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Wild Is The Wind

Nina Simone

1966

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Wild Is The Wind

Rating

3.69

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Tough to put to words, but when you feel something powerful through a work of music, it has achieved its purpose.

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LOVE. I want to swing in a hammock strung from her vocal cords.

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5

This was honestly gorgeous. A surprising new discovery even though I had heard of Nina Simone. Every song on the record captivated me.

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i wrote such a good review but then this bitch ass deleted it 🙄 here’s what i can remember: IM ROCKIN WITH NINA four women is where it’s at (fight me) part of lilac wine is used in a beyoncé documentary and i fully got whiplash when i heard it break down and let it all out is a fucking BANGER THIS SHIT SLAPS she sings so intimately, like it’s a conversation i love her voice 0 skips

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*Gordon Ramsay voice* finally some good fucking music. Seriouly, this album could come out today and nobody would blink an eye. It's completely outstanding not just among 60s music, but 20th century music in general.

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Nina Simone is a pleasure to listen to even if you only know her through being sampled all over the place. She makes you feel the struggles and torment of black Americans through this album. She didn’t have a bad track; her vocal performance was outstanding and very track felt new. The Soul, Jazz vibe was so fun and it's clear why artists use her work, the most famous being Jay-Z using the beat and vocals from ‘Four Woman’. The album didn’t stop on this great track it also had soulful powerful vocals on ‘Break Down and Let It All Out’. Overall this album was amazing, I will defiantly come back in the future.

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5

A powerful, profound, and gripping album by an indisputable icon. While I was already familiar with Ms. Simone's enormous and versatile talent, I was not familiar with her story, which I read in the linked Wikipedia article. Wow. What a strong, brave, and visionary person. I hope more people get the chance to learn her story. And of course, listen to her wide-ranging, massive, and incredible body of work.

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5

The energy and emotion she puts in her lyrics, especially in her song, "Four Women" sends absolute chills and amazement. Would Give It: 5/5

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Absolutely wonderful album. A beautiful but authentic mix of genres that just feel good. Nina's songwriting is both challenging and comforting and she has the voice of an angel. Really surprised and pleased with this one.

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Genre: Vocal Jazz 5/5 A titan of her time, Nina Simone is one of the greatest voices in the history of modern music. Wild Is the Wind is her opus, a collection of songs that truly showcase her range, and not just vocally. Nina Simone does not just sing, she performs. The power of a song like Four Women isn't just in its dark, brooding soundscape or its biting, socially critical lyrics, but Nina's raw power and genuine emotion, which is felt with every note. Every song on here, especially the aforementioned Four Women and the album's title track, are perfect examples of the genre, but even better examples of how talented Nina was, and how good she sounded on anything you gave her. From the upbeat, near doo-wop style of I Love Your Lovin' Ways, to her classic heartfelt tearjerkers like Either Way I Lose, she just simply floats on top of the track. An essential listen, and a perfect foray into what we now know as Vocal Jazz, a genre rife with wonderful artists with some really wonderful records.

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I knew Wild Is The Wind from Bowie's Station to Station, never realised it was a cover. The song Four Women is an emotional gut punch, very powerful.

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I have a pretty great 2 disc Nina Simone anthology that I listened to alot for awhile but I've never really listened to one of her albums in it's entirety. It's hard to choose with such a long and prolific career (and I'd say she was pretty consistently great through it all). This album has some great tracks for sure. It's fairly spare in it's arrangements on most tracks and she has an amazing ability to use space/silence to build drama. Powerful voice, incredible piano playing. I can't even imagine seeing this live. It would be so intense. I had to check and see if spotify had changed to a new album when I heard the last track "Either way I lose" come on.

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Soulful and deep. A uniquely classic album that shines on its elegance and simplicity. Four Women is a beautiful and moving song. Overall enjoyed more than I expected. 7.7/10

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Always incredible. *What More Can I Say? *Why Keep On Breaking My Heart?

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 Regarded by many as Simone's greatest artistic triumph, Wild is the Wind his a collection of very different songs that work together on multiple levels. They work as social commentary, the singer voicing her frustration with the limited opportunities of African American women in a ways both overt and subtle. They also work as a showcase for the artist's versatility, as she tackles everything from sexy soul to soothing pop, from traditional folk to angry blues. Simone was not just capable of playing in these varied mediums; she could turn each into mesmerizing performance art, powerful self-expression composed of elegance and drama simultaneously.

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This isn’t a album you listen to. It’s one you feel. Love, hate, passion all central to the themes of what Nina wants you to feel.

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album muito intimista, emotivo e espetacular. Não conhecia Nina Simone.

