bill758

Bel Canto - Birds Of Passage bill758

October 3, 2014
referencing Birds Of Passage, CD, Album, RE, X2 13031

So, I'm assuming this North American release was the only one with this particular track sequence--it's almost an inverse of the original European one that presumably was what the band intended. Can ayone shed light on this? I first found this cd in a music shop in the mid-90s and only just now discovered that the track order I know and love wasn't (I'm assuming) what the band originally laid out. How distressing.
redscaretrance

Bel Canto - Birds Of Passage redscaretrance

August 19, 2012
edited over 6 years ago
referencing Birds Of Passage, CD, Album, CRAM 065 CD, CRAM CD 065
If you're a fan of Depeche or the Cocteau Twins, get this; you won't be disappointed. A must have for any fan of that mid-90s sound wherein synthpop and darkwave met and stylishly wept together.

Highlights:
"Intravenous" - Smart, literate, stylish, dark synthpop that's totally unique. A pre-Raphaelite stunner's maiden voice dances lithely between melodies that would sound right at home on "Some Great Reward."

"Birds of Passage" - The first of two danceable tracks on the album (the other being "Continuum" which will slowly grow on you, trust me) and the obvious single. Check out the video for the band looking as serious as a migrant family out of the Old Norse Sagas.

"World Without End" - "mythical, like a dream" (how could I state it better?)

"Oyster" - fairytale female vocals pace deftly between lachrymose, aquatic melodies that conjure a Teutonic Liz Fraser transported to a time before time began.

"Picnic on the Moon" - This is the track we always secretly wanted to hear from Black Tape for a Blue Girl, before Sam Rosenthal ruined it with some baying male voice that made us sorry we'd ever heard a Christian Death tune. This track is an excellent example of the silver beauty of which a genre as grey as darkwave is sometimes capable.
JeanMarcD

Bel Canto - Birds Of Passage as reviewed by JeanMarcD

March 31, 2006
edited over 13 years ago
referencing Birds Of Passage, CD, Album, CRAM 065 CD, CRAM CD 065

Tracking down Geir Jenssens’s earlier work, I ran into this release from "Bel Canto", the band he was part of two decades ago. What a surprise! So recognisable "Biosphere" soundlayers carry the heavenly voice of "Anneli Drecker", mesmerizing you with her theatrical songs, clearly resembling the ethereal work of "Cocteau Twins".
If you are in for a "Microgravity meets Victorialand" you will have an awfully pleasant trip! Bel viaggio!
roth.ritter

Bel Canto - Birds Of Passage roth.ritter

August 25, 2017
referencing Birds Of Passage, CD, Album, CRAM 065 CD, CRAM CD 065
Definitely true, thanks for the tip, I never would have found Biosphere
redscaretrance

Bel Canto - Birds Of Passage redscaretrance

August 19, 2012
referencing Birds Of Passage, CD, Album, CRAM 065 CD, CRAM CD 065
"Microgravity meets Victorialand"

Wow, true. Never saw it like that, but I think that's really dead on.