Silje Nergaard - At First Light (2001) separate FLACs, scans, audiochecker log
Label: Universal Classics
At First Light presents Norway's jazz answer to Britney Spears in a narrow stylistic ambit that is informed more by backward glances to 60s casual music than jazz, pop, rock or soul/funk. This is music that can safely be played in airports and can accompany intimate evenings over a good bottle of wine in a riverside penthouse. Nergaard has written around two-thirds of the material here (lyrics by Mike McGurk) and it is all ingratiatingly well joined-up. Her choice of covers includes "Let There Be Love", "Two Sleepy People" and "Blame It On The Sun", but she brings little of character to the songs, preferring to blend them into her overall chilled-out approach. The instrumental arrangements are well-mannered, transparent and spare, her regular piano-bass-drums acoustic trio supplemented here and there by a small brass section, or a solo guitar or (on occasions) a string and horn section. The sleeve artwork is smart and minimal: attractive in its own up-to-the-moment designer way--as is the album. --Keith Shadwick
Seventh album by Norwegian jazz singer/songwriter hugely successful in her home country. A wholly contemporary set of songs, rich in melody and harmony and infused with elements of pop and soul, delivered in Nergaard's sweet, clear vocal style. Co-produced by Nergaard and noted jazz guitarist GeorgWadenius, the album features a guest appearance by trumpeter Arve Henriksen.