|All Artists: Bic Runga|
Title: Try to Remember Everything
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Release Date: 3/31/2009
Album Type: Import
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
Try to Remember Everything
2009 release from the extremely talented New Zealand beauty. Following her 2005 album Birds, Try To Remember Everything brings together a collection of unreleased, new and rare Bic Runga recordings from 1996 to 2008. Featu... more »
2009 release from the extremely talented New Zealand beauty. Following her 2005 album Birds, Try To Remember Everything brings together a collection of unreleased, new and rare Bic Runga recordings from 1996 to 2008. Features a brand new song called 'Everybody Must Love' and a new recording of 'Strangers Again' (written and originally recorded by '80s Dunedin band, Sneaky Feelings). 'So much was recorded between these years and it was a great discovery to go through some 30 boxes of sessions that Sony had in storage. I'm glad to have had a look back and a second chance to release these tracks. Many are out takes from the studio records, some are live performances on the radio which I remembered felt good at the time. Some are old demos. All are songs that I'm happy for you to now have in your hands.' - Bic Runga. 14 tracks. Sony BMG.
Elliott | L.A. | 07/03/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have been a Bic Runga fan since I first heard her Beautiful Collision album in 2002. This led me to her debut album, Drive (1997), and, later, Birds (2005). I would give all of these albums five stars. Runga wrote and produced all tracks. She played a variety of instruments.
Runga's voice projects feelings of humility and compassion. Her lyrics are never cynical, never bitter. Another distinctive Runga characteristic is that she clearly enunciates each word as she sings. Most of her songs are tender ballads, but she has proven her rockability, notably on Drive.
She has released a few compilations, including this one. One favorite on Try to Remember Everything is "Blue Blue Heart," taken from a Birds demo session. It reminds me of Donovan's "Wear Your Love Like Heaven." In fact, Runga seems to be something of an ultra feminine version of Donovan--great love ballads mixed with catchy pop tunes.
Another favorite on this album is "Strangers Again," written by Sneaky Feelings drummer Martin Durrant back in the eighties. Sneaky Feelings was a New Zealand band based in Dunedin. I feel that Runga's version of "Strangers Again" could be a global prom-night anthem. The perfect slow-dance tune.
Try to Remember Everything includes recordings from 1996-2008. On the album jacket Runga states, "Many are out takes from studio records, some are live performances on the radio which I remembered felt good at the time. Some are old demos." The only new recording is "Everyone Must Love," which Runga cowrote with Jimmy Messer.
I know Runga is a national treasure in her native New Zealand, and has broken several sales records there. But I've never understood why she is not a superstar in the United States. Surely, if Tom Waits can be "Big in Japan," Bic Runga can be colossal in the United States."
BIC IS GREAT!
Lorenzo Sinibaldi | Rome, Italy | 11/26/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It is a very good collection of songs... your job was all fine! Thank you... Lorenzo"