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Hush [Import]

Jane SiberryAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 26, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sounds True Direct
  • ASIN: B00004X0QU
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,319 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Jacob's Ladder
2. All Through The Night
3. Pontchartrain
4. Streets of Laredo
5. As I Roved Out
6. False False Fly
7. The Water Is Wide
8. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
9. Ol' Man River
10. O Shenandoah

Editorial Reviews

After traversing musical territories spanning everything from dance to jazz to folk, vocalist Jane Siberry sets her sights on American and Celtic spirituals. With hints of the slow, layered vocal style of Walela, Siberry covers such standards as "O Shenandoah," and "The Water Is Wide." Unlike the deep, distinctly velvet soul of the Coolidge sisters, Siberry's singing is little more than pretty. "Pontchartrain," a lonely Irish lament accompanied by piano, evokes some emotion, but there's a sense of detachment in Siberry's vocals. In fact, the entire collection suffers from a soft vocal sheen that lacks soul. Many of the songs chosen here are spiritual hymns or laments, music that's rooted in loss, humility, and storytelling. But there's no sense of melancholy here. It's as if Siberry admires these stories more than truly relates to the pain portrayed. It's also difficult to know whether accompanying vocals, which form an impressive Enya-like pillow around Siberry, are Siberry's duplicated voice or those of other singers. No other vocalists are credited. While such singers as Loreena McKennitt can make us feel the desperate ache in a chilling portrayal of "The Highwayman," Siberry's passion for tradition is not apparent. Hence the listener's left feeling a bit soothed, but somewhat empty. --Karen K.Hugg

Product Description

traditonal Celtic and American spirituals (choral Siberry vocals, piano, strings)

