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Beginner's Guide to Scandinavia [Box]

    1. Egentlig en Danser [Norway] - Kari Bremnes
    2. Alkohol [Sweden] - Lars Demian
    3. Strange Love [Sweden/Norway] - Koop - (featuring Hilde Louise Asbjornsen)
    4. Innan Allt Frsvinner [Sweden] - Bo Kaspers Orkester
    5. Aletta [Finland] - Vuokko Hovatta
    6. Theater Island [Iceland] - Soley
    7. Samba Fr Pomperipossa [Sweden] - Cornelis Vreeswijk
    8. Working Man's Song [Sweden/UK] - House of Trees
    9. En _u Varst vintyr [Iceland] - Pascal Pinon
    10. To Let Myself Go [Norway] - Ane Brun
    11. Birrat Birra [Norway/Finland] - Niko Valkeap
    12. Seersken [Denmark/Faroe Islands] - Valravn
    13. Kaluaja [Finland] - Kimmo Pohjonen
    0. DISC 2: FOLK & ROOTS:
    1. Mn Mdir [Faroe Islands] - Eivor Plsdttir (live)
    2. Auringonlunta [Finland] - Kiila
    3. Tuulen Nostatus [Finland] - Sanna Kurki-Suonio
    4. Rven [Sweden/Finland] - Hedningarna
    5. Pivn Nousu Nostajani [Finland] - Vrttin
    6. Myrskylintu [Finland] - Markku Lepist
    7. I Fjol [Finland] - Maria Kalaniemi
    8. Gta [Norway] - Sigrid Moldestad
    9. Der Stode Tre Skalke [Denmark] - Morild
    10. Hfan Dyra [Iceland] - Anna Palina/Draupner
    11. Mallebrok [Denmark] - Phonix
    12. Samu [Sweden] - Boot
    13. Korstog [Norway] - Annbjorg Lien
    1. Stilla [Sweden] - Bazar Bla
    2. Mrbl [Norway] - Karl Seglem
    3. Bak Vaker Verda [Norway] - Unni Lovlid
    4. Judas Bolero [Excerpt] [Sweden/Norway] - Lars Danielsson - (featuring Nils Petter Molvaer/Bugge Wesseltoft)
    5. Fading Sun [Norway] - Terje Isungset
    6. Aallot Ja net [Finland] - Islaja
    7. Heimkoma [Iceland] - Agnar Mr Magnsson
    8. Sng Frn Andra Vningen [Sweden] - Benny Andersson's Orkester
    9. Vals Til Hans [Norway] - Gjermund Larsen
    10. From Gargarin's Point Of View [Sweden] - Esbjrn Svensson Trio
    11. High Five [Denmark] - Henrik Andersen
    12. Gierran [Finland] - Wimme
    13. Ds Aiggun Cuozzut [Norway/Russia] - Mari Boine - (featuring Sergey Starostin/Inna Zhelannaya)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): NABOX079

  • Credits

    Split into three areas (pop and contemporary, folk and roots, and jazz, experimental, and atmospheric) this budget collection is an excellent primer to the range and different styles of Nordic music. The boundaries between different genres are fluid, and the pop isn't in the obvious chart style, but more mature and considered, exemplified by Kari Bremnes, the Gainsbourg-Waits gravel of Lars Demian, and the folktronica of Valravn; it's as much dance music as folk, and that leads neatly into this roots CD, which contains many of the expected names, like Eivor and Vrttin. But it's with the third disc that there are plenty of surprises, like the sound of Karl Seglem or Terje Isungset, as well as Benny Andersson's Orkester -- yes, the ABBA man -- with something moderately experimental. It finishes with a couple of Sami joikers, "Wimme" and "Mari Boine," showing that even the traditional can be placed in new, daring contexts. This disc won't show you the bland mainstream of Scandinavian music, but by taking the back roads, it opens up a fuller and much more interesting picture. ~ Chris Nickson

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