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Nina é foda. Sempre canta a alma pela boca, em todas as fases (e foram muitas). Esse disco é animal, só Lilac Wine já o deixa memorável

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truly amazing classic jazz record

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Fantastic album, haven't really listened to Nina Simone before but thought this album was great.

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5

Every track is a banger.

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5

I mean, Nina.

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love you nina

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5

Nina Simone classic bluesy jazz. transported to a different place. easy listening warmth.

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Get it up ye

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Wonderful

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5

Meilleur album que j’ai ecoute de Nina simone, j’adore. 5*

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Me gustó la mezcla de géneros, pero sobre todo la tranquilidad que transmite la enorme voz de Nina. Gran descubrimiento

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Esta mujer me transmite mucho cuando la escucho. Además, todo suena muy bien y pues a veces las letras tienen gran impacto; otras veces pueden ser muy románticas y todo bien. Canciones fav: "Four Women" (¡ese final!), "Break Down and Let It All Out", "Either Way I Lose" y obvio ese clásico que es "Wild Is The Wind". Tqm, Nina. 10/10

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nina simone nina simone nina simone nina simone nina simone nina simone nina simone nina simone 9/10

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5

Excelente. Su voz, su vibración... su sentimiento. Gracias por la recomendación.

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Nina rarely disappoints! I had not heard of this album and thoroughly enjoyed listening to her cover versions.

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Menuda voz tiene la hija de puta

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Lots of soul

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5

Bello bello album, bella voz y bella instrumentación. ritmo, drama, tristeza y alegría. Quedé muy contento después de escuchar este disco. Fue difícil escoger una canción favorita, pero creo que breakdown and let it all out fue la que más disfruté. Mood: She put a spell on me

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5

I think this is an incredible work, and it is truly so unique and beautiful. Her voice is so iconic, and the piano is really amazing too.

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Amo

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Zo een prachtig album. Puur genieten gewoon. Ik kan niet wachten om het luid door het hele huis te laten schallen.

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god bless nina simone's voice

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Astonishingly beautiful. An amazing album and experience.

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Todo este disco es un mood, excepto la primera canción que iba como por otro lado. Esa voz...

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просто пушечка

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Отличный альбом. Опять же, имею крайне ограниченное представление об исполнителях в сфере, возможно, сопоставимых альбомов – тьма. Но даже если мы предположим, что сами композиции – продукт своего времени и оригинальностью не отличаются, то всё равно нельзя будет сказать, что вокальные партии Нины Симон, её голос может быть чем-то конвейерным. Да и композиции не воспринимаются как нечто вторичное, они грамотные: минималистичные аранжировки, где всё на своём месте, лаконичные мелодии, в которых всё равно есть место внутреннему развитию, замечательно. В целом, хорошая музыка. Но что для меня отличает хорошую музыку от прекрасной? Нет, не вклад в развитие жанра, не оказанное влияние на общество или конкретных людей. Это всё, конечно, хорошо, но отличную музыку для меня определяет катарсис. Момент, когда тот или иной трек берёт за яйца, грубо говоря, захватывает дух. Тут такое есть: концовка Four Women, вторая половина What More Can I Say? Альбом создаёт густую атмосферу, а записан так, будто обращён в вечность. Да, из-за не слишком высокой сложности существует риск, что просто-напросто быстро надоест. Но пока не надоело – это ведь чудесно.

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Good

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Beautiful!

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Not into jazz

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Gorgeous, beautiful, emotional musicianship. Why have I never heard of this?

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Great album.

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Wow!

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Love some Nina

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❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The opener is slight compared to its follow-up, which I recognize thanks to its legacy as sample. In not too much longer, that song unfolds, with subtle drama and plenty of good nature. For forty minutes, it's the Nina's Voice Show; With minimal accompaniment, one still gets the distinct sense of traveling through many corners of American music. Comparisons are inevitable because of the mentioned samples and the Buckley cover served to me two months ago by this very site. The songs here have powerful forward momentum, but the lateral movements are quite delicate. That makes me think of Wild as an album not quite arresting enough to fall in love with, and then I hear the blatant parallel with Mitski's Nobody (which I was absolutely arrested by). Desaturation by familiarity: That's something decently new to yours truly. But in the interests of ending speculation about things I know nothing about: One hundred percent beautiful, fascinating as a document of singers'-songwriter's songs. I can't wait to digest it again and hear a more focused project. I can tell she's capable of a better run of songs and yet this one is better than so many others...

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Ah yeahhh. Nina is my girl!

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5

Amazing voice. Real mix of Sykes in the songs as well.

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Utterly glorious

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Strong from start to finish. A lot of soul and emotion in the songs. 5/5

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lovely!