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Her Halo Is Wonderfully Askew October 6, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Yes, I've admittedly been fascinated with the quirkily, endearingly contagiousness of Jane Siberry's music since my first listen. As with her previous work, this CD is to the ears what fairground funnel cake is to the nose--arresting, sweet, and immediately provacative. But, with Jane, that's just the beginning: as you process the familiar words of these childhood songs with all her too strange harmonies and fun house mirror time warps, she sets off the nerve endings, successfully changing physical waves into emotional excitation. The resulting little shivers of "touch" are the hallmark of only a few musicians and artists. Best of all, hers is an insidiously insider-only message delivered to those whose receptors are tuned to all things left of center. Jane's let you share her secret flipbook scene of the angel's halo tilting ever more wonderfully askew.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Someone should have stopped her July 31, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I like Jane Siberry and I love some of her music. "Hush," though, is an indulgent mess. There are one or two pieces that I like, but they're not enough to justify purchasing the CD. Because, sadly, at least 50% of the cuts are so unbearable I can hardly sit through them. To be precise, they're INTERMINABLE. I have tried to appreciate them, but all I can do is yell at the CD player, "End already!"
The repetition, the layered vocals, the largely absent music...I appreciate minimalism and modernism but this is ridiculous. There is a point where the producer has to step in and say, "Whoa." That didn't happen here.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From HUSH to SHUSHAN THE PALACE December 13, 2003
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I differ with the Amazon review of this CD. The emotional level Jane Siberry reveals in Hush comes forth delicately and colorfully as each rendition of the traditional music in Hush is embraced with a sweet reminiscence of hearing and learning these songs in childhood. Her lack of commercialism is to be applauded: just straightforward beautiful music. Hush opened the door for Jane's latest effort, SHUSHAN the Palace, and proves that beautiful music is as everlasting and genuine as those artists who attempt to carry on the tradition of setting the emotion of words and music into song and verse. This highly personalized collection of the songs is a welcome relief for the ears and the soul. The calmness and warmth of this collection left me wanting to hear more. I seriously doubt if any of the corporate labels would have released this CD, which is their loss, and would have been ours have it not been for SHEEBA RECORDS (check out [...] - recordings by Jane Siberry that are listed as "out of print on Amazon, are available there).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and Relaxing March 3, 2006
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This CD is quite unusual. Old hymns and American classics are sung by Jane Siberry in the most unusual way. All are sung slowly, and with tons of harmony (albeit UNUSUAL harmonies) by, I believe, Jane herself. If you're thinking Sweet Adelaides, dont. This is a modern, unusual interpretation of American classics. The entire CD has a lullaby feel, and that's why I really only listen to it at bedtime. But that's also when I can focus and appreciate the unusual harmonies the best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a sweet and beautiful cd September 28, 2003
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I listen to the track "All through the night" almost every night before I go to bed. There is something so soothing about it, and about all the tracks on this cd. Just listening to it makes the cares slip right off your shoulders. Meditation music, stress reliever, whatever you call it, this is it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ms Siberry does it again December 8, 2000
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There's no getting around it: Jane Siberry is an artist unto herself. "Hush" is the kind of left field release that leaves admirers like me agog at her daring. After challenging "new age" music paradigms with "When I Was A Boy", then subsequently delivering jazz and then juvenilia albums, she releases an album of reinvigorated spirituals. Granted, her multi-tracked voice and minimal accompaniment lends the songs a certain sameness, but it lends the work cohesion and she's smart enough to arrange and deliver them in sublimely good taste. Although I can't say it's my favourite release of hers, I'm sure it will remain a cherished work I'll return to again and again.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff, except... July 24, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The first time I listened to this I absolutely loved it. The second time, I noticed that Jane was having some pitch problems on several of the songs--most noticably on "False False Fly", but also on several of the other songs. Jane has a style of singing where she sometimes slurs into the center value of a note from slightly above or below--it works well on many of her own compositions, but I don't think it works well here.
However, this is the sole flaw on this otherwise perfect disc, and I haven't read any other review anywhere that mentioned it (I suspect that my ears are more irritated by minor pitch errors than most people's). My final recommendation is that if you sometimes are annoyed by vocalists singing off pitch, then you need to avoid this CD--otherwise, if you're looking for a new and creative take on some old classic songs, then you are going to love it.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt and simply beautiful October 31, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
I'm always amazed by how differently the same piece of music strikes different people. I couldn't disagree more with the editorial review -- "Hush" is about as heartfelt as it gets. Sadness, joy, loss, pain, wonder, it's all here in ample amounts. And Siberry's vocals (yes, they are all hers) are simply gorgeous. If you liked the layered arrangement of the "Love is Everything" reprise on her brilliant "When I Was A Boy" CD, you'll love what she's done here.
In my humble opinion, Siberry's rendition of "The Water is Wide" is worth the price of this CD alone; it might well be the most beautiful song I've ever heard, and it's definitely the highlight of "Hush." Like the album itself, it meanders and builds, receeds and then blooms into something wonderful when least expected. Thank you, Jane!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not her strength
Ol' Man River?????

Siberry is a great artist and these are very nice, mostly traditional songs. But, the two do not mix very well. Read more
Published on October 23, 2011 by kireviewer
1.0 out of 5 stars Misaligned songs, they are not what is stated!!
Other than Jacobs Ladder, none of the other songs is the song being sampled!! If one were to purchase the individual MP3, would the download be the actual song named, or the song... Read more
Published on September 5, 2011 by Luke, the Duke
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
Jane Siberry is a refreshingly unique, singular and true to herself artist. That makes her worth her weight in gold to me. "Hush" is a gorgeous take on spirituals and folk songs. Read more
Published on March 2, 2009 by H. L. L.
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
A quiet, relaxing cd full of beautiflly sung songs, with the added bennifit that my wife can't stand it.
Published on August 1, 2004 by N. Link
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
I'm new to Jane Siberry, but I must say that this CD has quickly become one of my favorites that I own. Anyone who loves melodic, poetic music will love this!
Published on August 20, 2001 by E. Tien
5.0 out of 5 stars Peaceful and Serene
I'm new to Jane Sieberry, but I have to admit that this CD has risen very quickly to the top of my favorites list. Read more
Published on August 20, 2001 by Joshua Gray
1.0 out of 5 stars A self indulgent dud
Jane seems to become increasingly self-absorbed as the years wear on. On this CD though her voice is still lovely, her delivery is hardly inspired. Read more
Published on April 5, 2001
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