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  • Audio CD (September 22, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Chameleon / Ada
  • ASIN: B000004BCA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,915 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Unicorn
2. Summer
3. Waking Will
4. Shimmering, Warm & Bright
5. Sleep In Deep
6. Buthania
7. Le Temps Degage
8. Spiderdust
9. Die Geschichte Einer Mutter
10. Mornixuur

Customer Reviews

I listen to it all the time.
Bryan N. Jacobs
Note: avoid their following album Magic Box, which is musically very good, but sounds more like disco than the warm medieval sound of Shimmering Warm & Bright.
Starlette
I've owned this CD since it was released, and everytime I listen to it, I realize how timeless it is.
Justin Elswick

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 13, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Bel Canto took a fairly long hiatus after recording the brilliant "Birds of Passage" and returned with this album, the title of which does a fairly good job of describing its sound. It's essentially introspective electro-pop with female vocals, but that's too easy a description. (We're not talking Annie Lennox here.) Bel Canto hail from Norway, above the Arctic Circle, and they have a darker outlook than most bands of this ilk. Maybe that's what happens when you don't see the sun too much certain times of the year. Vocalist Anneli Drecker comes off a bit like Cocteau Twins' Liz Fraser, but, as is not often the case with Miz Liz, you can actually understand what Anneli's saying--except when she's singing in German, Spanish, French, Arabic, or Norwegian, as she is wont to do from time to time. World-music influences populate this album in a way they didn't previously, and it's a less-self-consciously "European"-sounding record than their past work. It's beautiful, if not quite as "special" as "Birds of Passage," and is certainly a good enough place to start with Bel Canto. File it somewhere between Cocteau Twins' "Treasure" and the Sundays' "Reading, Writing & Arithmetic." (NOTE: "Shimmering, Warm & Bright" was followed by the astonishingly bad "Magic Box," which you should avoid at all costs.)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Clarissa on September 28, 2002
Format: Audio CD
For a very long time now the desire to write has been dead to me but everytime I listen to Shimmering Warm & Bright, images start pouring into my mind; stirring a yearning that has long been forgotten... Bel Canto is a Norwegian duo that consists of Anneli Drecker (vocals) and Nils Johansen (producer, programming). This is the only album I own by Bel Canto but it certainly won't be my last. After hearing this incredible masterpiece I am now eager to explore their newer releases as well as their imports. That's how much I enjoy this album, which is honestly too amazing for words. However, I will try my hardest to describe their sound...
Anneli Drecker's darkly untamed vocals soar over rich, sonic layerings that often remind me of Opus III because of the dreamy techno beats ("Unicorn, Summer") that are often fierce and operatic sounding, while remaining beautiful all the same. Nils Johansen completes the duo Bel Canto with the usage of electronics to compliment and enhance the strings, woodwinds, and everything else that's used on Shimmering Warm & Bright. And while Anneli mostly sings in English, she also sings in French ("Le Temps Degage") and in German ("Die Geschichte Einer Mutter"), which is truly the most haunting song on here. My favorite track though (which was hard to choose) would have to be the closing song "Mornixuur" which is a glowing triumph that ends this otherwise somber album on a note that is light and merry. The bizarre thing about this album though are the lyrics, which absolutely make no sense! I do like the lyrics to "Spiderdust" though ('She lived in limbo/ Time showed no mercy/ Until a man in gray gave her/ Doses of sweet poison'). If you hang unto every word sung than you probably won't like this album but lyrics mean very little to me so that hardly detracts from the greatness of this album.
This receives my highest recommendation!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ole T. Ryan on January 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I first discovered Bel Canto, this wonderful vibrant, dark-toned band from the Arctic Circle in Norway, when I was dj at a college radio station in a small southeastern Minnesota town. "Shimmering" was the album that hooked me into them. It's eclectic. It's dark. It's bright. It's warm. It's shimmering. It's electronic. It's hypnotic. It's haunting. It's catchy. It's a must-have! Soon you'll be doing what I did and purchasing all this band's albums! Unless you're boring and listen to sterile music.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lord Chimp on September 12, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Shimming, Warm & Bright is the third album from the exquisitely talented Norwegian group Bel Canto, who really deserves to be well-known. Bel Canto is this: an ethereal and angelic lead vocalist Anneli Drecker, a blend of acoustic and electronic instrumentation, mysterious balladry, low on hooks but possessing a somber majesty nonetheless.
Before the recording of this release, Geir Jenssen left the group to tackle his solo career. Perhaps because of this, Shimmering, Warm & Bright is dressed in less frosty tones, although the music remains beautifully solemn as always. Leading the album is the mystifying "Unicorn," juxtaposing soft keyboard textures with an effective techno backdrop. Over it all is Drecker's beautiful voice, her melodies cool and enticing. Elsewhere, her voice may take on a feisty, infectious enthusiasm, as on the spirited title track and the droll of "Spiderdust." But she is at her best when singing the album's spellbinding slow songs. "Waking Will," lyrically and musically, is like a walk through someone's twisted dreamscape. "Mornixuur" is the album's stunning finale, a ballad whose intensity carefully mounts. Also of interest are the beautiful songs where Drecker sings in foreign tongues, like French on "La Temps Dégagé" and German on "Die Geschichte Einer Mutter." I don't know why, but beautiful female vocalists singing in other languages are very pleasing to me. While much of my praise descends on Drecker (and she deserves it all), the group's other member Nils Johanssen is also remarkably talented. He has a unique ability to create electronic rhythms with all the vivacity required of Drecker's ambitious vocal melodies.
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