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I see we're moving the emotional devastation to a Tuesday instead. What a powerful album, and Four Women will surely stay with me for a very long time.

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ta bonito. um classico

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Beautiful voice. Magically odd collection of songs. Highly influential tracks, often sampled in modern pop/hip hop.

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Like being a 7 year old on a long ride with me dad again. Good shit here.

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Literally WTF. why haven't I heard some of these songs before - they are spellbinding. I have of course enjoyed Nina Simone songs before, but some of these are masterpieces. I'm in love with 'If I should lose you' and 'what more can I say'.. the piano playing, the lyrics, the chord progressions. 6/5

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A no brainer!! Musical genius, the most uniquely perfect voice, a journey of an album. I really experienced the album, listened to it a bunch of times. Absolute perfection!!!

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An incredible album. The voice. Dr Simone’s vocals are spellbinding. So crisp, clear and distinctive. A true milestone. And so far ahead of it’s time. Top tracks: Four Women, What more can I say?

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genial!

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Dramatic, passionate, soulful. Real, unfiltered music sung by an intense artist with something to say. Fuck off Lorde.

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Gorgeous jazz album. Loved hearing rap samples lol. You can hear the influence on r&b and pop ballads moving forward.

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This album blew me out of the water. Nina Simone's voice and delivery demands attention. It is textured, deep (contralto), and arresting. Everything about this album is striking down to the socially conscious lyrics. This is one of those albums that make me understand the simple power the human voice can have.

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Maravilhoso! Delicado e vigoroso.

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Beautiful music. Great blues as always from Nina.

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Super!

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Gostei muito, principalmente porque ela tem umas músicas mostrando o sofrimento feminino.

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This is good enough to keep my comments on me and just give it 5 stars

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🤠

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Brilliant.

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phenomenal album, every song is so beautiful and moving, hitting in a totally different way what an incredible way to spend 40 minutes, please listen to this spectacular, 10/10 album

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Lindão demais!!!

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Love. Listened to at dusk in my mountain home. Sun setting on the opposite side of the house. The valley growing dark. Cloud rising. Hinze Dam shimmering in the fading light. Perfection

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Ooh 'Nina Simone' on seeing this come up became very 'oh wow' when you stop and take on tunes like 'Four Women'. She's truly unique, and truly special.

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Wantlist

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I’m screaming

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This is just so stunningly good, a powerful album in every way. The album is a brief 39 minutes, but it's so rich and soulful. It feels more substantial than anything you could fit in 39 minutes, and yet not nearly long enough. I'm still turning over in my mind the fact that this album is comprised of leftover songs (!) from previous albums. Nina Simone's leftovers outshine the best songs of other artists. Fave Songs (All songs, in order from most to least favorite): Wild Is the Wind, Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair, Four Women, If I Should Lose You, What More Can I Say, Why Keep On Breaking My Heart, Lilac Wine, Either Way I Lose, I Love Your Lovin' Ways, That's All I Ask, Break Down and Let It All Out

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How does one woman kick so much ass?

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The wonderful Ms Simone. First became aware of her in the early 80's when a girlfriend introduced me to "My Baby Just Cares For Me" before it was a hit due to the Chanel No 5 advert! Her voice is visceral and speaks loudly of her struggles and battles with her mental health. I love these songs "Four Women" and "Wild Is The Wind" (Which I think is, at least as good as Bowies interpretation) are my favourite tracks. A good choice for this list I think.

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Surprisingly good!

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Starts strong but gets boring

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Calmo, envolvente e melancólico. 8.5/10

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Não é o tipo de coisa que eu escutaria todo dia, mas definitivamente um álbum que me impressionou. Alem de ser de um estilo e uma gravação completamente diferente das coisas que eu costumo ouvir, um destaque total pra voz, e também pras letras. A gravação pela época, me impressionou bastante.

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I think this is an album a lot of people can enjoy. A powerful voice making powerful songs, great album 8/10

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beautiful!!

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Dejligt album med nogle enkelte svipsere, men meget stemgningsfyldt og nøgent

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4

Decent album but a very passionate and emotional delivery

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<3

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Very emotional

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Nina Simone was a gift to the Earth and we didn't deserve her. MY NAME IS PEACHES. RIP Queen. Hopefully this isn't the only Nina album on this list.

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4

What a voice.

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I liked this album a lot and this one makes sense as to why it it on the list. Will have to dig deeper into her extensive catalog.

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Beautiful voice, very nice production.

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Soothing and beautiful

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What a voice. Damn this album is decent even though I don't like Jazz that much.

