter Kvint   Producer,Engineer
Simon Nordberg   Programming,Producer,Engineer
László Jávor   Composer
Wil Malone   Arranger,String Arrangements

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