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Sea Sew (Deluxe Edition) [Import]

Lisa HanniganAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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Between writing her first album – 2008’s ‘Sea Sew’ – and its eagerly-awaited successor, Lisa Hannigan’s life has changed in oh-so-many ways. She penned her first songs in hope rather than the expectation that the wider world might find a use for them; knocked out at rehearsals in a freezing barn in the Irish countryside, the record was produced at a ... Read more in Amazon's Lisa Hannigan Store

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  • Audio CD (February 23, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Import
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B003626TEU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #608,510 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Ocean And A rock
2. Venn Diagram
3. Sea Song
4. Splishy Splashy
5. I Don't Know
6. Keep It All
7. Courting Blues
8. Pistachio
9. Teeth
10. Lille
Disc: 2
1. Sea Song (Recorded Live at Fingerprints Records, Long Beach)
2. Splishy Splashy (Recorded Live at Fingerprints Records, Long Beach)
3. Ocean And A Rock (Recorded Live at Fingerprints Records, Long Beach)
4. Venn Diagram (Recorded Live at Fingerprints Records, Long Beach)
5. I Don't Know (Recorded Live at Fingerprints Records, Long Beach)
6. Lille (Recorded Live at Fingerprints Records, Long Beach)
7. Lille - Enhanced Music Video
8. I Don't Know - Enhanced Live Performance

Editorial Reviews

Special enhanced two CD edition of the Mercury Music Prize nominated album including a bonus disc of live tracks and enhanced videos. Debut album from the singer/songwriter, housed in a sleeve that Lisa did the needle-work for herself, The album features 10 tracks including `An Ocean And A Rock', `Venn Diagram' and the lead single, `Lille'. Musical personnel on the album includes Donagh Molloy, Tomo, Shane Fitzsimons, Lucy Wilkins, Vyvienne Long, Gavin Glass and Cathy Davey who provides backing vocals on some of the songs. Lisa has contributed guest vocals on a number of other artists' recordings, including The Frames, Mic Christopher, and Herbie Hancock. She performed on the track 'Don't Explain,' with Damien Rice on Hancock's album, Possibilities.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Gorgeous Album February 3, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Lisa Hannigan's first solo album, and what an amazingly beautiful freshman effort.

Lisa played with Damien Rice for some time, in fact Volcano is probably one of my favorite songs because she, Damien, and the cello all sounded like perfect musical instruments. It's a shame that Rice asked her to split off onto her own. She appears with him on these two Damien Rice albums O,9 - both are masterpieces when she sings.

Sea Sew is one of those delicate beautifully mixed clear albums that is just a pleasure to listen to. Lisa's voice and phrasing shows a number of influences, but she is never derivative of their music. She has a unique style that is very easy to recognize. On different tracks, I'm reminded of Jane Birkin (ex fan de sixties), Edie Brickel (shooting rubber bands at the stars), Bjork (her early work, maybe even sugar cubes days), Her Irishness comes out frequently, just enough pleasant lilt.

Her voice has a wonderful range, from whisper quiet with a the tiniest bit of rasp to clear clean beautiful full singing. Notes are always hit perfectly (no pitchiness here dog). The recording has wonderful imaging. The mix is well balanced, Lisa's voice is crystal clear backed by musical instruments at exactly the right volume.

The packaging is worth mentioning - all paper and paper board. The disc fits in a slot just inside the front cover. The 10 page stapled insert includes the musician credits, most of the song lyrics (a few are missing), and the standard thank yous at the end. The cover is a photograph of a knit and stitched piece Lisa and Frances Hannigan did.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last!!! February 7, 2009
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I first came across Irish Singer Songwriter Lisa Hannigan when she accompanied Damien rice on "Don't explain" from Herbie Hancock's "Possibilities" CD. Ethereal, with weeping Cello and Hancock's delicate tinkling of the ivories perfectly accentuating the pairs delicate vocals, it made me long for more and so I got Damien Rice's brilliant CDs "O" and "9", both brilliant. Lisa's vocals accompanied Rice's on quite a few tracks and people wondered what she would sound like away from his shadow.

Well, here we get to find out. "Sea Sew" is Hannigan's debut which originally came out late last year in her native Ireland. Comprising just 10 melodic but tender Folk-y songs with clever and intelligent lyrics, they sound as lovingly put together as the photo of the quilt on the CD cover.

With a spare sound (piano, cello, guitars, some tinkling/chiming glockenspiel here and there) with her hushed elfin vocals floating delicately above, every song is a standout really. I must say, her songs don't sound as bleak and melancholic as her former musical partner's. My favourites are the upbeat pair of "Sea song" and "Keep it all", the waltz-like Bluesy "Courting blues", the lovely piano-driven "Pistachio", the ethereal "Teeth" (which just builds and builds), and closing lullaby-like "Lille".