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Első dal után kicsit sablonos jazz albumnak gondoltam, ami a második szám első felében is megmaradt. Aztán... A Four Women vége lenyűgöző (Stars flashbackek, khm, Bojack Horseman), pláne kombinálva a What more can I say-jel, majd a Lilac Wine közölte, mennyire iszonyatosan változatos lesz ez az egész lemez. Break down and let it all out annyira energikus, Nina hangja mindent elvisz, csak sajnos kicsit túl hirtelen lesz vége. Why keep on breaking my heart kimondottan gyenge, a címadó dal áriázása sem illik a fejemben Nina Simonéről kialakult képhez, viszont ennek ellenére megmutatja, mennyire sokszínű és sokműfajú tud lenni. Mondjuk a Black is the colour of my true love's hair cégére már szeretnék visszatérni a Break Down energikusságához. A legutolsó dal talán kicsit visszahozott belőle, de összességében a lemez második fele csalódás. Ennek ellenére így is került több dal is a csillagozott listámra.

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I would like to listen again when paying closer attention. Some fun songs and some good ballets.

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Surprisingly clean and modern sound. Perfect background sound for a dinner wirh family and friends.

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Great, diverse album. Good blues, R&B, amazing vocals. Great intro into Nina for me

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Her voice sounds old. You really feel like she's going through some shit. It took a second listening for me to recognize that a lot of the instrumentation was pretty modern. Some of it, like WKOBMH, sounds kinda movie score-ish, which is cool, but there are neat guitar riffs, Cool drum pieces, and even some cool showtune harmonies. Favorite Songs: Four Women What more can I say - My slow song of choice for this album. Lilac Wine Break Down and Let it All out Why Keep on Breaking My Heart

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I Love Your Lovin' Ways Four Women What More Can I Say? Break Down and Let It All Out

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false

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Nina Simone has such an expressive voice and tells stories to powerfully. I was expecting a lot from this album, and was expecting more than I got somehow. But after listening to the album a couple times I realized that part of what makes these songs special is their depth - I could probably listen 100 times and still have something to learn from them.

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cool cool cool

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super d'atmosfera. adatto in certi momenti. lento lento lento. altri tempi

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Stunning voice, a pleasure to listen to. Especially loved 'Wild is the Wind'. I do wonder why this record is on the list but not one with more of her hits like 'I put a spell on you'.

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Smoky jazz club vibes - I was unfamiliar with most of these songs, so that was a bonus! Fave track - "Four Women" - powerful stuff, great crescendo!

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Wow, coming full circle with Nina Simone. Our very first album on this list, Station to Station, featured Bowie's cover of "Wild is the Wind," and here we are at the source (well not exactly, but a source for Bowie's cover). We also heard Jeff Buckley's cover of "Lilac Wine," which I didn't realize until today. Nina Simone has one of the most haunting, affecting voices to ever grace a mic. She can communicate levels of pain you never knew were possible. So many tracks on here that stop me in my tracks. Loved hearing "Four Women," sampled by Jay-Z and later, to devastating effect, by Pusha T. And the title track is such a powerful song, made more moving by Nina's lyrical revisions: "You touch me, I hear the sound of mandolins. You kiss me, with your kiss my life begins." I still think I prefer the structure and composition of the Cat Power cover, but Nina's voice is undeniable. Loved this one. Favorite tracks: Wild is the Wind, Four Women, Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair, Lilac Wine. Album art: Nothing crazy, but the pink and black color combo is one of the best. The font and art style definitely put this in the '60s, but it feels timeless. 4.5/5

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3.9* very soulful album, a few songs were sampled in other songs throughout the years including the story of oj by jay z

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A good blues with a great voice is always welcomed

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Imacilate vibes Molly is wrong

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When it comes to older music, this is what I like. Much better than Tex and the Sad Cowboys chasing tiger tails. Nina sings with such heart and has such a strong presence just in the microphone. I liked some songs more than others but having never listened to one of her albums before (only singles) I can say I really enjoyed this. I also love the album cover, the hot pink really sticks out.

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Nina Simone is acclaimed for a reason

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Buen disco de Soul

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powerful, deep, and energetic. Super good album, but towards the end there were a bit more questionable songs

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Love it

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Powerful.

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I really like this. Wasn't expecting to.

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Arguably behind Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan in jazz singing terms but still an amazing artist. Couple of songs fell flat for me but Four Women alone will earn this a solid score

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Nina Simone is a master of words, summoning vivid imagery and commanding you hear them with her soulful voice. The band is simply there to reinforce these things, but that's not to downplay their role! Everything works together in wonderful tandem to set a high bar for vocal jazz and soul music. Simone has one of the greatest voices, doing these songs great justice. The only complaint is that the hard-hitting songs on here (Four Women, Wild is the Wind) are watered down by the more forgettable ones, making the album weaker as a whole.

