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This Is Where Our Hearts Collide


  • 1. For All the Marbles
    2. Halo
    3. Fine Lines
    4. Stitches
    5. Blood & Marrow
    6. Over the Trenches
    7. Fathers & Sons
    8. Firefly
    9. Sway
    10. Easy Prey
    11. Heart Tremor
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 37

  • Credits
    ProducerOve Andersson
    EngineerOve Andersson

    Amandine: John Andersson, Olof Gidlof, Andres Hedstrom, Andreas Bergqvist.
    Personnel: Olof Gidlf (vocals, guitar, lap steel guitar, banjo, mandolin); Ulf Andrn, Findis Kristinsdottir (violin); Anna Harju (viola); Kenneth Johansson (trumpet); Nils Odelstam (trombone); Ove Andersson (organ, Mellotron); Mattias Punkarsvine Bengtsson (percussion); Kerstin Vikstrm, Andreas Hedstrm (background vocals).
    Audio Mixer: Ove Andersson.
    Recording information: Maraccas Studio, Gavle, Sweden (04/2005-05/2005).
    When you're a bunch of smart, deep-thinking guys trying to work in pop music, you have to walk kind of a thin line: it's the line between being intriguingly sensitive and being off-puttingly wimpy or solipsistic. Amandine is a Swedish band heavily influenced by American folk music and alt-country, and they walk that line on their pretty but occasionally frustrating debut album. That is to say, they walk it like someone submitting to a roadside intoxication test -- keeping a generally straight trajectory but sometimes wobbling off course before correcting themselves. Instrumentally, the band's sound is slow and soporific -- not exactly lazy, but not entirely committed either. Imagine a less-energized version of the Cowboy Junkies' Trinity Session and you'll get the idea. Unfortunately, singer Olof Gidlf doesn't have anything approaching Margo Timmins' charisma; where she sounds quietly intense, Gidlf sounds like he's trying valiantly to stay awake. It's an approach that works nicely on "Halo" (especially when the strings come in) and maybe a bit less well on the more aimless "Fathers & Sons." When the band starts more or less rocking out on the album's final track, the effect is so startling that it's really kind of thrilling. Kind of. Recommended to sensitive guys everywhere and to the girls who love them. ~ Rick Anderson

  • Critic Reviews
    Uncut (p.106) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]heir country-folk is dimly lit, extra shadows courtesy of lonely harmonica and eerie female vocals."
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