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Teitur - Poetry and Aeroplanes 
By Tim Byrnes

Now That's What I Call Pop Music

Ordinarily my musical heart lies in anger. My tastes usually run toward the dark end of the street where ruined lives are celebrated loudly and with a literary flair, more Quentin Tarantino than John Hughes if you get my drift. But sometimes one needs to back away from the battle with self that the absorption of all things feedback and hatred represents. It's at such times that I reach for CDs  that offers sonic solace without resorting to the ˜Don't worry-be happy' vibe of most pop music. Most recently Sigur Ros' () has been my audio-health-spa of choice but since Keavin hipped me to Poetry and Aeroplanes by Danish wunderkind Teitur Lassen, I've been soaking in a new spring.

Ably assisted by the inventive rhythm section of Pino Palladino on bass and Matt Chamberlain on drums, along with the multi-talented Patrick Warren on keys, this 25 year old singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist from Denmark's Faroe Islands has created a work of quiet strength and beauty, fraught with portent of good things to come. 

Lush melodies are supported by clever (but not for the sake of clever) chord changes, unexpected twists and a remarkably organic melding of various, disparate influences. Cole Porter classic pop moves, timeless folk melodies wrapped in a chamber music warmth of the holy drone of acoustic guitars, chamberlains, celestas and harpsichords. 

Impeccably and seamlessly produced by Rupert Hine, Poetry and Aeroplanes has a romantic intelligence about it that never resorts to the false sentimentality of the power ballad. Much of the subject matter here involves that old standby Love and it's cousins Loss and Yearning, a road very well traveled indeed, but Lassen's lyrical touch is as deft as his far-ranging musicianship. 

He plows past all the pitfalls of the lonely rocker on the road song when, bemoaning the fact of physical separation from his loved one he fairly whispers ˜I think about long distance rates instead of kissing you.' I love the pragmatism of that, it's that kind of detail, that unexpected take on a well-worn song subject that rings a bell of truth and can take all of us, me and you, on the road with a love-lorn. Literate heart.

Now, most days will still find me turning to music for the scream and not the dream, but the next time my soul wants a little traveling music, I'm sure to reach for this CD.


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Teitur - Poetry and Aeroplanes
Label: Universal
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Tracks:
Sleeping With The Lights On
I Was Just Thinking
You're The Ocean
Poetry & Aeroplanes
Josephine
One And Only
Rough Around The Edges
Let's Go Dancing
Amanda's Dream
Shade Of A Shadow
To Meet You
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