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One of the greats. If you don't like her, you don't like music. Mix of blues, soul and jazz. BT: I Love Your Lovin' Ways, Lilac Wine, Wild Is The Wind

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Mooie nummers met veel emotie gebracht. Erg rustgevende muziek

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great

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Good but a bit wharbly in places

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A wonderful voice and occasionally the cliche of an album “taking you somewhere” is true, no more so in this case

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A wonderful voice and occasionally the cliche of an album “taking you somewhere” is true, no more so in this case

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Her voice grabs hold of you and doesn’t let go until she’s finished saying what she needs to say. And what she has to say is overwhelming. A beautiful album, heartbreaking and wonderful.

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Classic!

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Oh boy. I like Nina Simone, but I've only listened to under 50% of her discography - so it's great to add another album to my collection. Got to say, this is a weird choice as the ONLY Simone album on the 1001 list. Why not Little Girl Blue, High Priestess of Soul, or Nina Simone Sings the Blues - all three of which are more iconic? Wild is the Wind seems to be a collection of leftover tracks from other album sessions, and was out of print for many years. Having said that, it's really good! The style range from folk to blues to soul to jazz. Mostly ballads, but a few upbeat tracks. Love songs sit alongside tales of suffering. All held together by her smouldering voice with its dramatic flare. It might be a little miscellaneous, but it's certainly a good sampler of her talent.

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Lovely

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ну ниче так, если хочется хочется черную смелую женщину. Break Down And Let It All Out по вокалу напомнило Call My Name Вана Моррисона. В целом положительно вполне, но не сильно прям увлекает, 7 с натяжечкой

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Heartbreaking.

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Feels very true to her.

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Really enjoyed this one and always wanted to check it out

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Little rough, woman can sing though and the lyrics are powerful and strong. They seem very important racially.

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Great album. It is classic jazz; not my favorite genre.

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A truly talented singer. Her voice is unique & powerful. It’s what makes her sound so great. Her lyrics paint a vivid picture in every song

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Algunas se parecen mucho, pero en general es un disco hermoso

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Beautiful music, amazing voice.

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Rating: 8/10 Best songs: Four women, Lilac wine, Break down and let it all out

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A classic.

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Had no idea she sang Lilac Wine. Very cool.

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very good, classic.

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Awesome! Nina is under appreciated appreciated

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This is nice. Great vocal performance, stand out. Faves: Lilac Wine, Break Down, Wild, If I Should Lose You

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First listen for me, some epic crescendos. Love the bass voices on Either way I lose.

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Big fan of Nina Simone's style. I first heard of her back in the late 1980s. She had a hit song, "My Baby Just Cares for Me" when I was living in Europe. I had no idea it was an "old" song at the time. I never heard of her. Then I realized that I had an LP of her's that I got in a box of LPs I found at a garage sale. The Album was "Baltimore". Not one of her best, but had a couple of very good, likable songs. I started listening more to her, but had never really listened to this album until now. Stand Outs: Four Women Wild is the Wind

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Wonderful lyrics and a supreme singer. An authentic voice expressing the social frustrations of black America whilst remaining bound with the personal.

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Groovy, superb and above all Nina Simone’s impeccable voice makes Wild Is The Wind a beautiful album

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This is my first time ever listening to Nina Simone. Her voice was certainly not what I was expecting, though it is compelling. This is not particularly my thing (I'm not enamored with jazz vocalists overall), but I think it's good. There's something ineffable about her voice and the lyrics she conveys. I also felt like the album got stronger as it went 4/5

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Maravillosa Nina Simone. Buen álbum para un sábado 💚

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Her voice grabs hold of you and doesn’t let go until she’s finished saying what she needs to say. And what she has to say is overwhelming. A beautiful album, heartbreaking and wonderful.

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"But boy I want you to know I wouldn't ask you to hold back the light of dawn baby That's too much to ask to anyone" (That's all I ask) "You touch me I hear the sound of mandolins" (Wild is the wind) Reina <3

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A surprising range of styles and there's always that voice...

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MY NAME IS PEACHES

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Mediocre jazz

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The begging is intensive and interesting

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Ero partito un po' prevenuto con questo disco avendo visto l'anno e sentendo il primo pezzo. Conoscevo Nina Simone solo di nome (sicuramente avrò sentito qualche suo pezzo in giro). Mi sono sicuramente dovuto ricredere, questo album mi è arrivato molto e l'ho trovato molto autentico. Questo jazz '60 malinconico alla Julie London mi conquista abbastanza in generale ma la voce di Nina Simone è davvero particolare, molto espressiva ed estremamente tecnica (come spesso era all'epoca). I pezzi hanno tutti un qualche elemento che li caratterizza a livello compositivo o di arrangiamento e devo dire che i 38 minuti sono volati. Un 4 pieno.

