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The multilingual Norweigan singer-songwriter Silje Nergaard (who first established herself as a jazz singer at the age of 16 after joining an impromptu jam session with Jaco Pastorious) has assembled a "concept album" composed of two sessions with divergent production styles. Part one of this sprawling project — Japanese Blue — is Nergaard revisiting her greatest hits in spare, striking arrangements with just acoustic piano accompaniment from Espen Berg. Sonically, the high-resolution recording here captures a crisp, detailed, natural musicality. Older songs like "Be Still My Heart," and the superb "Based on a Thousand True Stories" clearly benefit from her years of interpretation and live performance. She also adds a wonderful sad tinge to Freddie Mercury's "Love of My Life," and turns in a credible performance of the Louis Armstrong hit, "What a Wonderful World."

Hamar Railway Station, the second set, is eight new songs recorded with an electric band where she sings in English (with an assist from longtime lyricist partner Mike McGurk) before repeating it in Norwegian. Recorded in a punchier, synth-led style, in which Andreas Ulvo's minimoog and Fender Rhodes add welcome textures, the full band bounce and layered backing vocals in songs like "Train of Fragile Hearts" and "The Night Traveller" make for bright, 80's soft rock that speak of love and hurt while eschewing much innovation or edginess. Which session represents Nergaard's true calling? Or is she a multi-faceted artist covering bases? The contrasts on Silje Nergaard pose intriguing questions. © Robert Baird/Qobuz

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1
Be Still My Heart Acoustic Version
00:05:53

Espen Berg, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Silje Nergaard, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike McGurk, Composer, Lyricist - Michael Hartung, Engineer - Morgan Nicolaysen, Mastering Engineer - Silje Nergaard & Espen Berg, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

2
Based on a Thousand True Stories Acoustic Version
00:05:56

Espen Berg, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Silje Nergaard, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike McGurk, Composer, Lyricist - Michael Hartung, Engineer - Morgan Nicolaysen, Mastering Engineer - Silje Nergaard & Espen Berg, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

3
The Waltz Acoustic Version
00:04:03

Espen Berg, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Silje Nergaard, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike McGurk, Composer, Lyricist - Michael Hartung, Engineer - Morgan Nicolaysen, Mastering Engineer - Silje Nergaard & Espen Berg, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

4
I Don't Wanna See You Cry Acoustic Version
00:05:21

Espen Berg, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Silje Nergaard, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike McGurk, Composer, Lyricist - Michael Hartung, Engineer - Morgan Nicolaysen, Mastering Engineer - Silje Nergaard & Espen Berg, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

5
Mercy Street Acoustic Version
00:05:16

Espen Berg, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Gabriel, Composer, Lyricist - Silje Nergaard, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Hartung, Engineer - Morgan Nicolaysen, Mastering Engineer - Silje Nergaard & Espen Berg, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

6
Lullaby to Erle Acoustic Version
00:05:09

Espen Berg, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Silje Nergaard, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike McGurk, Composer, Lyricist - Nils Einar Vinjor, Composer, Lyricist - Michael Hartung, Engineer - Morgan Nicolaysen, Mastering Engineer - Silje Nergaard & Espen Berg, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

7
Love of My Life Acoustic Version
00:04:05

Espen Berg, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Freddie Mercury, Composer, Lyricist - Silje Nergaard, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Hartung, Engineer - Morgan Nicolaysen, Mastering Engineer - Silje Nergaard & Espen Berg, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

8
Japanese Blue Acoustic Version
00:06:23

Espen Berg, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Silje Nergaard, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike McGurk, Composer, Lyricist - Michael Hartung, Engineer - Morgan Nicolaysen, Mastering Engineer - Silje Nergaard & Espen Berg, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

9
En Og En Acoustic Version
00:05:11

Kristin A. Sandberg, Lyricist - Espen Berg, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Silje Nergaard, Composer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Hartung, Engineer - Morgan Nicolaysen, Mastering Engineer - Silje Nergaard & Espen Berg, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

10
What a Wonderful World Acoustic Version
00:05:44

Espen Berg, Piano - GEORGE DAVID WEISS, Composer, Lyricist - Silje Nergaard, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Thiele, Composer, Lyricist - Michael Hartung, Engineer - Morgan Nicolaysen, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

