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  • Audio CD (February 24, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B000B5S8AS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,420,515 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Feather Moon
2. Harbor
3. Hope On Fire
4. Shine
5. Mission Street
6. My Medea
7. Shasta (Carrie's Song)
8. Homecoming (Walter's Song)
9. Anna Rose
10. Passage
11. The Atheist Christmas Carol
12. Green Island Serenade
13. Hope On Fire
14. Boy At The Piano

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I recommend this CD to Vienna fans and anyone who loves beautiful and moving music.
T. Graham
It's rare for me to find a CD where I can listen to almost every track, but this is certainly one of them!
Tivolian
How beautiful this song is, how beautiful Vienna's voice is on this song, I just love it.
Rocky

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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful By RMD on April 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I certainly hope not, because I've been playing this CD over and over ever since I got my greedy little hands on it.

I first heard Vienna Teng's music on a friend's copy of the independent release of her first album, Waking Hour, and I became a fan with "Between" and "The Tower," with their graceful lyrics and catchy tunes, and the absolutely gorgeous "Lullaby for a Stormy Night," which is sweet and charming and never fails to make me get a little teary in that way very personal songs do. I had the rerelease of Waking Hour pre-ordered for over a month, and it was completely worth the wait.

Warm Strangers even outdoes Waking Hour. Lots of people will compare Vienna to Tori Amos, Sarah McLaughlan, and Norah Jones, who are all artists I like but I don't think that the comparisons are completely warranted. First off, Vienna has the ability to write lyrics that are both deeply layered, complex, and moving as well simply musical, but I feel like many other artists tend to choose either the sound of the words or the meaning of the words, without really combining them with as much grace as she does.

Second, one of my favorite things is that all of Vienna's music is very personal, so when you listen to her you feel like she's sitting across a little table from you and leaning in and telling you a story. This effect is heightened when you see her live, since she always has a story to go along with the song. That feeling of intimacy is something that I think the vast majority of artists can't create so completely as she does, and it's part of what makes her so listenable.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Rocky on August 21, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Warm Strangers is amazing I must say. I came across Vienna Teng online and I was always curious of her. She sounded like she had a very memorable and lovely voice and her piano skills seemed great. Finally I bought the c.d. after hearing Harbor for probably the twentieth time on Amazon's sample. Harbor is the song that propelled me the deepest to buy this c.d. and it is indeed the most strongest and favored song on here for me. Yet there are so many other songs on here that capture me as well now that I have listened to the full c.d. a few times over.
The one thing I must say I love about this c.d. is its lyrics. Some of the songs on here are so strong because of the lyrics, and how Vienna sings them makes them instant favorites. Vienna has background sound on here that is wonderful and suited well for the moods of each song so well. The piano is lovely with Vienna. She is another woman behind the piano, but with her own voice and her own words, and she deserves to be recognized.
I say she is a lot better than Alicia Keys, the only young woman really being favored in the media for her piano skills. Open your eyes people and listen to Vienna Teng! This is the woman you should be hearing! She is among the many young talented female artists that should be recognized but just aren't. Charlotte Martin, Keri Noble, and of course Vanessa Carlton are some of the women that are not recognized for their true talent and Vienna Teng is right next to them. That upsets me, especially while hearing Vienna sing those lovely high notes like on Mission Street. Vienna and a lot other unrecognized female talent could seriously kick a lot of these constantly favored women of the media out off their high horses if just given the chance.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Yeou Hsiang Cheng on March 7, 2004
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The hidden song, Green Island Serenade, is a very famous Chinese song in Taiwan. Green Island is a beautiful island in Taiwan.
Green Island Serenade
The Green Island is like a boat
floating in the moon night.
Oh girl, you have been floating in my heart too.
Let the sound of my song follow the breeze
blowing open the curtain of your window.
Let my passion follow the flowing water
pouring out my heart for you endlessly.
The long shadows of the palm trees
cannot hide my love.
The bright and beautiful moonlight
lights up my heart all the more.
The night of Green Island has been so calm.
Oh girl, why are you still in silence?
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By RSProds TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Five Stars!! I have not heard this CD but I ran across an hour long performance by Ms Teng on PBS. Just her and her awesome piano and it stopped me in the middle of a Sunday night football game. (Thank God for PIP). She sang most of the songs on the CD before an appreciative audience. She reminds me of Laura Nyro and Essra Mohawk, which is a huge compliment in my musical universe.

Her music is very personal, bewitching, and immediate, backed by the enthralling colorations of her piano orchestrations. On the TV special, she tells the very interesting stories behind each song. I consider her to be a major musical find and I will follow her career. My favorite songs of hers are the spellbinding "Harbor" and the stunning "Passage". Bravo, Vienna. Five Stars.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. Carter on March 30, 2004
Format: Audio CD
How can you describe an album that moves into your heart and stays there, an album that shakes you to the bone yet, somehow, fills your darkest places with hope, comfort, and warmth? Is there any way to describe such an album successfully? I doubt it. Still, Vienna Teng's sophomore CD WARM STRANGERS is so phenomenal, that I have to try.
From the first song, it's easy to see that Teng's talent will garner endless comparisons to Tori Amos and Fiona Apple. Yet these comparisons are not wholly justified. Yes, Teng plays piano and yes, she writes intelligent, poetic, and cathartic songs. There's something about Teng, though, that places her in a different class--an even higher one than Amos or Apple. Teng is neither as angst-ridden as Apple nor as strange (and, frankly, frightening) as Amos. Teng is infinitely more approachable than either of these artists.
Now, let's get down to the song-by-song rundown:
1) "Feather Moon" (4.5/5 stars) - This opening tune is loaded with poetic, almost hyper-intelligent lyrics that defy interpretation (or, rather, beg for a slew of contradictory different ones). Beautiful, soothing vocals and piano-driven melodies set the tone for the album.
2) "Harbor" (5/5 stars) - A stately and polished ballad that transcends the quiet nature of so many of Teng's other songs. Lilting vocals, technical mastery of piano ... just an amazing, uplifting song.
3) "Hope on Fire" (5/5 stars) - Here, Teng offers another upbeat and spiritually-uplifting song filled with soaring vocals and piano-driven melodies. This is as close to a pop tune as Teng has ever gotten ... and she nails it!
4) "Shine" (4.5/5 stars) - A sweetly endearing ballad of the same class that made Teng famous.
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