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Fabulous voice and wonderful songwriting.

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Great album. Never listened to Simone before, but now I'm more curious about her other work. Favorites: Four Women, What More Can I Say?, Wild is The Wind

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True Rating: 75/100

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Second Listen. Love it. Four Women is amazing. 4/5

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3.5 beautiful

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Nina's control over her voice and ability to push emotion is amazing. The arrangements behind her only compliment the songs. Favorite tracks: "Four Women", "Why Keep On Breaking My Heart", "If I Should Lose You"

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Pretty solid! I'd only heard small snippets of Nina Simone before this album, and I didn't think I'd like it much, because I expected it to all sound like the title track. But I was pleasantly surprised. Dips towards the end, but very good!

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Very good, I liked this a lot. Nina Simone never disappoints.

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Wow. Them vocals. Those feels. Loved.

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Beautiful, stark and at times confronting album. A surprise for me, knowing only Nina Simone's more popular work as I was expecting smooth jazz

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Love Nina Simone! She has such a rich, unique, haunting voice!

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She is excellent

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Really good stuff

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Overall great! 5 songs out of 11 I really liked. All are solid, but the other 6 either blended together or just built up and don’t go anywhere or have any noticeable distinctions throughout the whole songs

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Pretty nice. Good music, great voice. Couldn't see this as much more than background music though.

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Stunning voice, great variety!

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Critically, a very good album. I just don't think I'll ever listen to it again.

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Classic voice. Had not heard this album before, loved the variety of moods. 4.5/5

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There are very few wonders of the world that can match Nina Simone's all-encompassing voice. Full of melancholy beauty from the lyrics brought to life by her stellar performance, Wild Is The Wind is likely her definitive work, and it deserves that title. The accompanying piano on most of these spare, stripped-down tracks perfectly matches her. A great album with some slight filler.

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Wonderful. Beautiful voice and piano. 4 women really stuck out to me lyrically

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A pianist. A vocalist. The song Four Women is impactful. Looking forward to hearing more of her music.

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- Não tem uma música ruim - Um perigo ouvir essa de coração partido - O cover do Bowie ficou maravilhoso

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This album is magical. I guess it's jazz adjacent, but it sounds like its own thing. Her vocals are strong, real, and passionate. Four Women, especially is a stand out example of Simone's talent, ability, and presence. Break Down and Let it All Out is also great!

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Замечательная музыка на все времена. Нина Симон - однозначно, классика, которую стоит порекомендовать, чтобы провести задумчивый вечер.

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J’aime beaucoup sa voix. Elle est particulièrement bonne dans les balades avec les passages très doux. J’aime moins son trémolo, mais elle n’en abuse pas (sauf peut-être dans If I Should lose you). C’est pas un album à écouter n’importe quand, mais le matin avec une paire d’écouteurs, ça passe vraiment bien. Le piano dans Wild is the Wind est vraiment intéressant. Pièce favorite: Four Women et mention aussi pour Break Down And Let it out

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Ahh Nina Simone. What a godly voice. This album proves she is one of the best. Powerful songs and a powerful voice. 4.5/5

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Este disco es una obra de arte en muchos niveles, que aunque no lo tendría en mi rotación frecuente, sí reconozco que es una chulada: las canciones por sí mismas son muy muy buenas y los arreglos que se aventaron son impecables. La voz de Nina Simone es siempre atinada al montón de feeling y de intención que las canciones necesitan y en general el disco se va como agua. Me atrevo a ponerle dos peros: prácticamanete no tiene ni una canción que sea "alegre" o al menos un poco menos nostálgica que todo el disco, y la que tiene es tantito más positiva es confusa porque parece una oda al complejo de Electra: "What More Can I Say?"

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Puro sufrimiento puro. Gran voz de Nina que transmite dolor en cada palabra que canta. Songs: Four Women, If I Should Lose You, Lilac Wine

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Simone’s utterly fascinating vocals had me completely ignoring the instrumentals, which, on subsequent listens really came to fruition as a powerful complement. The soft touch of the keys behind her vibrato on “If I Should Lose You” into the climax is *chefs kiss*. Combined with Simone’s interesting lyrics? We got a stew goin’ here… The arrangements are also really great, from the orchestral to the jazzy to the pop, Wild is the Wind resides in an interesting overlap of styles without feeling incoherent or lacking. 4

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I own plenty of soul records, but I somehow have yet to buy any Nina Simone. Should really rectify that. This would be a good one to start with, since it has some of her best performances. I can understand how her husky voice is not for everyone, but I admire how raw and commanding she sounds. Not every song is a banger, and some parts drag, but this is still damn fine stuff. B

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Nina's leftovers are way better than many others' first-choice albums.

