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Dreaming Through The Noise CD (2006)

Artist: Vienna Teng

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Gorgeous new direction for Vienna

by Tom W. on 7/26/2006

As a big Vienna fan, I feel nervous first listening to each new album, since my expectations are generally so high, I worry that they can't be met. But after listening to Dreaming Through the Noise throughout the last two days, I can happily say that it certainly meets all my high expectations and then some. Vienna has taken the beautiful vocals, terrific sense of rhythm, and mastery of melodies and hooks that made Waking Hour and Warm Strangers staples of my music library, and expanded them in fascinating new directions, while always sounding entirely comfortable in each new style. Like the ominous violin opening to Waking Hour, Dreaming Through the Noise prepares listeners for their journey with a striking bass line that develops into "Blue Caravan", one of Vienna's best tracks ever. It has a sultry enrapturing quality that doesn't sound like anything she has recorded previously. The slow entrancing dirge sound of Katrina-inspired "Pontchartrain" shows Vienna can create fascinating songs with a wide range of moods and vocal stylings. Its clear that Vienna wanted to leverage her vocal and songwriting talents to explore new directions, instead of just relying on their beauty to create songs that felt familiar. Its also clear that this album has broadened its influences to include many of the most innovative modern singer-songerwriters. The influences of the jaunty and tense rhythm's of Fiona Apple's Extraordinary Machine can be heard on "I Don't Feel So Well", while the jazzy vocal turns and infectious chorus of "Love Turns 40" show influences of Madeliene Peyroux. The alt-country-tinged influences of Neko Case have been beautiful integrated with Vienna's voice on the gay-marriage-themed "City Hall". Vienna even pulls off Bebel Gilberto bossa-nova on "Transcontinental, 1:30 AM", though unlike the other new styles, this song feels more like Vienna the "trying on" of a style than the absorption of that style. There are a few tracks that feel a little too familiar ("Nothing Without You") or don't totally succeed in their new style ("1BR/1BA"), but overall this album is almost entirely gems, and should please her existing fan-base and convert any new listeners.

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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 Dreaming Through the Noise. Producer Larry Klein provides Teng with the perfect setting for an unforgettable set of chamber-folk compositions, which showcase her sharp 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.


Label Rounder / Umgd
SKU 202766387
UPC 601143109126
UPC 14 00601143109126
Format CD
Release Date 7/25/2006
Author Vienna Teng
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Artist Teng,Vienna
Label Zoe Records (rounder)
Music Format Compact Disc

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