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When I Don't Sleep.. [Enhanced]

Sinem SaniyeAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (December 16, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: 6/8 Records
  • ASIN: B0011V9X7I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #642,046 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"Intoxicating...captivating vocal style" -Global Rhythm Magazine, 2007 "Her sound is sweet" -The Village Voice "Crafting a sound that defies genre" -Washington Square News, 2007 "Potentially the biggest break-out act of the entire festival season" -Saratoga Journal "Sinem writes from the heart, enticing the listener into her world." -Skope Magazine "Great singing, strumming, and songwriting!" -The Bulletin, 2007 Every song and lyric in Sinem Saniye's (pronounced SEE-nem SAH-nee-yeh) debut album, "When I Don't Sleep.." comes from the most honest and passionate place in her heart. "When I Don't Sleep" is a mixture of heartfelt songs as honest as a diary about a troubled youth, vulnerability, the search for identity, celebrating the afterlife, finding love the most unlikely places, sexual discoveries, restlessness, anxiety, fear and all thoughts that race through a person's mind when they lie awake ... What keeps YOU up a night? Exploring these captivating subjects, Sinem's voice comes through as honest, smooth, strong, and soaring while alternatingly shy, gritty, and vulnerable. The songs are deliciously presented in Pop Americana style with Bossa Nova, Jazz, and Middle-Eastern flavors, combining Sinem's love of Pop beats and song structure with World music influences. "When I Don't Sleep.." will have a place in your collection forever, never aging over time. The album is youthful with its childlike and innocent nature, always restless, never weary, yet brewing with a secret sensuality that is begging to be released.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs way up February 9, 2008
Format:Audio CD
For me, the music has always been the thing. Lyrics are secondary and can not make or break a song but should be equal to it.
Sinem Saniye's maiden CD, `When I Don't Sleep' is a remarkable collection of lovely melodies, even lovelier refrains and irresistible rhythms. So much so, one feels compelled to learn just what's on her mind. Focusing on lyrics, for a change, I discovered someone both thoughtful and amorous, someone willing to play but not averse to sharing painful intimacies.
`I'll Confide' celebrates a personal journey from inhibiting self-doubt to renewed hope. While keeping it light musically and lyrically, Sinem confesses regret that so much of life that could have been hers, that should have been hers is gone. This realization fosters a determination to shove fears aside and, with heart in hand, `catch up' and `go along for the ride.'
With `Baba Bossa,' Sinem pays homage to a profound musical inspiration in her life. Brazilian guitarist and songwriter Antonio Jobim combined American Jazz with the Rio Samba and created Bossa Nova, a rhythm indisputably suited to her evocative style. This beautiful paean glides smoothly along, punctuated with euphonic Portuguese lyrics. Ever the amorist, Sinem muses. She wonders if the instant love she experienced for this music upon her first encounter with it might have been the same feeling her own father felt when he first gazed down into her eyes.
The angry plaint `Outsider' pulls no punches and delivers a straight-forward message. This Turkish-American girl scolds all of us for our xenophobia. While Sinem has embraced bother her ancestral heritage and American identity with open arms, she senses in others, everywhere, a holding back, a qualified acceptance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WHOA, SINEM! NELLIE'S 'SCARED OF YOU'... October 6, 2008
Format:Audio CD
People do ask, 'Who does she sound like?' Though a benign query, music is deeply personal and born of passion... a `mind, body and soul' kind of thing. So let's massage the question a bit. 'Does she remind you of anyone?' That is a little better.
Having digested Nellie Furtado's three albums, most recently the 2000 smash hit 'Whoa, Nellie!', I am convinced it is she, among established stars, Sinem Saniye (When I Don't Sleep..') most resembles. Both are upper-range lyric sopranos who possess evocative styles that compliment seamlessly the Latin rhythms they love. Essentially, they are contemporary folk singers.
Of equal significance, each of these singer/song-writers offer a sound richly infused by her exotic cultural heritage. While I read there are those who 'don't dig it', I, for one, greatly appreciate young artists showing the character and wisdom to fully express such assets...particularly since it works so well. Nellie liberally displays Brazilian and Portuguese influences, while Sinem adopts them both but adds traditional Turkish intonations o create hypnotic olio.
At this point as performers, there is a notable contrast. Nellie's stardom and drift towards R&B forces her out into big stage arenas. She certainly has the pipes for it, but sometimes appears awkward and uncomfortable. Sinem, working mainly in clubs, is disarmingly natural. A demure charmer, she draws the audience in to share her joys and sorrows. They care about her and it is a sweet experience.
Finally, for those Sinem fans who do not see it, listen to 'Scared of You' (my favorite from 'Whoa, Nellie!' At times on this song, the similarities between the two are so obvious, I am tempted to suggest Sinem cover it. My guess is her overall softer tone would capture the tearful threnody beautifully.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love the album December 30, 2013
By Ame880
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
Sinem's voice is so pleasing and the music is great. I'm a big fan and I'm looking forward to her making it big! :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such a talented and creative singer March 24, 2013
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This albumn was well worth my money, Sinem's creativeness through her singing and production can mesmerize...

There is an overall theme/concept to the albumn, which revolves around the title "When I Don't Sleep". there are recurring themes in most of the songs but each one still maintains its uniqueness, whilst having smooth pop/jazz influenced instrumentals. Sinem's original language is Turkish, but her main use of the English language through her songs add a certain uniqueness to her music. Not to mention her vocals are well formed and her voice is very pleasant to listen to.
This is an incredibly enjoyable albumn.

Favourite tracks:
Boom Sheke Nana
A Certain Kind of Lovely,
In My Slumber
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't Live Up To The Hype May 13, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I love world music (even before it was called that), and when I heard the review of this CD on my local University Radio station, I said to myself: "I must have it". According to the music critic, Sinem Saniye combined an Oriental beat (she is Turkish) with the Brazillian rythms. Nothing farther from the truth. She could be the Turkish version of an American Idol winner slushing out meaningless pop. I was looking for something with a real authentic flavor and instead, I got a westernized product. She probably believes it's the only way she could gain acceptance in the Occidental market. That is not so. Yussou N'Dour sings in his own language (I think it's Senegalese, but I'm not sure) and he has attained world recognition.
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