Plenty of beauty here
Pieter | Johannesburg | 09/03/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Judging by the quality of the songs here, this album will forever remain in my top 10 best albums in all genres. Siberry sings about love, loneliness and nature in a most moving way in a style entirely her own.
The songs are infused with a spiritual quality, from the soaring Bound By The Beauty, to the yearning Something About Trains and Everything Reminds Me Of My Dog, including the brilliantly evocative Hockey where the swear words do not detract from this spirituality at all.
Everything ... is the most experimental piece here, The Life Is The Red Wagon is a beautiful ballad, and the jazzy Are We Dancing Now? is the third instalment of Maps Of The World I (No Borders Here) and Map II (The Speckless Sky).
Graceful melodies, poetic lyrics and her crystal voice make Bound By The Beauty a true classic, on a par with When I Was A Boy. Siberry plays guitar and piano, and additional guitar, piano, accordion, bass and drums make up the rest of this heavenly sound. I bless the day I discovered the musical vision of Jane Siberry.
Swell, and spell-checked !
Sheldon Sturges | Needtoknowbasis, US, eh | 07/15/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of Jane's most accessible releases, I think, and it has a lot of great stuff on it. Some other punters are not as impressed with Jane's vocal mannerisms as I am, but that's no big deal; you either get into this kind of music, or you don't. "The Valley" is a gorgeous tune, and even fellow Canuck chanteuse k d lang liked it enough to do a cover version of it (k d also covers the lovely "Love is Everything" on her "Hymns of the 49th Parallel" record), but Jane's original version is prettier, more haunting & ethereal. What else can I say aboot this record ? It's swell, and Jane even drops the "F" bomb on the very endearing "Hockey," one of the better songs aboot our national sport.
Buy it, asap."
Jsquared | Canada | 12/07/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a fabulous album. It seems to move along at an ever increasing speed, through the humerous "Everything Reminds Me of My Dog" and "I Coulda Been Miss Punta Blanca" to the incredibly musical "Are We Dancing" finale. The latter combines a strange languidness with a feverish sense of racing toward a climax. Beautiful, beautiful CD. One of the all time favourites in my collection."