Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, World Music, Pop
Oi Dai is the album that catapulted Värttinä to international fame, a meaty, beaty, big, and bouncy collection of Finnish folk tunes driven by the polyphonic Finno-Ugric harmonies of the female singers and the sprightly,... more »
Oi Dai is the album that catapulted Värttinä to international fame, a meaty, beaty, big, and bouncy collection of Finnish folk tunes driven by the polyphonic Finno-Ugric harmonies of the female singers and the sprightly, acoustic picking of their backing band. The album kicks in with Marilaulu, a sprightly hoe-down driven by an effervescent pennywhistle, thumping bassline, and the charming, slightly dissonant vocals of the band's five frontwomen. If the Bulgarian Women's Choir was backed by Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys, they might sound something like Värttinä. Several tunes here are based on bawdy folk tunes, which may partly explain the album's staggering popularity--within weeks of its release it became the biggest selling folk music album in the history of the Finnish music business. --j. poet
FINNISH FOLK MUSIC AT ITS BEST
H. R. Williams | Asheville, NC USA | 04/05/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first heard VARTTINA on the NORDIC ROOTS 2 cd and was hooked by their unique female voices and the wonderful instruments that backs them up. Every cd of their's that I listen to is a sonic revelation. VARTTINA has successfully fused ancient FINNO-UGRIC words and melodies with the best of modern musical expression. WOW! I cannot stop listening to them. They make me smile all day with their bouncy tunes and the poetic lyrics (in Finnish). And wait till you hear the accordion players. Long live VARTTINA."
Beware of buying CD's based on a single song.
P. Russo | 05/24/1999
(2 out of 5 stars)
"If you are going to buy this CD based on the < Oi Dai> song, you will be somewhat disappointed. The only tracks that live up to the moving power of the < Oi Dai> are and maybe . Definitely listen to the samples before purchasing this CD."
A beautiful peek at the Karelian tradition.
P. Russo | 12/04/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)
"One of the best-selling Finnish albums ever, and one of the most important albums in the geneology of the current Skandinavian world-music craze, Varttina's Oi Dai is an essential piece of work which (along with the follw-up album Seleniko) displays a more organic side of this world-renowned group. The production is in many places lacking, but the sheer UMPH of such tracks as Miinan Laula, Ukko Luomi (which is better originally, I think, than the Hector Zazou version), and Tupa Taynna Tuppasuita is undeniable. It may also be the only American release album (again, besides Seleniko) in which the band's tenet of singing lyrics in the line of Karelian folk tradition does not at any time seem...a bit out of place. Definitely something worth checking out."