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Kokko


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Audio CD, October 15, 1996
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1. Tuulilta Tuleva
2. Kokko
3. Ottajat
4. Korppi
5. Pyry
6. Halla
7. Iro
8. Merten Kosijat
9. Omani
10. Pojaton
11. Emoni Ennen

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  • Audio CD (October 15, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B000005J4C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,373 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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They are one of Finland's biggest musical exports but they could hardly be described as typically Finnish. They are, simply, Värttinä: musicians with a unique sound, with their feet firmly rooted in Finnish ground, in its language, culture and history, yet with the courage to develop over nearly two decades, something no-one else in the world has been able to copy.

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This is great music and a good time.
M. Hartman
It is delightful, funny at times, very pop, but still with strong Finnish folk elements, refecting their origins as a band.
N. D. A. Grie
This is my first purchase of a Vattrina CD.
Vaygar-Ingvald Elmersson aka Caroll EH Reimer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Hartman on November 8, 2001
Format: Audio CD
My first exposure to Varttina was via Seleniko, which remains their strongest effort in my opinion. Seleniko was straight-forward Finnish folksong being performed by a band that had clearly consumed large quantities of New Wave and Techno sounds. Kokko is Vartinna's first attempt to bring folk and modern sounds together. It works stunningly well. Varttina attacks the material with giddy abandon, trying to fit intimidating polysyllabic finnish phrases into 4/4 measures. There is something delicously disorienting about the poly-rythms that result from this mixture. This all sounds rather academic, but this is simply fun music. I find it wonderful stuff for dancing, sure to please even your Great Aunt Helga from Minnesota who loves Polkas. I was a bit disappointed to see a lack of movement from the audience when I saw them in Virginia in 1997. The band seemed a bit dismayed as well. This is great music and a good time. The pure folk beauty that was so enchanting on Seleniko remains and is mixed with modern rythms to produce a truly impressive sound here on "Kokko".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brianna Neal on December 30, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Finnish neo-folk group Varttina continues their musical evolution in this 1996 Nonesuch release, developing a more modern sound while retaining the distinctive, strident folk-singing style of traditional Finnish music. Like Varttina's previous album, "Aitara", most of the songs on this recording were written by members of the group. This is my favorite of their albums--primarily upbeat and cheerful, but with a satisfying depth as well and a graceful blending of a wide variety of world music elements--Finnish, Celtic, African, Middle Eastern, rock and jazz. The title of this album means "eagle", and I like the variety of the release as well as the power and maturity of its sound. Varttina's previous CD was "Aitara" while their next is "Vihma". If you like the sound of Varttina's singers, particularly on the last track, "Emoni Ennen", you may also enjoy the work of Bulgarian women's choral groups in such albums as "The Magical Voices of Bulgaria" by the Bulgarian National Folk Ensemble.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. D. A. Grie on June 12, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I first discovered Varttina when my wife got me the world music Cliff Notes CD called "Planet Soup", released in the mid-90s, and that led to my purchase of this one. It is delightful, funny at times, very pop, but still with strong Finnish folk elements, refecting their origins as a band. I once heard their singing described (with a nod to legendary 60s producer Phil Spector) as a "wall of girls" - right on target. To me the dominant characteristic of this music is its ability to lodge in your brain. You will say "I can't get that song out of my head - PLAY IT AGAIN!" For me this is especially true of "Ottajat" (Track 3), my favorite. What ear candy! My second favorite is "Pyat", (Track 5), the only instrumental, the folkiest cut of all, but also just about the rowdiest - kind of a Finnish hoe-down. Its best moment is toward the end, when the soprano sax plays long, eerie and mournful notes above the dance beat, like the northern sun setting on a wild Finnish party.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Vaygar-Ingvald Elmersson aka Caroll EH Reimer on August 31, 2001
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This is my first purchase of a Vattrina CD. I hesitated because I wasn't too interested in their, what I call, speed singing. However, when I listened to the CD as a whole, Vattrina quiclkly went to the top of my preference list!! What REALLY sold me was the amazingly tight harmony. When those six women break off into their indiviadual harmonies; MAN, that's where their music grabs my spirit and just rattles it beyond belief. Not only is this music folk in origin, there is also quite a bit of the contemporary sounds. Until now, Hedningarna's TRA has been my undisputed favorite. Since hearing this, weeeeeelllll . . . . . .???????? Do you want something a bit different? Ya gotta try it!!!
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