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I have yet to find a Nina Simone album that I haven't liked. And yet, with a nod to Alan Partridge and his favourite Beatles album, I tend to find myself just going back to "The Best of Nina Simone"

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A classic album by a great songstress.

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Overall I liked this, but honestly I am shocked that a) Nina Simone has only one album in the top 1000, and b) that album is not Pastel Blues. I mean, if only for Sinnerman....or Strange Fruit. I think there are a few albums could be cut from the list and make for this and Pastel Blues. Both albums, recorded in the 60s still resonate and sound fresh today.

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Nina's got such a haunting voice

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A phenomenal vocal performance

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Un 4 porque es la Simone, pero demasiadas canciones lentas.

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Everything is peereless except some of the songwriting is a bit basic

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I’ve never listened to Nina Simone before but liked this album.

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Amazing voice that pulls you into the songs and music

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Nina Simone's unique voice and fusion of jazz piano with more maybe Blues? Inspireret sound makes for a quite delightful album. She has a way of drawing you in with her voice and the it definitely grew on me (initially her deeper voice almost sounds manlike). Standouts are Four Women, describing how women with different skin colours at different times have been oppressed, and the sad Lilac Wine

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A strong voice and a great singer!

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A nice, enjoyable, and relaxing album all the way through. Would definitely throw on again, even though it doesn’t necessarily have any of the hits that I know.

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Listened to on 4/29/22 4/5 Favorite song: wild is the wind, why keep on breaking my heart Nina is incredibly soulful and sings absolutely beautifully and so passionately in this album. It’s soulful and the perfect vibes for a rainy day

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What an amazing woman. Just seeped into my mind and body, her voice and her piano. Four classics but only one song written by her which is a suprise. Those were the days I guess.

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not too bad, definitely not my preferred style but it was good kinda background music jazz. will probably never listen again though lol

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It was good. Nice and mellow and jazzy.

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Vild vokal, jazz/blues, lækker klaver. Standout: Four Women

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Voz intensa e inesquecível. Destaques para: Four Women, Lilac Wine e Black is the Colour...

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Bit heavy going

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Liked it. Lilac wine was too slow for my liking. Not music to listen to while working.

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It a album you need to be in the mood for

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It's fine. I wasn't totally in the mood which didn't help. I've listened to her material before and enjoyed it though.

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Not something I'd normally listen to but enjoyable.

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3-4

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I imagine Four Women would've hit pretty hard back then, sad that it is equally relevant today. Black is the colour of my true love's hair was great.

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A well known name for me. But I had never listend to an album of her. It was pleasant to listen to.

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I can appreciate Nina Simone, but it doesn't really do a ton for me.

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nice one nina.

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Erg rustig, een soundbite uit dit album komt terug in de muziek van logic

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I feel…ambivalent about this one? Like, I sort of like the music, but I also sort of find her voice annoying. And the slightly obsessive part of me was really annoyed by the “lie-lock” wine song.

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Beautiful stuff. The really jazzy songs are the best. 7/10

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Some interesting lyrics (a tad rambly), glimpses of life as a black woman in the US '60. Good musical variety. "I love your loving ways" stands out. "Four women" is trying to tell a story, but the "my name's" shtick makes it kinda forced.

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Not my type

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Not my favorite :(

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It's a decent album of jazz singing, but it's nothing exceptional.

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false

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La primer canción me dio una idea de como seria el album pero luego se volvió mas lento. Chingon el impacto que debe tener este album socialmente hablando.

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never listened to her before (other than a single track n the wireless) - quite good

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gran voz

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Highlight: Break Down and Let It All Out.

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It begins in the most amazing way with first two tracks... but after that it evolves in a good r&b blues album, but not outstanding.

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pleasant

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I've always liked her since first hearing her; let's see how this album resonates with me; might just be a 3, with a couple of extra-good songs -- not sure that the overall will be enough to get to 4. She's a good singer and has killer emotion, but the tunes and rhythms in the first 4 songs don't do much for me. Overall, a lot of her stuff doesn't do much for me, but the songs that do resonate, hit like a ton of bricks. 3/5.

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One of my favorite things about this generator is that I get to discover a number of samples I didn't know about beforehand - Four Women being one of them. Also, the Bowie album we got earlier has a cover of this album's title song, which is cool. Only listened to this album once cause I'm a little behind but I liked it a good bit Saved: Four Women

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I do like Nina Simone, but this album isn't her best. Still enjoyable though, even if I'd rather listen to her earlier stuff

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Beautiful, soulful voice, not really my cup of tea though.

