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Fairytale Single, Import

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 26, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single, Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B0029QTBXA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #904,838 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This CD is a great mix of ballads, beautiful violin, and more pop-style music. Fairytales--the name of the CD and one of its songs, is what got Alexander first place in the Eurovision concert in Moscow 2009. Alexander, at only 23 wrote the words and the melody and performed the song with his violin and his own singing. He is very talented and exhibits his beautiful voice and amazing violin playing skills in every song.

Kiss and Tell and Roll with the Wind have a little more beat and are similar to Fairytales (to my untrained ear, at least). Funny Little World, Abandoned, and Horses are more of ballads and have beautiful words and music.

The last 2 bonus tracks are instrumentals and very well played. Anyone who likes Fairytales will LOVE the rest of this CD, each of the songs is beautiful and there are no fluffy filler songs.
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Just in case you don't know anything about him, Alexander Rybak was the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009. The annual Eurovision Song Contest is one of the most watched television shows on earth except in the United States where it is fairly unknown and its main influence was when ABBA won in 1974. Alexander Rybak was a surprise winner in Moscow. Norway had only won twice before (in 1995 and 1985, both with Rolf Lovland of Secret Garden), and as a small country is never heavily favored. His music and the relatively small nature of his presentation also seemed counterintuitive to Eurovision where most acts tend towards big, glitzy Vegas-style presentations with a disco beat though in more recent years some acts have been in more of an Enya vein.

Alexander's music, as clearly shown on this disc, tends more towards folk music, particularly Eastern European folk music. He accompanies himself on the violin with other musicians not onstage. He was accompanied in the contest by three male dancers and two female singers who only did some brief wordless vocals. All of this is very low key for Eurovision. It probably helped that he is half Byelorussian as well as Norwegian and spoke fluent Russian in the year the show was in Moscow. But the freshness and originality of the music also had a big influence as well as the fact that he is a very personable performer whose enthusiasm is contagious. He not only won, but by the highest score ever attained to that point.

The winning song was "Fairy Tale" and is featured on this, his first album.The album is true to Alexander and his style of songwriting, and in fact he wrote every vocal song on the album. he's not the product of producers and marketers but a genuine artist and musician.
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First of all, lets get the obvious out of the way: Alexander Rybak is an instant-star in Europe, after the biggest victory in history, in the very popular yearly Eurovision Song Contest (recent years have seen figures of viewers quoted from 100 to 600 million).

The title-song is very catchy (some may argue annoyingly so), and with multi-cultural influence appealed to audiences all over Europe.

Mr. Rybak is a very accomplished violinist and showman. The songs on the cd vary, but my main objections are that the lyrics in part are not very strong, and also his English accent comes through a bit strong sometimes.

That said, I think people with an open mind will enjoy this cd - I certainly did. It has a mix of catchy tunes (#1 is very good), as well as some quiet songs as well. (Personally, I like 13 horses which is quite sad, but very beautiful).
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I watched Eurovision last year and when I heard the sing 'Fairytales" I was amazed by his talent. But sadly I live in Texas not Europe or Norway, so I have to pay alot of money for a CD, hopefully my family in Spain can just send me it. But if not I would buy it here, because I just love his songs. (Especially "Funny Little World" and "Roll With the Wind".)
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Eurovision 2009 introduced me to this performer. He deservedly won. This album presents 10 tracks which are good examples of his abilities. One track is a solo for violin. Another favourite is "13 Horses". "Fairytale" is the hit song from Eurovision. I can listen to it over and over. It has a quality that combines old and modern Russia.
I am surprised he is not more popular in my country, considering the supposed talent we are force fed by our media.
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The young Alexander Rybak proves he's worthy of winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 (which he won with a record high score). Fairytale is gorgoeus and excellently performed, his voice is seducing and his violin a treat for the ears, the rest just falls into place. This raising star deserves all the praises his getting, being the complete and talented artist he proved to be.
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I just ordered the CD and cannot wait to receive it. I watched this year's Eurovision competition and can say without reservation that the music, the lyrics, and the singing of this young artist are just beautiful. You can tell Alexander loves what he does. I enjoyed Fairytale and have listed to it many times. Cannot wait to hear the other songs. I would agree with the other reviewer that perhaps this style of music is not terribly popular in the US but that does not detract from Alexander's musical talents or the beauty of the music.
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