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Reply to "Bic Runga's Beautiful Collision - hit or miss?"

Actually, while I can understand why folks here so far have said the things they've said about Beautiful Collision, I disagree, and really like it....let me explain.

I heard somewhere that Bic had her entire 2nd album recorded and ready to go, then scrapped it and re-recorded it because she wasn't happy with it and thought it was too commercial. Right there, she earned major artistic credibility with me, and we would have bought it immediately regardless of reviews.

This album does not seem (at least for me) to be about maturity as much as it's about experimenting stylistically and working with people she's really respected over the years (d. Dobbyn, N. Finn, S. Steinberg). Some of the styles I heard were celtic, old standard, and alternative...whereas in my opinion her first album would classify almost solely as acoustic rock.

To me, her willingness to venture in those unlikely directions suggests maturity in itself; the experiments meet with an equal degree of success and failure, but I'm really glad she tried...I thought maybe that's WHY it was called "Beautiful Collision." She makes no bones about having a musical identity crisis, because she spends the CD trying on different hats, some of which fit, some which don't.

I thought that one song where she croons "go to her, foolish man" has great words, and that NF and DD were buried WAY too far down in the mix (like hanging the Van Gogh behind the refrigerator) to justify their involvement. Get Some Sleep is really catchy, and there were 3 total "catchy ones" I counted...but I don't have it on me right now to review the tracks or the words.

Anyway....cha-ching...there go my two cents. Wink
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