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Beautifully Twisted

by Charmed

Twisted Folk {sprinkled with faery dust & blessed by the huldufolk}: blending folk, rock, new age and celtic sensibilities in a way that weaves a mystical, magical spell around listeners, leaving them 'Charmed' time and again.
Genre: Easy Listening: Love Songs
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1. respite
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2. fate
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3. the lie
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4. innbydelsen
3:33 $0.99
5. drive all night
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6. maybe... someday
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7. bliss
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8. MIK
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9. u me mine
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10. the Romanian Spider from Hell
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Bambi Wolf (formerly Bambi Jackson) & Alicia Ultan met up one cold eve in December of 2000 for a musical jam, each going away from the session thinking that there was no way they’d ever be able to blend their very different & individual musical styles. However, something drew them back together, and they performed their debut gig as the musical duo, Charmed, in January of 2001 at the Blue Dragon Coffee House in Albuquerque, NM, USA – packing the house! Since that time, they had beaucoup adventures, including playing duo gigs all over New Mexico; releasing their debut CD, Beautifully Twisted, in May of 2005 achieving a great response and reviews Internationally; winning the first NM Music Commission’s Talent Competition for budding new bands; claiming a nomination for their instrumental, Innbydelsen (composed by Bambi Wolf), from the 2006 NM MIC Awards; and celebrating the release of their 2nd CD – BitterSuite 7 – on December 13, 2008, to a packed, rowdy and cheering house of friends, family & fans at O’Niell’s Pub in Albuquerque.

Their music takes many twists and turns, spinning tales of love, life, loss, rebirth and hope for their audiences, allowing people to feel, to cry, to laugh, to be healed, to walk away being refreshed, gaining a peace. Blending the beauty of guitar, piano, viola and vocals, Charmed’s music is reminiscent of the lyrical sweetness of Sarah McLachlan, the melodic moodiness of Tori Amos, the melancholy wistfulness of Fisher, the deeply emotional and powerful instrumentation of Delirium, and the straight-shooting sassiness of Lucy Kaplansky.

Presenting to the world their own deep & dark, sweet & sad, wistful & melancholy, sassy & sarcastic music - they have managed to weave a mystical spell around their audiences time and again!

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J.W. Mahoney

Charmed is faerie country music, winged gypsies over Monument Valley...
"You gotta listen when the angels talk to you," sings Alicia Ultan in Charmed's "Drive All Night." Indeed, guitarist/pianist Bambi Jackson's deep-sunk, darkened strength and the lush faerie poignance of Ms. Ultan, on viola and guitar, form an unlikely and fully fledged band of angels. Their union on this CD draws each songwriter's particular graces into heightened balance. Alicia's plaintive, insistently unusual melodies can meander, lifting and dipping like Stephen Foster's best, over the foundation of Bambi's strong keyboard work; Bambi Jackson's moody, penetrating ballads are carried upward and outward by Alicia Ultan's richly unguarded viola. Their vocal blends are confident and well-occasioned, since each song is the work of a single songwriter whose private idea sets the tone for the collaboration. Imagine a Native American earth spirit meeting a Central European fire-elf: that's Charmed. Their sound can vary, from somewhere west of Neil Young to fin-de-siecle Vienna. Get this CD. Whoever you are, there's a song here you'll never forget.
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Mark McKee

I normally hate folk music...
I normally hate folk music. I need distortion and feedback and dissonance! Having said that, I found this album very compelling. With it's lush textures, haunting melodies and interesting use of eclectic chord structure, I found it to be solid and consistent. The musicianship is first rate and the production is absolutely professional. There wasn't a bad song to be found here. I heartily recommend this album.
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M. B. Glickman

Pure addiction. . . .
I'm hooked on this album ... I play it every day. The
more I play it the more I want to play it ... it's truly
addictive.... Am always sorry when it's over! The instrumentals are especially effective. Would love to see this album get more exposure. It certainly deserves to.
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Tim Sawyer

Correction to my previous review -- It Rates FIVE stars, not FOUR....
The songs are all strong on this CD, and the arrangements, rich with viola, keyboards, guitars and harmonies, are lush and full. What's most impressive about this CD, however, is that clearly the songs would be powerful and effective even without the lush arrangements -- had the women of Charmed, Alicia Ultan and Bambi Jackson, chosen to clothe their words and melodies with nothing more than a spare acoustic guitar and vocals recorded with no-frills values, or maybe with a stripped-down Levon Helm-inspired backbeat, the songs would still have had a musical inevitability that one usually hears only from the most assured of troubadors. They range into landscapes previously explored by the likes of Joni Mitchell, Sarah McLachlan, Bruce Cockburn, Shawn Colvin, and Patty Griffin, and acquit themselves well in the process, bringing out of their alchemic journey something wholly their own. This is an impressive first CD by two accomplished music veterans.
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Robby

Beautifully Charmed
If ever there were a match made in heaven, this is it. If the beautifully woven sounds of piano, viola and guitars of Charmed don’t grab you then the vocals will. This literal dynamic duo comprised of Bambi Jackson (vocals, keyboards & guitar) and Alicia Ultan (vocals, guitar & viola) perform their songs with such passion, and with a wink mind you, they’re sure to melt even the hardest of hearts. Sounding a little like Dolores O’Riordan of the Cranberries, Alicia will vocally and lyrically hypnotize you on Fate and Drive All Night while Bambi channels Sarah McLachlan on Repsite and MIK bringing a quiet intensity to some beautiful and powerful lyrics. Did I mention they both write their own songs? Yup. And one when is not signing lead the other performs back up blending graciously but not overpowering the other. Toss a little playfulness into the mix such as the whimsical The Romanian Spider from Hell and you have a couple of accomplished musicians and accomplished writers who not only think, but write and play out of the box. This writer was absolutely mesmerized after seeing Charmed perform live. If you been afraid to step into the musical foray of folk, I say don’t be shy, get Charmed.
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Tim Sawyer

Beautifully Twisted Charmed CD bodes more great things to come.
The songs are all strong on this CD, and the arrangements, rich with viola, keyboards, guitars and harmonies, are lush and full. What's most impressive about this CD, however, is that clearly the songs would be powerful and effective even without the lush arrangements -- had the women of Charmed, Alicia Ultan and Bambi Jackson, chosen to clothe their words and melodies with nothing more than a spare acoustic guitar and vocals recorded with no-frills values, or maybe with a stripped-down Levon Helm-inspired backbeat, the songs would still have had a musical inevitability that one usually hears only from the most assured of troubadors. They range into landscapes previously explored by the likes of Joni Mitchell, Sarah McLachlan, Bruce Cockburn, Shawn Colvin, and Patty Griffin, and acquit themselves well in the process, bringing out of their alchemic journey something wholly their own. This is an impressive first CD by two accomplished music veterans.
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