This reminds me of another stunning Folk-y CD which came out last year, "Me and Armini" by Emiliana Torrini. Much like that effort, "Sea sew"'s idiosyncratic charm is not immediately apparent but takes you over slowly but surely. Classy and beautiful!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful breakout album from a shooting star November 26, 2008
Format:MP3 Music
Coming off a musical breakup with the amazingly talented, Singer/Poet Damon Rice, Lisa Hannigan finally launches a full album under her own name, and the result is nothing short of amazing. Hannigan likely has the best voice of any folk singer of her generation, and she is probably the most beautiful too. For anyone who appreciates time on his or her own, or just wants to unwind while listening to an amazing CD, break out a candle and let Lisa take your hand and guide you on wonderful journey.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing first album!!! May 26, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I never write reviews, but I have to make an exception here. Since she is not main stream pop, she will need all the good reviews she can get - they are more the deserved! I first heard Lisa on Damien's "O" album, and instantly fell in love with her voice. I was bummed out when they broke up, and I ordered her album as soon as it came out. Before the cd got here, my wife and I got to see her perform this album live at a little place in Minneapolis (the varsity theater). There was a huge snow storm that night, and only maybe 50 people showed up (we drove 150 miles). She put on an mesmerizing performance for us. Do not hesitate to see her live, or get this cd. It's perfect for just sitting around, relaxing, and getting high.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My heart is sewn up in this vibrant (not so) new voice... September 28, 2009
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I am a huge fan of Damien Rice. He is, without question, my favorite musical artist out there today and maybe even ever. It was on his stellar `O' that I first heard Lisa Hannigan. A few years ago, shortly after the release of Damien's `9', Lisa broke away from Damien to pursue her solo career. While it came at a inopportune time for me (right after I purchased tickets to see Damien Rice in concert, thus resulting in a Lisa'less experience) it was a smart move for Hannigan, for she certainly has the charm and the voice to succeed on her own; and she proves that here on `Sea Sew', her debut album.

I will say this right off the bat; the album is pretty close to flawless. So, you may wonder; why only four stars. The only issue I have with `Sea Sew' is a pretty big one. Nothing here, aside from one song, really POPS. Musically it is very similar to Damien's albums, but there is no `Blowers Daughter' or `Cold Water' or `Rootless Tree'. There is nothing that makes you sit back and say "wow", and you really need that. `Sea Song' is the one real standout here; but with an album filled to the brim with impeccable tracks I was expecting them to reach that `other' level they should have been aiming for.

It's a splendid album, but it's just lacking that special something for me.

And where is Damien? She really could have at least collaborated with him on ONE track!

So, I'll start with my favorites. Like I mentioned, `Sea Song' has that special something that makes it my favorite of the album. There is an edge here that is not really on the rest of the album; an almost sinister advance that entices me. `Keep it All' also has that vibe, but it is sharper, losing some of the melodic incorporations that made `Sea Song' so vibrant.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Already owned it, had to buy the CD
I already bought the album on iTunes awhile back, but I had to buy the actual CD, which I've only done with 2 other artists out of the hundreds of artists whose music I own. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ryannn29
5.0 out of 5 stars Just hit repeat.
I only came across this album last year. But it's become one of my favorites to listen to. Thoughtful song writing, a voice and style that that has made her one of my favorite... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Troy
5.0 out of 5 stars Smashing GOOD !
Love it ! Very upbeat and relaxing to listen to. Lyrics having meaning, and reference. Voice is refreshing, and music is unique (especially the use of a sax) !
Published 7 months ago by grits625
5.0 out of 5 stars For the Ages
The magical Isle of Ireland is well known for its horses, its spirits, its mythologies, its landscape and of course, its writers, artists and musicians. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Stevenson. Bryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Such talent!!!
I love Lisa Hannigan's sound. Wish I could go and see her live! I highly recommend this album. It's great!
Published 14 months ago by Dr Boots
5.0 out of 5 stars Must buy for folk artist lovers!!
just got these in after my fiance' and I saw her guest start at a Ray LaMontagne concert and they were as advertised!!! must buy!!
Published 19 months ago by Daniel Sekerak
5.0 out of 5 stars Soft music
Soft voice and mellow music. I enjoy this when I get home from a long day of work or when I wanna just whine down. Read more
Published on April 16, 2012 by Just Jo
4.0 out of 5 stars Its a pretty good album
I love her voice, and her band is amazing. Her songs will totally make you wish you lived in Ireland. Its a chill album which will please any ear( it pleased mine,ha).
Published on May 5, 2011 by DANmed
5.0 out of 5 stars Lisa Hannigan, Irish queen...
Lisa Hannigan is amazing. As a singer/songwriter myself, she is an absolute inspiration.
I have spent endless hours reading about her, reading interviews, reading her blog,... Read more
Published on January 31, 2011 by June Kathleen D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for any occasion
Like many others, I originally became a fan of Lisa Hannigan through Damien Rice. Her voice added so much depth to his music and I always wondered "Who is this girl!? Read more
Published on January 3, 2011 by R. Yearsley
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I completely agree. This album was such a find. By the second play I was addicted; it is now an essential on my daily ipod. Lisa's beautiful voice is powerful yet never overplayed. The songs are magical, understated with imaginative arrangements and clever lyrics, gorgeous melodies with great... Read More
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