August - December 2000 NEWS
Sissel's New Album Receives Mixed Reviews
Norwegian newspapers are reporting mixed reviews today for Sissel's new solo album. Verdens Gang (VG) gave it a 5 (out of 6 possible), Dagbladet a 3 and Bergensavisen a 4.
Here are a few quotes about the new album:
Tor Marcussen, Aftenposten: "All Good Things" is a solid pop production of high quality.
Geir Rakvaag, Dagsavisen: At any rate, the voice of Sissel is in the end the most important reason we're listening to this.
Tore Bø, Bergensavisen: Sissel at her best shows she's a singer of world class. But her new album is lacking tempo and is too consistent. It wouldn't have hurt if Sissel had taken more chances.
Erik Fossen, Bergens Tidende: Sissel has created a pop album slightly above average. In the pop genre, however, the average is rather low.
(posted 20. November 2000)
Sissel Sings With Daughter Sara
Bergensavis - An article about one of Sissel's new songs, "Sara's Song" was publshed today in, Bergensavis. We have translated it and you can read it here. Sissel With Daughter Sara.
(posted 17. November 2000)
Sissel Talks About the New Album
Bergens Tidende - An extensive interview was published today in Sissel's hometown newspaper, Bergens Tidende. We have translated it and you can read it here. "Very Me, Very Now"
(posted 16. November 2000)
Sissel Sings In Norwegian!
The songs on Sissel's new album are now listed. Visit the "All Good Things" album page for the listing of the songs on the new album. Sissel even sings in Norwegian on one of the tracks! That's great news, although I know many of you were hoping she'd sing several songs in Norwegian. All Good Things.
(posted 15. November 2000)
Official Sissel Site Adds Samples From New Album
Visit the new official Sissel website in order to hear RealAudio samples of 5 tracks off of Sissel's new album. In order to hear them you will need RealPlayer. You can find Sissel's official site by clicking here.
(posted 15. November 2000)
50,000 Waiting for Sissel
Bergens Tidende -- 50,000 people are expected to turn up to see and hear Sissel, who will be the main attraction at the Festival of Lights in Bergen, Norway on 2. December. She will open by singing "Carmen Gratulatorium," which is a musical piece from the 12th Century first performed in Bergen over 800 years ago. Sissel's performance of this piece will have an arrangement which is appropriate to the song's time period.
Sissel will also sing three songs from her new album, starting with the first single, "One Day." She will also lead the crowd in singing Christmas songs, including "Deilig er jorden."
(posted 11. November 2000)
Christmas Without Sissel Canceled
It's been said many times in Norway that it's just not Christmas without Sissel Kyrkjebø, since she has performed annual Christmas concerts there every year for the past 10 years. This year she decided to pull back from the Christmas tour in order to promote her new solo album.
Despite Sissel being their main attraction, Stageway, Sissel's management company and one of the largest concert promoters in Norway, was arranging a Christmas tour without Sissel, but due to very slow sales, they have decided to cancel this year's Christmas tour.
They needed to sell at least 4,500 tickets in Oslo and 4,000 in Gjøvik, but have only sold approximately 1,000 in each location. To put on the show in each city, it would have cost approximately 1.2 million Norwegian crowns ($130,000 US) and there haven't been enough ticket sales without Sissel to make it economically feasible. In previous years, tickets quickly sold out.
(posted 8. November 2000)
Sissel and Espen Lind Sing Duet
Sissel and Espen Lind, another noted Norwegian pop star, recorded a duet Wednesday (1. November 2000), which will appear on Sissel's new album, expected to hit Norwegian record stores in 17 days. The song is called "Where The Lost Ones Go."
Also, Sissel's new album finally has a title, which is "All Good Things." This makes one think that the title is a play on the old proverb: "All good things come to those who wait," since Sissel fans have been waiting a very long time for new music from Sissel. Hopefully, the album lives up to its title and is full of good things. This news came from two articles which appeared online today on Norwegian news websites. They have been translated into English and you can read them here: Dagbladet: Super Duo and the other from VG: Sissel and Espen Sing Together.
