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Waking Hour

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The Tower
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Momentum
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Gravity
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Daughter
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Between
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Say Uncle
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Drought
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Enough To Go By
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Unwritten Letter
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Eric's Song
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Soon Love Soon
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Lullabye For A Stormy Night
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Decade And One
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 13   Total Length: 55:44

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A certain purity of sound

Alzati

She really is quite talented. Her music sound very clean, her piano playing is supportive and elegant without running her voice over. Rich and strong where it is needed but soft as a snowflake elsewhere. Her vocals are pure and sure. This is great stuff! She could easily be produced by Daniel Lanois.

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Simpy Amazing

rawmarcos

Folks, I stumbled on to this cd purely by accident and all I can say is Wow!!! If you like Tori Amos or the Indigo Girls you need to download this. Vienna Teng is a voice to be heard and she's on the brink of major stardom. So, do yourself a favor and download this album and her other one today.

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Funny someone mentions Tori Amos

kcgirlgeek

I have owned this Vienna Teng CD for a lot of years. :) I also own almost every CD Tori Amos has ever released. (I'm a bit of a piano freak, apart from having tremendous respect for UNIQUE artists.) I don't really compare Vienna to Tori, being that Tori's music is more driven and has much more energy behind it. However, Vienna Teng is an amazing pianist, has a beautiful voice, and her music stirs a different sort of emotional chord than Tori's, for me. Both excellent musician/singer/songwriters, I listen to them both, as I see them as painters on a musical canvas of mood and emotion, and those things tend to dictate who I will listen to at any given moment.

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Damn

Acteon

The album sounds fantastic. Sadly yet another album we can't touch in the UK. At least I can go and buy it I suppose, but come on eMusic, the rights can't be that hard to track down, surely?

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Even with her initial, tentative performances while still a student at Stanford, Vienna Teng caused an immediate stir in the California singer/songwriter scene. She self-released her debut LP, Waking Hour, in spring 2001, but consistent Bay Area buzz, strong website sales, and Teng’s captivating live show led to interest from Massachusetts indie Virt, which signed her in May 2002. Three of Waking Hour’s tracks were then remixed for radio by David Henry (Yo La Tengo; Guster), and an extensive tour brought one of the Bay Area’s best-kept secrets to nationwide ears. Teng is an extremely intellectual songwriter who fills the spare moments of her piano-driven songs with wordy unions of personal emotion and reflections on the seasons. While she possesses a powerful voice, it’s her command of melody and her subtlety that really stand out on Waking Hour. The Henry-produced tracks — “Tower,” “Gravity,” and “Enough to Go By” — could be considered chamber pop, with their shuffling percussion and lush, quietly surging stings accentuating Teng’s gorgeous vocals. At the same time, “Daughter” and “Lullaby for a Stormy Night” are as delicate as hand-blown glass. As heartwarming as the latter song is, where Teng harmonizes with a child’s voice on the reassuring line “Everything’s fine in the morning/The rain’ll be gone in the morning/But I’ll still be here in the morning,” she’s elegantly jaded in the arch, duskily toned “Daughter.” “Did you know you’re so beautiful on the edge of summer?” she asks in a resolute tone, and the song’s slightly mournful yet sure-handed piano line seems to trace the fading lines of a dissolving relationship. After such a powerful yet achingly intimate statement, the processed Middle Eastern rhythms and electric guitar solo of “Between” are a bit overwrought; the added instrumentation tends to dilute Teng’s strikingly mature songwriting. But this is by no means a slight, as Waking Hour is a confident debut that’s startling in its emotional and intellectual depth, but never too brainy that it loses sight of melody and song structure. – Johnny Loftus

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