Album Review: Songs from the Bardo by Sheila Nicholls

Album Name: Songs from the Bardo
Artist: Sheila Nicholls
Year/Label: 2010 / Independent

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Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

Well, I’ve been a fan of Sheila Nichols for some time now. I’ve loved everything I’ve heard from her. She has a unique voice and style that’s always welcome to my ears. However, this album may even surpass all the other stuff I’ve heard.

In a video I posted recently, Sheila discusses (in her great English accent) what Bardo means. She describes it as a Tibetan Buddist concept that means ‘the space between the spaces’. She says, “Whatever your boundaries are you can stretch them make the space here…and here… There’s the bardo of life, bardo of death, the bardo of life and death and the bardo of death and life.” Well, I’ll let you research that concept more if you like. I’m here to talk about the music.

The title song (well, it’s called Bardo) is very catchy and as soon as her voice comes in I am overwhelmed with a comforting feeling. It’s classic Sheila Nichols. This one will stick with you. I’m not kidding. At 3am even.

In fact, now that I’ve been listening to this for a couple of months, all the songs are like this for me.

I don’t know much else I can say except that this will surely be on my top of the year list as I can’t stop listening to it.

If you’ve liked Sheila Nichols’ music in the past I have every confidence you’ll like this work as well. If you’re new to her music, this is a fantastic way to get hooked.

Track Listing
1. Where None Are Afraid
2. Pinking Up
3. Bardo
4. Old Friend
5. Natural Law
6. Pointless Tackles Vision
7. Mighty Love
8. Celery Bay
9. City Between
10. Bed
11. Lay Low
12. Simplify

[Sheila Nicholls Official Site]

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