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  • Audio CD (January 14, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Universal South
  • ASIN: B00007MB2K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,912 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Nashville has long been abuzz about Bering Strait, six classically trained Russian musicians who play country and bluegrass music as if they grew up in Omaha, not Obninsk. But after four years and five record labels with no record released, do Bering Strait live up to the hype? Well, there's no question about their chops. The album's one instrumental, the Grammy-nominated "Bearing Straight," proves it in a Béla Fleck fusion sort of way. Yet mostly this debut aims for the solidly mainstream target audience, in songs about love, sensuality, and romance, whether shattered or shared. Lead vocalist Natasha Borzilova delivers poised and nuanced readings, and almost all the songs were written by bankable Nashville tunesmiths, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Mary Ann Kennedy, and Pam Rose among them. The only hints that these kids hail from somewhere outside the WSM listening area come from brief, spoken dialogue and a traditional Russian folk song ("Porushka-Paranya"). What's missing is a little more personality, a few more original tunes (the best, "Only This Love," finds band member Ilya Toshinsky at the head of the credits), and a lot more of that aforementioned hot picking. But oh, what a cultural exchange this could be! --Alanna Nash

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A great sound and wonderful voices.
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I liked every song on this CD, and that's a first for me.
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Can't wait for the next release and to see them live!
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65 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you've grown weary of music that you can't tell is country or not, Bering Strait might be just what you are looking for. Excellent vocal and instrumental country music. "Bering Strait" (track 10) is an instrumental tract that fully showcases the musical ability of the group. "Parushka-Paranya" (cut 11) doesn't let you forget that this blue-grass side of country group is really from Russia. There is not a track I didn't like (unusual for me). Not perfect - I think the tracts could have been organized on the disk - but an truly outstanding first effort from a new group, none the less. Be sure and watch the trailer from the documentary "The Ballad of Bering Strait". I also particularly enjoyed the video extra of "Bering Strait" and "Jagged Edge of a Broken Heart".
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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 14, 2003
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I heard about the band from my sister-in-law, who made a documentary film about the group entitled "The Ballad of Bering Strait". I am not a country music fan, but really enjoy this album. The lead singer, Natasha, is gifted, as are all the musicians in the group. The music will be enhanced if you have the opportunity to see the film about their tough journey from Russia to Nashville and finally getting their album released.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Tim Hewitt on February 28, 2003
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Well, not exactly in terms of originality, but certainly in terms of origin. Making it to these comments, you surely already know that the musicians who make up Bering Strait hail from Russia. At first glance, this first CD is a charming novelty: 6 young Russian-bred musicians turn out a Nashville CD that's as good as any slick, highly-produced Country release on the market. Heck, you'd swear that when they speak (and you can hear them do so on this enhanced CDs video clips), lead singer Natasha Borzilova and lead guitarist Ilya Toshinsky have a twinge of Southern twang in their voices. And when Natasha sings, all bets are off (are they sure Russia isn't a county somewhere in Tennessee?). As you listen to the CD, you may never forget the novelty, but you'll become impressed by the talent. Although most of the songs are pure "product" out of the Nashville factory, the skill with musical instruments and the vibrancy of Natasha's voice more than make up for the simple songcraft. There are certainly likeable songs here, the single "Jagged Edge of a Broken Heart" and "Like a Child" stand out. And guitarist Toshinsky takes shared credit on two songs, indicating there may be a budding songsmith in the band. But in the end, this CD isn't designed to break new musical ground with the trendiness or depth of the songs. It's designed to prove that these kids from Russia can deliver as good as the home-grown talent. The artistry they display on this debut effort is promise that they'll likely do even better on future releases as they begin to assert their individuality. You'll buy this CD for the novelty. You'll enjoy it for the sheer display of talent. And I bet you'll keep an eye out for their next CD!
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Charlie on April 11, 2003
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I cannot begin to tell you how terrific this CD is. This band, despite all obstacles, has turned my CD collection upside down. I have not been this excited about a country artist since I discovered Reba McEntire several years ago. Their music has an eclectic blend of soul, rock, pop, country, jazz, blues, etc. They don't seem to be bound by a certain genre.
I went to see them at City Jazz at Universal City Walk Orlando on April 11, 2003. I got the pleasure of meeting the leader singer, Natasha. I also got my picture taken with her and her autograph. She was such a nice person to meet, and the entire band mingled with the concert goers. They were one of us, and that was a nice feeling.
I wish Bering Strait nothing but the biggest success! They certain deserve it!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 8, 2003
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I first saw this group on the Grand Ole Opry. The sound is young, pure and country yet with a little Patsy Cline. Buy it you will love it!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Daniel G Presnell on June 26, 2003
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BUY THIS CD NOW !!!
In this age of cookie cutter, "Fix it in the mix", prefab American Idol pop stars, these
young musicians are truly a breath of fresh air. I had the good fortune of seeing Bering
Strait at the World music concert series at Epcot, in the Walt Disney resort.
It was so nice to see a band having fun on stage. Its very unfair to pigeonhole them as just
a Bluegrass band, they are so much more talented and cross over to so many different
styles of music. Their live sets include everything from Russian Folk, Dire Straights,
Allen Jackson, and more.
Natasha Borzilova's vocal's are truly a treat, If you like Patsy Cline or Martina Mcbride
check out tracks 3 and 5. When joined with the harmonies of Lydia Salnikova (who by
the way, should have more vocal time on the next album) have sound while unique shows
hints of the Wilson sisters of Heart mixed with a touch of the Indigo Girls, and just a
sprinkle of the early Judd's albums.

Ilya Toshinsky is going to be the next member in the banjo pantheon of Earl
Scruggs, Bela Fleck, Roy Clark and the other greats. He leads into the manic pace of
track 10, the Grammy nominated Bearing Straight. The talent to go from a lead guitar
into a banjo solo and back show the deep talent of this young man.
Sasha Ostrovsky should be applauded for taking the Dobro from a sideline
instruments into for all intents a lead intstrument. His playing is a great addition to
Natasha's vocals on track 5.
The heart and soul of the band is the drums of
Alexander Arzamastsev, However he may have the most hidden talent of the band. Buy
the DVD or VHS of The Ballad of Bering Strait to check out his vocal talent.
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