The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews -

Bal­lads The Idea of North ABC Clas­sics It’s hard to be­lieve all sounds on this record­ing were made by the hu­man voice or body, yet that is in­deed the case. A range of sounds usually cre­ated by in­stru­ments or elec­tron­ics is skil­fully cre­ated by the vo­cal­ists on this mel­low al­bum con­sist­ing of cov­ers of hit songs by Sting, the Bee Gees, Billy Joel, Abba and Cold Chisel, to­gether with some more re­cent works and one 19th-cen­tury piece, Hei­den­roslein by Hein­rich Werner. Take the cheer­ful ren­di­tion of Sting’s Fields of Gold, with Ja­panese guest vo­cal per­cus­sion­ist Kaichiro Ki­ta­mura. Af­ter a solemn, word­less in­tro­duc­tion, the melody bursts into full for­ward mo­tion, gen­tly pushed along with what sounds like in­stru­men­tal ac­com­pa­ni­ment, but it’s ac­tu­ally Ki­ta­mura.

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