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Fragile Beauty

Huong Thanh & Nguyên Lê

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For sheer melodic and timbral beauty, there are few languages that can match Vietnamese -- like most tonal languages, it sounds like it's being sung even when it's being spoken, and the effect is like a series of delicate, tuned gongs being struck quickly in sequence. The language's inherent lyricism brings an added layer of complexity and beauty to the traditional and dramatic Vietnamese song repertoire, and on this album vocalist Huong Thanh adds yet another layer to those song traditions by teaming up with guitarist, producer, and arranger Nguyên Lê. Lê's arrangements are varied in tone and texture, but almost all are both strange and wonderful, and his guitar solos are exquisite. On "Weaving & Awaiting" there's a gorgeous moment at the end of his solo when Thanh's vocals come back in, but multi-tracked in close harmony; "Plantation Song" flows gently in a jazzy style; "The Swallows' Bridge" features lovely counterpoint between a Japanese koto and a fretless electric bass, over which dances a cool and complex horn chart. Perhaps the album's most beautiful track is the final one, "Tales of the Mountain," on which funky beats bump up against a gentle arrangement, tastefully restrained guitar, and Thanh's otherworldly voice. It's one of the most softly impressive songs on an album that is full of both sweet melodic beauty and subtly dense complexity. Very highly recommended.
© Rick Anderson /TiVo

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1
Drifting On The Water
Nguyên Lê
00:03:48

Nguyen Le, Composer, Performer - Huong Thanh, Performer

2007 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co.KG 2007 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co.KG

2
Weaving & Awaiting
Nguyên Lê
00:05:58

Nguyen Le, Composer, Performer - Huong Thanh, Performer

2007 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co.KG 2007 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co.KG

3
Faithfulness
Nguyên Lê
00:03:40

Nguyen Le, Composer, Performer - Huong Thanh, Composer, Performer - Mieko Miyazaki, Composer

2007 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co.KG 2007 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co.KG

4
Plantation Song
Nguyên Lê
00:04:22

Nguyen Le, Composer, Performer - Nguyên Van-Hong, Lyricist - Huong Thanh, Performer

2007 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co.KG 2007 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co.KG

5
The Five Calls Of The Night
Nguyên Lê
00:05:03

Nguyen Le, Composer, Performer - Huong Thanh, Performer

2007 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co.KG 2007 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co.KG

6
Fragile Beauty
Nguyên Lê
00:05:13

Nguyen Le, Composer, Performer - Huong Thanh, Performer

2007 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co.KG 2007 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co.KG

7
Rowing The Sampan
Nguyên Lê
00:03:18

Nguyen Le, Composer, Performer - Huong Thanh, Performer

2007 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co.KG 2007 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co.KG

8
The Pavillon Of Crystallized Azure
Nguyên Lê
00:04:54

Nguyen Le, Composer, Performer - Huong Thanh, Composer, Performer - Mieko Miyazaki, Composer

2007 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co.KG 2007 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co.KG

9
At Dusk, From The West Balcony
Nguyên Lê
00:04:19

Nguyên Van Hong, Lyricist - Nguyen Le, Composer, Performer - Huong Thanh, Performer, Lyricist

2007 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co.KG 2007 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co.KG

10
Go Cong Blues
Nguyên Lê
00:03:58

Nguyen Le, Composer, Performer - Nguyên Van-Hong, Lyricist - Huong Thanh, Composer, Performer - Renaud Garcia-Fons, Composer

2007 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co.KG 2007 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co.KG

11
The Swallow's Bridge
Nguyên Lê
00:06:23

Nguyên Van-Hong, Lyricist - Nguyen Le, Composer, Performer - Huong Thanh, Performer

2007 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co.KG 2007 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co.KG

12
Tales Of The Mountain
Nguyên Lê
00:07:19

Huong Thanh, Performer, Lyricist - Nguyen Le, Composer, Performer

2007 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co.KG 2007 ACT Music + Vision GmbH + Co.KG

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For sheer melodic and timbral beauty, there are few languages that can match Vietnamese -- like most tonal languages, it sounds like it's being sung even when it's being spoken, and the effect is like a series of delicate, tuned gongs being struck quickly in sequence. The language's inherent lyricism brings an added layer of complexity and beauty to the traditional and dramatic Vietnamese song repertoire, and on this album vocalist Huong Thanh adds yet another layer to those song traditions by teaming up with guitarist, producer, and arranger Nguyên Lê. Lê's arrangements are varied in tone and texture, but almost all are both strange and wonderful, and his guitar solos are exquisite. On "Weaving & Awaiting" there's a gorgeous moment at the end of his solo when Thanh's vocals come back in, but multi-tracked in close harmony; "Plantation Song" flows gently in a jazzy style; "The Swallows' Bridge" features lovely counterpoint between a Japanese koto and a fretless electric bass, over which dances a cool and complex horn chart. Perhaps the album's most beautiful track is the final one, "Tales of the Mountain," on which funky beats bump up against a gentle arrangement, tastefully restrained guitar, and Thanh's otherworldly voice. It's one of the most softly impressive songs on an album that is full of both sweet melodic beauty and subtly dense complexity. Very highly recommended.
© Rick Anderson /TiVo

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