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  • Audio CD (October 18, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: October 18, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002JT9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,593 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12. And She Closed Her Eyes

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If you want a cd to talk about with someone or to listen to when everything else gets old, this cd will interest you and never get old.
NATHAN A TROIKE
Stina is a complete original, her songs - intense, personal, and deeply moving, are like no other, her voice, unique, sensitive, vulnerable and beautiful.
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When Stina sings the line "You just follow the bridge.." she follows with the most amazing cooing that recalls a long wistful journey.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By silhouette_of_enchantment on July 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I rarely give out five-star reviews - - but Stina Nordenstam's "And She Closed Her Eyes" is one of the few exceptions I'm making. "And She Closed Her Eyes" is one of the loveliest albums I've heard in a long time.
The first I learned of Stina was through someone's Amazon.com wishlist. For some reason, the cover of her album drew me. Her pose and demeanor looked a great deal like mine. I wasn't sure I'd like the album, but I decided to give it a chance.
Later, I learned that Stina had contributed to the Romeo and Juliet soundtrack. If I had known she was one of the artists who sang for the movie, I probably wouldn't have given the album a chance. I wasn't sure I'd like this album, but on first listen, I fell in love with it. It hasn't left my turnstill since I started playing it.
Stina's voice is unique. It is light and almost bell-like; however, I don't believe it's quite child-like as some have described it. Child-like implies naivete and innocence - Stina is neither. When I listen to Stina's voice, I think of spider silk which seems fragile at first, but is tensile and durable. I believe Stina is quite adept at confronting her own pain. Her voice, her songs perfectly capture the starkness, silence, sadness, and numbness that pain leaves once all pretense and defensiveness is stripped away. Stina's honesty and her vulnerability are her strengths.

I have a lot of favorite moments on this cd. Stina ability to use her voice to convey emotion/tell a story is unparraleled in my opinion. "When Debbie Comes Back Home From Texas" is haunting. When Stina sings the line "You just follow the bridge.." she follows with the most amazing cooing that recalls a long wistful journey.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. J. F. H. Boon on September 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This album is strange and cannot be compared with something else. This has two main reasons: 1. The voice of Stina Nordenstam is unique (strange (bad?) pronounciation and even stranger whispher-like vocals). 2. Many of the tracks have very empty, bare, acoustic arrangements, although some of them suddenly go with the flow and in their second half have strings and even boy choirs. Well, from this I hope you will get the picture. Stina Nordenstam is surely not everyone's cup of tea. But if you gave her a try, and try again if you do not like it first, you soon discover the emotional wealth of her songs. I reckon that most of the songs here are about a lost love(r). It is an album for autumn skies and quiet days. I do not like all songs on this album, that is why i will not give het 5 stars overall; the best songs, however, deserve more than five. Try it and love it !
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tertois Antoine on January 26, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I got stina's first album after 6 months of frantic search and finaly found it as a swedish import... when this album was realeased, I ordered it about é months before.. and since then I just can't fail to listen to it once every week. Stina's music is here at its best, gentle, warm, touching and there's something else... Stina's voice seems to whisper in your ear during most of the songs, as if she was standing just next to you. I strongly recpmmend this record for anyone looking for something nice..to talk about.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 8, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Stina Nordenstam is today what Emily Dickinson was a century ago - profoundly ahead of her time. Ask anyone who's ever heard her voice, they'll tell you that she epitomizes the term "acquired taste." I discovered this siren when I bought the William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet soundtrack, on which her astounding "Little Star" is featured. Five years later, I found this CD on sale for 7 bucks and picked it up - back then, I wouldn't have bought it at full price. I heard the record once, twice, and couldn't adjust. Her voice was too subtle, the music like undulating whispers - this was my impression of the entire album. But I knew I wasn't being open minded, because I still very much enjoyed "Little Star" - I was simply not ready to take in something so eccentric. Several weeks later, when I realized this, I played the record for a third time - this time with and open mind and open ears - and my reaction was undescribable. The music played right into my gut and heart. It took me back to a nostalgic time in my childhood and teenagehood, helping to unlock certain things that had happened which I had viscerally tucked away in the corners of my mind. And she Closed her eyes is haunting, not despite the softness but because of it. Stina's voice, the music, the choirboys' voices and the pillow-soft drizzle of rain all blend seemlessly to create a series of stories rarely ever disclosed with this much rawness (as in Tori Amos raw - vehement, not necessarily frurious). If you listen to it once and don't comprehend it, listen to it again. Consider it a lesson in open-mindedness.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By NATHAN A TROIKE on February 9, 2001
Format: Audio CD
From the first twang of the cd, Stina shows that she is not trying to play something that is easy to listen. Then why listen? Her frail voice seems like it needs to be held gently, but then she carries the melody strongly and it brings out a great contrast. With this cd, Stina also takes grasp of issues and stories others would not think write about. She is a breath of fresh air when everything becomes irritating, but she definitely takes some getting used to. I love her poetry and I hope that she gets much deserved credit for her talent. If you want a cd to talk about with someone or to listen to when everything else gets old, this cd will interest you and never get old.
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