Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Värttinä - Utu (2012 Finland) @320


I've said and written plenty about the Finnish musical ensemble Värttinä over the past two decades. I still haven't heard any artist or band from the 90s whose music I would rank ahead of theirs, and the band continued strongly into the 00s as well.  The story of Värttinä is one of constant change, though, as members have joined and exited the group at a fairly steady clip.  The band took a very long hiatus after their 2006 release Miero and the subsequent tour, and for a while it did not appear certain that they would return.  But singers Mari Kaasinen, Susan Aho, and Johanna Virtanen have recently regrouped with a mostly reconstituted supporting cast.  Their new album Utu lacks some of the ferocity of previous Värttinä albums, but it is still a fine effort.


01. Ruhverikko (Dark Girl) 3:04    
02. Tuuterin Tyttäret (The Girls From Tuuteri) 3:32    
03. Kaihon Kantaja (The Bearer Of Yearning) 3:52    
04. Vietäviä (For The Taking) 3:03    
05. Utuneito (The Mist Maiden) 3:22    
06. Iloni (My Joy) 3:54    
07. Helleleo 3:06    
08. Vaeltaja (The Wanderer) 3:13    
09. Suruni Suuri (My Great Sorrow) 0:58    
10. Manattu (Conjured By A Seer) 4:17    
Haltija-Suite
11. Kutsu (The Call) 1:27    
12. Haltija (The Elf) 3:17    
13. Tantsu (Dance) 3:05    
14. Haltijan Hallussa (Under The Elf's Spell) 3:41    
15. Uinu (Sleep) 2:22

Mari Kaasinen - Vocals
Susan Aho - Vocals
Johanna Virtanen - Vocals
Hannu Rantanen - Double bass
Matti Kallio - Accordion, keyboards, tin whistles, bansuri
Guests:
Wimme Saari: Vocals (10)
Sakari Kukko: Tenor sax (3), gopi yantra (4). bansuri (5), duduk (8), soprano sax (13)
Kukka Letho: Fiddle
Matti Laitinen: Guitars, bazouk, mandolin, mandocello
Jaska Lukkarinen: Percussion and drum kit


9 comments:

CrimsonKing said...

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Utu (RS)
or
Utu (MF)


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Anonymous said...

Thank you very much. Love this band!

Anonymous said...

This is powerful. Muchas gracias.

Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree more about this record being a bit less exciting than, well, all of their previous records. I accepted the waning of their wild (and complex) 90's records when 'Ilmatar' was released, as that record not only showed maturity but a very brooding and clever side we hadn't seen before. Upon my first two listens to this one it isn't knocking my socks off... but maybe after 20+ years i have just become too accustomed to their virtuosity and anything less than amazing seems like a letdown???
i think i will listen to it again.
Love your blog and hello again from North Carolina

Anonymous said...

Can you please upload Kuutamolla by Loituma. I can't find it anywhere.

CrimsonKing said...

OK. I will :)

Anonymous said...

Can you please upload stuff by Kuunkuiskaajat?

Anonymous said...

Thank you so so so much! Love it!

CrimsonKing said...

NEW LINK:

Utu


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