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Varttina / Miero
Album:Miero Collection:World
Artist:Varttina Added:01/2006
Label:Realworld Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2006-02-19 Pull Date:2006-04-23 Charts:Reggae/World
Week Ending:23 Apr16 Apr9 Apr2 Apr19 Mar12 Mar5 Mar26 Feb

Recent Airplay
1.Wed, 12 Jul 17:Decca
At the Cafe Bohemian
4.Tue, 06 Jan 09:Decca
At the Cafe Bohemian
2.Wed, 05 Apr 17:Decca
At the Cafe Bohemian
5.Tue, 29 May 07:Edwin and Jenn
Lost and Found
3.Wed, 08 Mar 17:Decca
Women of the World
6.Tue, 31 Oct 06:Decca
At the Cafe Bohemian

Album Review
Reviewed 2006-02-14 
The Finnish band is known for its tight female vocal harmonies and serious playing of (mostly) traditional instruments by the men. On this release, the sound is decidedly dark. Even when the tempo is fast there’s a creepy thread throughout. The lyrics (don’t miss reading the translations – they’re freaky!) are also pitch black, (“my loathing drips blood, my pain slashes, curses, drenches with pus”). It’s oddly compelling – like toe-tapping dirges sung by the ship’s band on the boat to hell. Strangely beautiful, but I’m scared. Hold me.

*1. Fast and dark w/a great sound that sucks you in.
2. More relaxed, nice strings w/a lazy darkness.
*3. Mostly midtempo w/a solid drive. Crazily whining.
4. Contemporary folk rock, driving, ominous.
5. Slow opening. Gets midtempo & almost pretty.
6. A capella voices, relaxed, a nasal sound. Can lead right into #7.
7. Midtempo, strong beat, rock-influenced folk.
*8. Relaxed & sad, gets midtempo. Great harmonies. Tragic.
9. Slow and stately w/an almost medieval sound. Sort of sadly lovely
*10. Unexpectedly jazzy. Upbeat, twisting, cool.
11. Mid/uptempo instrumental. Not as dark as some.
*12. Percolating a capella voices. Midtempo. It’s a hex, it must be!
13. Sweet fem vox. Gets dark, midtempo w/a touch of jazz.

Track Listing
1.Riena (Anathema) 7.Mierontie (Path Of The Outcast)
2.Valhe (The Lie) 8.Mustat Kengat (Black Shoes)
3.Mataleena 9.Lupaus (The Promise)
4.Synti (The Sin) 10.Lumotar (The Enchantress)
5.Maaria 11.9 Lukkoa (9 Locks)
6.Miero (Outcast) 12.Eerama
 13.Vaiten Valvoin (I Lay Awake)