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Harbinger

Paula ColeAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Grammy winner and 7 time Grammy nominee Paula Cole has released six solo albums spanning an eighteen year career. In April, she will release her seventh solo album titled Raven. The release comes on the 20th anniversary of her performance debut on Peter Gabriel’s “Secret World Live” tour/album (1993-1994) and her solo debut Harbinger (Imago Records).

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  • Audio CD (October 10, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002N2I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,519 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Following in the footsteps of Sinéad O'Connor and Tori Amos, Paula Cole is an art-rock singer-songwriter who turns her personal wounds into songs full of facile psychologizing and strained allegory with overwrought, humorless music to match. Harbinger, the debut album from the Massachussetts native, is full of grievances against glamorous romantic rivals, patronizing men, insensitive high school classmates and cross-burning racists--all so broadly drawn that everyone can easily join in the complaint. --Geoffrey Himes

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Paula Cole ~ Harbinger

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Harbinger" proves to forcast things to come... December 18, 1999
By jordan
Format:Audio CD
Paula Cole's debut, "Harbinger" is a little known album that reaches the core of her music. The soulful ballads that are present on this album are some of the most candid and revealing songs in pop music. Supported with Cole's haunting voice, the songs of "Harbinger" resonate through the mind and weasel their way into the subconscious. The simplistic beauty of "Ordinary", along with the minimalist style of "Chiaroscuro" add to the complexity and depth of Cole's music. She is completely unprecidented and unlike any other artist. Original melodies and incredible music lend themselves to create the masterpiece that is "Harbinger". If you love songs like "Me" from her album, "This Fire", you will love this album. "Harbinger" is true to its name, in that it is a warning to stand back and accept the inevitable success of Cole's talent and mystique.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Debut September 2, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Singer/songwriter Paula Cole comes from the same school of passionate music that Tori Amos & Sarah McLachlan do, and Paula can certainly hold her own against her sisters in torchsong. Her debut album from 1994, "Harbinger," is an excellent album, showing off Paula's emotional voice and songwriting that would later make her a star with her acclaimed follow-up, "This Fire." "Harbinger" has such great songs as "Happy Home," "Watch The Woman's Hands," the great rock of "Chiaroscuro," the dark "Black Boots," the beautiful "Dear Gertrude," and the political bent of "Hitler's Brothers." Paula Cole's confessional songs may not be for everybody, but overall, "Harbinger" is a solid debut disc for this very-talented artist.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of The '90s Best Efforts January 19, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
"Saturn Girl" is still a hit waiting to happen, and this is an excellent, unusually nuanced and marvelously sung record that occupies its own unique artistic space. Cole has made a truly great album (this one), a good one ("This Fire") and a regrettable one ("Amen") but she hasn't yet made her masterpiece. So, onward!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest December 6, 2000
By Ashareh
Format:Audio CD
_Harbinger_ is an honest and passionate album, with a bare-boned intensity. Paula Cole expresses the angst of being *different,* overlooked, underappreciated. Each song contains within it a little world that captures a particular essence or quality of some moment of existence where you realize what it means to grow up. Paula Cole acknowledges the little sacrifices, the major and petty disappointments. Overall, this is quite a satisfying album.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw Passions October 1, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I've been a fan of Paula Cole since I was 13, and that was 8 years ago. After listening to all three albums (Harbinger, This Fire, and Amen) for a gazillions time, I come to a conclusion that Harbinger is definitely Paula Cole at her best. This Fire is also very strong, but the sound engineer does not do a very good job in that one (especially in Tiger, with all the overload distortions). I admit that I probably listened to This Fire more than Harbinger (and far more than Amen), but musically wise, Harbinger is the one which I think has the most emotional and artistical values. Harbinger tracks are full of unexplainable emotions, like Hitler's Brother, Black Boots, etc. There's a certain higher level of abstractness in Harbinger than This Fire, which is a little more commercialized.

There is something about Harbinger that sounds very outdated, yet fresh everytime you hear it. Musically, Harbinger packs with a lot of interesting sounds. The whistle in Hitler's Brother gets to me everytime, and the clapping, beatboxes, etc. really do show how talented Paula Cole is. She is not just a singer with a unique voice, she's also a great composer, a virtuoso, and a groundbreaker.

It is hard to recommend this album to someone who only listen to mainstream music, because Harbinger is definitely not mainstream. Some people prefer the crispness in a record, but this is not the case. Harbinger has a very distinctive sound, it is very grey-toned and a little strange. Nevertheless, it is a kind of music that you will appreciate once you've become accustomed to. Buy it.. there's a certain CD in which everyone MUST try to listen to at least once, and Harbinger/This Fire is one of those CDs which you either hate, like, or absolutely obsess with.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of The '90s Best Efforts January 19, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
"Saturn Girl" is still a hit waiting to happen, and this is an excellent, unusually nuanced and marvelously sung record that occupies its own unique artistic space. Cole has made a truly great album (this one), a good one ("This Fire") and a regrettable one ("Amen") but she hasn't yet made her masterpiece. So, onward!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE cd to have if stranded on desert island November 29, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Paula Cole's first album, though fairly unknown, is like a diamond in the rough. With such a unique sound, listeners who have been spoiled with commercial sounding rock may be up for a let down. However, for those who want to experience powerfully rich yet raw music, "Harbinger" will exceed your wildest expectations. It's a wonderful mixture of sounds ranging from piano, whistling, and clapping. The music itself is different and pleasing to the ear. Paula tells it like it is with no sensory veils ("Everybody's talking about Becky's bust, the boys on the basketball team just f***, The same 10 girls who don't know who they are, Looking for some comfort in the back of a car, The 6-pack of beer, the locker room jeers, I don't want to be me, I don't want to be here"--Bethlehem) With brutally honest lyrics from songs like Bethlehem, Happy Home, Saturn Girl, I Am so Ordinary, Dear Gertrude, and Oh John, "Harbinger" is wonderfully sung and produced. Words can't even begin to describe the total genius that this record is. Your music collection isn't complete without it. Buy it NOW.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harbinger
This was an excellent transaction.!!! Product was in great shape and as advertised.It totally and completely met my expectations.Will do it again.
Published 14 months ago by amafan
5.0 out of 5 stars Paula Cole is a master singer-songwriter!
I have seen her in performance and she is just as great live as she is on her recordings. If you have a chance to see her, don't miss it!
Published 17 months ago by Dani D
4.0 out of 5 stars One of her best albums
I love this album. Well, most of it (which is why I didn't give it a full 5 stars -- but it's hard to have a perfect album). Read more
Published 18 months ago by kpatable
5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say...
It's Paula Cole. I have not listened to a bad song coming from her.
Her voice puts her in the elite category of great artists.
Published 19 months ago by BearsCamera
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
This woman is an amazing artist - her music will send chills down your spine. She is an incredible vocalist and storyteller - you almost can't really listen to her music without... Read more
Published on May 14, 2008 by Heather Sheldon
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen to this While Reading "Cowboys Are My Weakness"
I got this as a present, having asked for the album with top-10 hit "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone. Read more
Published on March 20, 2001 by "fleajuice"
5.0 out of 5 stars It Rocks!
This album is so wonderful. She has this awesome spark that she lacks on the latter albums. If you want to hear Paula Cole at her best, you should definitely check this album... Read more
Published on December 24, 1999 by D. A. Carpenter
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