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  • Audio CD (November 4, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Secretly Canadian
  • ASIN: B001GJ2ZFW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,227 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5. My Cousin
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10. Pony
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Her first album in over two years, coming after her acclaimed debut, "Until Death Comes". Whereas that release was lean and percussive with her distinctive oompah-styled piano and direct lyrics, "Silence Is Wild" stretches her voice across lush arrangements of piano, strings, choirs, and synths. Appropriate touchstones include Carole King, Jerry Lee Lewis, Plush, and Antony And The Johnsons. Lyrically, however, Hyvonen forges her own stylistic path, blending the confessional with the fictional; mixing wit with a sexuality that shifts from the refined to the raw, using language that dances between the timeless and the contemporary, and referencing high art and pop culture in a transcendent manner.

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I finally got my hands on Frida Hyvonen's "Silence is Wild" and am so glad I did. I had heard her sing some of the songs here ("My Cousin" and "Shanghai") before this album became available. Now I realize how much I have been missing. This album is Frida's best work yet.

Frida Hyvonen is no ordinary singer-songwriter. In performance she is vaguely reminiscent of Carole King. She writes songs as deep and personal as any on the folk scene, and wraps them with inventive pop stylings anchored by her rhythmic piano playing and propelled by her clear and lovely voice.

Frida's first album ("Until Death Comes") was quirky and fascinating, a summarization of her life up to that point, while the newer album deals with her life as it is now: A beautiful and uniquely talented performer plays gigs at cities around the world. Headstrong but vulnerable, she traces out an existence poised between the desire for love and an unwillingness to surrender her independence.

The album opens with "Dirty Dancing", which tells of an ex-beau who comes to clean her chimney, a neat bit of pop story-telling accented with a riff on "Unchained Melody". The next song is "The Enemy Within", a masterpiece of pop ambition and my favorite single song of this year. She follows this with the equally powerful "Highway 2 U", a bluesy, torchy meditation on love as addiction. Next up is "London!" which, like "N.Y." of her first album, is a frothy pop confection of conflicted love, where the love happens to be one of her big city venues. The album then reaches its poignant high point with "My Cousin", wherein she muses over her cousin's domestic bliss and feels compelled to act against all caution, placing herself in the position of being utterly crushed.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Fink on June 13, 2009
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I live in the Twin Cities and one night our public alt station's dj threw in Fryda Havonen's "Enemy Within" as her parting shot for the night. It's a weird haunting song and very good.

Unfortunately, all the other things by Fryda I have ever sampled are - uh - not so compelling, to be polite.

Buy the song "Enemy Within" and pass on the rest.
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