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Here's one of those little-known treasures from our musical past, newly discovered & distributed to those of us who missed it the first time around. Since this wonderful album was only released in Norway, and only sold a small number of copies in its native land, it's no surprise that I never heard of it until its CD release. But what a delight to hear it!
Yes, there was a time when a mixture of folk, jazz, and Indian music was perfectly understandable & acceptable. And it mixes together beautifully, with Nina Johansen's slightly accented voice rich & deeply felt, accompanied by sitar & tabla, guitar & drums, organ & flute. The liner notes mention the importance of Joni Mitchell at the time, and her influence is definitely heard in songs such as "My Way To Be Hurt." There's a quiet, gentle feeling of Nature & the search for understanding & wisdom, never overbearing, always open-hearted & little melancholy. This is what the world used to be like for many people ... and it's still an inspiring musical vision.
This appears to be discontinued by the manufacturer, so get it while you can. Dedicated to the Bird We Love kind of reminds me of a cross between Nico and the Poppy Family's first album. The album is mellow psych-folk that mixes sitar and tabla with moody introspective vocals and continues to grow on me with each listen. Check out the music samples, but Across Your Life, Unless, Land of Wisdom, Can Anybody Tell?, Visions,and My Way to Hurt are all pretty amazing. The album's vibe is kind of like a glass of red wine and a few tokes: warm, cozy and a little spaced out.