The World Is Saved [Bonus Tracks]

The World Is Saved [Bonus Tracks]

by Stina Nordenstam


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The World Is Saved [Bonus Tracks]

Although Sweden's Stina Nordenstam possesses a feather-light, childlike voice -- think Kate Bush, Tori Amos, or Mazzy Star's Hope Sandoval -- her songs are dark and unsettling; the contrast produces magic on The World Is Saved. Nordenstam is a bit of an enigma: She never performs live, and many of her consistently excellent and intriguing albums have not seen U.S. release. Her early work, such as "Little Star," which appeared on the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet, often flirted with jazz and pop conventions, but she's experimented with edgy electronics (1996's Dynamite) and with deconstructed covers (1998's People Are Strange). On The World Is Saved, she turns to chamber music, with strings and horns fleshing out stately keyboards and reverb-soaked guitars, for her songs of psychological turmoil. The themes may be bleak -- this is a breakup album, epitomized by "The End of a Love Affair" ("Still we both survive," Nordenstam whispers, fatalistically) -- songs such as "Get On With Your Life" and "From the Cayman Islands with Love" are full of quiet tension and beauty. In "Winter Killing," Nordenstam sings, "I'm safer with you here" and then pauses before turning the seeming wish for security into something desperate and potentially violent by adding, "…and me there." The World Is Saved is a surprisingly complex album, one that repays close attention and rewards emotional investment.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/21/2005
Label: V2 North America
UPC: 0638812726124
catalogNumber: 27261

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stina Nordenstam   Primary Artist,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Per "Texas" Johansson   Clarinet,Flute,Saxophone
Magnus Öström   Drums
Björn Eriksson   French Horn
Jonas Sjöblom   Percussion,Drums,Vibes
Jesper Nordenström   Organ,Piano
Magnus Carlson   Background Vocals
Johan Berthling   Bass,Bass Guitar,Acoustic Bass
John Eriksson   Marimbas,Vibes
Jakob Ruthberg   Violin,Viola
Per "Rusktrask" Johansson   Clarinet,Flute,Saxophone
Isabel Blomme   Cello
Mattias Torell   Guitar,Mandolin,Bass Guitar
Goran Kajfeš   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Stina Nordenstam   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Tchad Blake   Audio Production
Dave Osterberg   Programming

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