Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Vienna Teng--Dreaming Through The Noise (New and Recommended Strongly!)
Album-Dreaming Through The Noise
Release Date-July 25, 2006
Genre/Style-Singer/ Songwriter Adult Alternative Pop/ Rock Folk
Personal Rating-New and Recommended Strongly! I love her. If you want her former two amazing albums, let me know.
Tracks-01. Blue Caravan 02. Whatever You Want 03. Love Turns 40 04. I Don't Feel So Well 05. City Hall 06. Nothing Without You 07. Transcontinental, 1:30AM 08. 1 BR/1 BA 09. Now Three 10. Pontchartrain 11. Recessional
Biography-by Bradley Torreano Reaching the national spotlight at the end of 2002, pianist Vienna Teng had been an important part of the California singer/songwriter scene for a few years before then. A pianist since the age of five, Teng took piano lessons before moving on to improvisation. Writing feverishly throughout her youth, she eventually had a full album's worth of instrumentals by the age of 16. Going to Stanford to further her education, she released an EP while going to school and recorded most of Waking Hour before she graduated. After releasing the record independently and taking it on the road with her, she scored an agreement with Virt Records and got national distribution in the fall of 2002. Comprised of many intimate songs that detailed the issues of a young adult, her music fell between the uptempo approach of Ben Folds and the theatrical chamber pop of Rufus Wainwright. She followed up in early 2004 with the matured and critically-acclaimed effort, Warm Strangers, which charted on three separate Billboard charts. Touring with musicians like Joan Osbourne, Shawn Colvin and Patty Griffin over the years, Teng next hooked up with producer Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Madeleine Peyroux) for her next album. Collaborating with various musicians, Dreaming Through the Noise issued in July 2006. That summer was spent on shows with Duncan Sheik.
Review-One might call quitting a lucrative job as a software engineer for a life as a singer-songwriter a risky career move. Fortunately for Vienna Teng, it has paid off. Within two years of leaving her Silicon Valley career behind, 27-year-old Teng has appeared on the CBS Early Show, Late Night with David Letterman, and NPR, and has gained a large devoted fanbase through constant touring, selling 60,000 copies of her first two albums. Vienna Teng reaches a new musical pinnacle on her third album, and debut for Zo/Rounder,'Dreaming Through the Noise.' Producer Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Madeleine Peyroux) provides Teng with the perfect setting for an unforgettable set of chamber-folk compositions, which showcase hersharp lyrical prowess as well as her skills as an accomplished pianist. The album's eleven original songs show both an amazing lyrical depth and a broad musical scope, which ranges from the perfect pop simplicity of "Whatever You Want" to the stunning musical tour de force of "Ponchartrain." Clearly her most ambitious work to date, 'Dreaming Through the Noise' confirms Vienna Teng as a brilliant young songwriter at the top of her craft.
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