11
Jeg Vil Takke Livet  Acoustic Version
00:04:55

Kristin A. Sandberg, Composer, Lyricist - Espen Berg, Piano - Silje Nergaard, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Violeta Parra, Composer, Lyricist - Michael Hartung, Engineer - Morgan Nicolaysen, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

DISC 2

1
Next Stop Hamar
00:01:23

Silje Nergaard, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hartung, Mixing Engineer - Wetle Holte, Composer, Producer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

2
The Train Now Standing
00:05:43

Silje Nergaard, Composer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hartung, Mixing Engineer - Mike McGurk, Lyricist - Wetle Holte, Producer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

3
Never Happier Than This
00:04:15

Silje Nergaard, Composer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hartung, Mixing Engineer - Mike McGurk, Lyricist - Wetle Holte, Producer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

4
Departure Times
00:03:48

Silje Nergaard, Composer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hartung, Mixing Engineer - Mike McGurk, Lyricist - Wetle Holte, Producer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

5
The Railway Girl
00:06:41

Silje Nergaard, Composer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hartung, Mixing Engineer - Mike McGurk, Lyricist - Wetle Holte, Producer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

6
Waiting Room
00:05:04

Silje Nergaard, Composer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hartung, Mixing Engineer - Mike McGurk, Lyricist - Wetle Holte, Producer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

7
Train of Fragile Hearts 
00:03:49

Silje Nergaard, Composer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hartung, Mixing Engineer - Mike McGurk, Lyricist - Wetle Holte, Producer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

8
The Night Traveller
00:03:33

Silje Nergaard, Composer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hartung, Mixing Engineer - Mike McGurk, Lyricist - Wetle Holte, Producer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

9
Neste stopp Hamar
00:01:23

Silje Nergaard, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hartung, Mixing Engineer - Wetle Holte, Composer, Producer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

10
Perrong
00:05:43

Trygve Skaug, Lyricist - Silje Nergaard, Composer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hartung, Mixing Engineer - Wetle Holte, Producer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

11
Ennå underveis
00:04:15

Kristin A. Sandberg, Lyricist - Silje Nergaard, Composer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hartung, Mixing Engineer - Wetle Holte, Producer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

12
Avgang
00:03:48

Kristin A. Sandberg, Lyricist - Silje Nergaard, Composer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hartung, Mixing Engineer - Wetle Holte, Producer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

13
Togjenta
00:06:41

Trygve Skaug, Lyricist - Silje Nergaard, Composer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hartung, Mixing Engineer - Wetle Holte, Producer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

14
Tiden det tar
00:05:04

Kristin A. Sandberg, Lyricist - Silje Nergaard, Composer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hartung, Mixing Engineer - Wetle Holte, Producer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

15
Et lite Rykk
00:03:49

Trygve Skaug, Lyricist - Silje Nergaard, Composer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hartung, Mixing Engineer - Wetle Holte, Producer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

16
Nattoget
00:03:33

Silje Nergaard, Composer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mike Hartung, Mixing Engineer - Ole Paus, Lyricist - Wetle Holte, Producer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

Album Description

The multilingual Norweigan singer-songwriter Silje Nergaard (who first established herself as a jazz singer at the age of 16 after joining an impromptu jam session with Jaco Pastorious) has assembled a "concept album" composed of two sessions with divergent production styles. Part one of this sprawling project — Japanese Blue — is Nergaard revisiting her greatest hits in spare, striking arrangements with just acoustic piano accompaniment from Espen Berg. Sonically, the high-resolution recording here captures a crisp, detailed, natural musicality. Older songs like "Be Still My Heart," and the superb "Based on a Thousand True Stories" clearly benefit from her years of interpretation and live performance. She also adds a wonderful sad tinge to Freddie Mercury's "Love of My Life," and turns in a credible performance of the Louis Armstrong hit, "What a Wonderful World."

Hamar Railway Station, the second set, is eight new songs recorded with an electric band where she sings in English (with an assist from longtime lyricist partner Mike McGurk) before repeating it in Norwegian. Recorded in a punchier, synth-led style, in which Andreas Ulvo's minimoog and Fender Rhodes add welcome textures, the full band bounce and layered backing vocals in songs like "Train of Fragile Hearts" and "The Night Traveller" make for bright, 80's soft rock that speak of love and hurt while eschewing much innovation or edginess. Which session represents Nergaard's true calling? Or is she a multi-faceted artist covering bases? The contrasts on Silje Nergaard pose intriguing questions. © Robert Baird/Qobuz

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