(posted 3. November 2000)
Official Sissel Site Open
The official Sissel web site is now active, but it is functioning currently only all in the Norwegian language. Sissel.net.
(posted 2. November 2000)
Ready for Europe in 2001
Bergensavis - An interview with Sissel's manager, Arne Svare, was published today in Bergensavis. He comments on eventual plans to release Sissel's new album internationally. It's been translated from Norwegian and you can read it by clicking here.
(posted 30. October 2000)
HEAR SISSEL'S NEW SONG: ONE DAY!!!!
Sissel: One Day
Robert A Jones ofThe Sissel Website requested Sissel's new song to be played on NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting Co.) Radio. They played the request and we recorded it for you to hear. It's not the best recording because it was taken from the radio, but it's still pretty good. To listen, click on One Day and you will need an MP3 player (or have Apple Quicktime plug-in) to listen to the song. You may also read the lyrics for One Day.
(posted 28. October 2000)
Celine Dion's Old Clothes
Bergensavis - Here is the review of "One Day" from Bergensavis, a newspaper in Sissel's hometown. It's been translated from Norwegian and you can read it by clicking here.
(posted 27. October 2000)
PULS - Here is a new review of the first single from the new Sissel album from PULS magazine. It's been translated from Norwegian and you can read it by clicking here.
(posted 25. October 2000)
Yeah! Sissel's New Album:
Dagbladet - an interview with Sissel which discusses the reason she trashed her USA-recorded album has been translated and you can read it by clicking here.
(posted 22. October 2000)
Sissel's New Single: "One Day"
The title of Sissel's first new single from her much anticipated, long-awaited new album is "One Day" and it was written by Sissel herself in conjunction with the producers of the song, the Stargate trio in Trondheim, Norway. The Norwegian newspaper, Verdens Gang reviewed the song and gave it a 5 (out of a possible 6). You can read the entire review translated from Norwegian by clicking here.
There is also an accompanying interview with Sissel conducted by Verdens Gang translated from Norwegian available if you click here.
(posted 21. October 2000)
A Fantastic Album
According to an article in Bergensavis (Norwegian newspaper) Sissel's management is promising a "fantastic Sissel album." And say they will be surprised if any are left lying on the store shelves long after its release date, 20. November, in Norway. Click here to read the entire article translated from Norwegian.
(posted 14. October 2000)
Sissel and Lene Writing for New Album
An article appeared in today's Verdens Gang (Norwegian newspaper) with several bits of news about Sissel's new album. Among them, that Sissel has herself been involved in the songwriting process as well as Norwegian singer/songwriter Lene Marlin. The article also states that Sissel's first single will be released to Norwegian radio on 23. October (in 12 days). It also mentions that Sissel will be performing at this year's Nobel Gala concert on 11. December. Click here to read the entire article translated from the Verdens Gang website.
(posted 11. October 2000)
Sissel to Perform in Bergen's Festival of Light
Sissel Kyrkjebø will be the main attraction when Bergens Tidende's Festival of Light is combined this year with the European Cultural Capital 2000's closing ceremony on 2. December in Bergen, Norway--less than 2 weeks after her new solo album is released in Norway. Read the entire article translated from the Bergens Tidende website here.
(posted 7. October 2000)
Universal Music Schedules Sissel Release
We at The Sissel Websitehave been searching the Universal Music Norway website frequently over the past few months, since we first heard Sissel's new album might be released this Fall.
The Universal Music Norway site has a listing of all their upcoming releases and we've been checking it regularly to see if Sissel showed up there. Today is the first time we've seen her listed on their official album release list. (We checked just yesterday and she wasn't listed.)
They list album releases on their site by week and they've got Sissel scheduled for release in the 47th week of 2000 (which that week just happens to start on 20. November). So, this brings a new Sissel album just one step closer to reality.
