(29 June 2004) Sissel. Sissel's first North Americal release is a self-titled album (Decca Records (USA) 440 064 412-2, 2002) of twelve highly varied tracks. When the album was released, she said, "I like music that I think is beautiful, music that touches me." That statement certainly describes the essence of her music presented here. She has a special clarity in her soaring vocals.
Sissel exudes a pureness of sound and has a sensitive, yet powerful voice. She seems to have some vocal qualities resembling Celine Dion and Enya. Sissel is able to blend folk, Celtic and classical influences on this relaxing album. "Shenandoah" is certainly a good example of her beautiful blend of genres with her clear and solid voice. Kenny Kosek on the fiddle sets the mood on this song.
Pop tunes "Can't Go Back," "Carrier of a Secret" and "Weightless" highlight Sissel's soothing and comforting
vocals. Pairing the classical sound with a modern feel make this album a standout.
Sissel is an album that sets this engaging vocalist
apart from the rest. Her clarity of tone and her lovely, angelic
voice capture the mood.
This first US release is surely a hit and has gathered critical acclaim. Her serenades of lovely melodies and beautiful lyrics bedazzle the listener.
My Heart. The latest album (Decca Records (USA) B0002080-02, 2004) by Norwegian-born siren, Sissel, is dynamic and expressive, mixing classical melodies, operatic arias and pop songs on her second album. This crossover vocalist has a vocal clarity that is reminiscent of Sarah Brightman. She sings effortlessly with a pureness in her soprano renditions.
Her gracefulness is evident throughout this album, and shows her extensive vocal range quite easily in the various genres. Sissel said, "This is the music that is closest to my heart right now. I hope people will listen, lean back, relax and
enjoy the beauty. I think we've made something very
beautiful." There is no doubt that she has accomplished this
Sissel's interpretations of "Pie Jesu, "Ave Maria" and "Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix" evoke a sensitivity of style with her floating and exquisite melodies. She is equally at ease with her pop tunes, comfortably resonating in "You Raise Me Up," "Someone Like You" and "Beyond Imagination."
Accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ettore Stratta, Sissel's sound is beautifully presented.
Her rich, soaring sopranos are thoroughly captivating, and the listener yearns for more and more of this engaging sound. Bravo!