(posted 29. September 2000)
Sissel's Album Ready 20. November
Dagbladet -- The Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet is today confirming the news we brought to you nearly two weeks ago that Sissel's new album will be finished and released in Norway on 20. November.
We've translated this new article into English and you can read it by clicking here.
(posted 26. September 2000)
Sissel Ready At End of November
Bergens Tidende -- Reports are now out which say Universal Music Norway is hoping to release Sissel's new album around 20. November, but only in Norway.
The Sissel Website predicted a month and a half ago, that Sissel's new album would only be released in Norway at first. (see "Sissel Album In November!!!" below -- 30 July 2000).
Any international release has been postponed. A single from the album may be released in Norway in late October. There is a great article about the new album including a description of the new sound, which we have translated for you. Read it by clicking here.
(posted 14. September 2000)
Dagsavis Questions Sissel CD Reality
Dagsavis -- In discussing the Norwegian albums which will be released this Fall, the Norwegian newspaper Dagsavis questions whether Sissel will really release an album this Fall. The paper writes: "And is Sissel Kyrkjebø really coming out with an album?? As they (almost) used to say at her record label 'We don't believe it until we get the CD.'" And as anyone who has closely followed Sissel's career knows, one should be skeptical about the release of a new Sissel solo CD until one has it in hand. Previously, announcements would say something vague, like Sissel will release an album in the Spring of 1999, but this time around we were hearing a specific date, 6. November. But be warned and don't believe it until you have the album in hand. We hope it's in hand soon.
(posted 13. September 2000)
Release Date Set for New Sissel CD!!!
PULS -- According to the Norwegian online magazine PULS, Universal Music has scheduled a release date for Sissel's new solo album. There will be a promo single released next month, September, and the album is scheduled for release on 6. November 2000.
We at The Sissel Website are very excited and hope that this time the CD is released when scheduled. The fact that they have actually scheduled a specific date for its release is very promising and we are very excited to hear her new album. Mark your calendars!
(posted 25. August 2000)
Sissel Appears on Japanese Soundtrack
The Sissel Website recently received a copy of the two songs which Sissel sang in English on a Japanese soundtrack entitled Summer Snow.
After the first listen through of these songs, we're not impressed. Sissel sings, of course, beautifully as always. But Sissel's contribution on these songs are the only good things about them. There's very little dynamics or range in the first song, Summer Snow, making it almost boring if not for Sissel's singing. Gheorghe Zamfir's pan flutes sound sickeningly sweet, that's more the fault of the composer than Zamfir's, though. The arrangement of the pan flutes is not as interesting or as spirited as on Zamfir's recording of Elvira Madigan, for example. The English lyrics were obviously written by Japanese people who do not have a very firm grasp of the English language as the words do not make much sense, are grammatically incorrect and are basically rather inane and pedantic. The best thing to do with this song is to sit back and relax, listen to Sissel's voice and not pay too close attention to the words she's singing.
The second song, Seven Angels, is slightly better than Summer Snow. The lyrics are much worse, but we just try and pretend the lyrics are supposed to be Japanese Haiku poetry (although they fit no known poetic formula), as they don't follow any logical thought process. Each line of the lyrics seems to have little to do with the one preceding it or following it. The tune to Seven Angels is much more interesting, however, than that of Summer Snow. It is much more dynamic and has a broader range, making it more interesting as Sissel sings higher notes and low ones--not just all of them in the middle, like on Summer Snow. Zamfir's pan flutes are less noticeable on this track, except at the very beginning, so less irritating.
It is always interesting to hear new songs by Sissel as her voice is magical and always spectacular regardless of the quality of her arrangements, but we at The Sissel Website hope her new solo album is NOTHING like these two songs. We doubt her new album will be, though. We feel quite confident her new album will be much more interesting.
A CD-single containing these two songs, Summer Snow and Seven Angels, can be purchased at GEMM.COM.
(posted 24. August 2000)
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