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It's good, but prefer Jeff Buckley's version of 'Lilac wine' and Greg's version of 'Black is the colour'.

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if i didn't know she was playing the piano and singing together i'd have been a little underwhelmed with this album, but the mad piano skillz while singing is some seriously impressive stuff. however, its not really my bag so i'd be surprised if i listen again.

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Sad

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Mostly nice singing. Songs are a reasonable length.

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i see how it’s influential but i’m ngl i didn’t really enjoy listening

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Solid album, not my style. 3/5

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Talented singer, I like the slower and more heartfelt music. However, it is not my style

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E određene stvari od Nine jako jako volim, al nisam nikada baš komplet album poslušao, tako ni sad, prekinuh na pola, j e b i g a.

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Ovo je prvi puta da se susrećem sa Ninom Simone u cijelosti, mislivši da cijeli album idem slušati. I što sam čuo je zapravo dosta dobar album, znao sam otprilike u šta se upuštam. Po ovome što sam čitao, gledao i pratio, ovo je više-manje kolekcija njenih pjesama skupljen u album. Na albumu se osjeti jako dobar jazz plus piano koji zna odskakat i pokazat da je najjači instrumental na ovom albumu. Naime iako je više-manje kolekcija pjesama, isto tako je i dosta cover pjesama na ovom albumu. Four Women sam odmah čuo u glazbi da me podsjeća na jednu stvar za koju se koristio taj sample i dobro sam čuo (Jay-Z - The Story of OJ). Break Down and Let It All Out isto jedna dobra stvar, Wild is the Wind je tako divan instrumental zajedno sa glasom za uživati u noćnom društvu uz kamin i eventualno koja čašica dobrog brendija.

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Yep. Sounded exactly like I expected it would. Great stuff, but not generally to my taste.

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Soulful

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fairly generic sounding soul, not sure if this was revolutionary at the time and loads of stuff copied it, or if it was never all that

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Love her voice, especially some of the material with a bit more grit to them. Good to listen to a couple times, but didn't grab me.

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Reminds me of the officers club for some reason.

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Four Women. Truly spectacular.

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Four Women

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Passionate voice overlaying smooth jazz. Offers a strong social commentary, especially with "Four Women", and I love how the mood gets increasingly tense. My favorite track is "Break Down and Let It All Out". Jazz is fun and varies from track to track but nothing to write home about.

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I get why people would like this, powerful voice, meaningful lyrics, emotional music. Just not my thing really.

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Pretty damn beautiful record. Closer to a 3.5

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Classic rock, pop and blues

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Nice easy Listening. Nothing more nothing less. 3/5

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gentle, many hits in others

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Dope and relaxed. Alto? Control her voice well. Great piano work.

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Probably not something I'll ever go back to but I liked the sound.

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nice piano and voice dude in last song made me laugh

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-I like the speed pick-ups in "Break Down And Let It All Out" -I like all the cool stuff happening in "Either Way I Lose" -Very nice piano and great singing. Very high quality, just not really my style

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Non conoscendola, mi aspettavo una Nina Simone diversa! Si è rivelata un'esperienza piacevole. Soprattutto per le dinamiche del suo pianoforte. L'album in sé l'ho trovato un po' lento, soprattutto verso la fine, pur essendo soli 38 minuti.

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I like Nina Simone, I like her voice a lot. But at the same time, none of the songs in this particular album truly move me.

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There were some moments I actually really loved, and some I didn't care as much for. Very classy and soulful. A lot of excellent piano that impressed me. Worth a re-listen. Lilac wine is a classic

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I did like some of these songs, but I just don't think I'm much of a fan of Nina Simone's voice.

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The instrumentals of this album are so so good- smooth, relaxing. This is not an album to listen to when you want to get amped up, but definitely to relax. It’s not an album I would listen to over and over but still a solid album.

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Interesting for the period

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not bad

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55a vana album. Aeglane jazz/r&b. Üsna nauditav.

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Es bonito y la voz de Nina es increíble. Me ha gustado descubrir una versión de "Lilac Wine" que solo conocía en la versión de Jeff Buckley. Para volver a escucharlo tranquilamente.

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אלבום נחמד למוזיקת רקע לישיבה בערב למשל אבל אני פחות אוהבת ג’אז אז חלק מהשירים לא התחברתי

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3.5...this one holds up really well and is good easy listening.

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Very fun blues 12 bar/ jazz album. Kinda really enjoyed Four Women, lyrically amazing and works so well. Rest of the album didn’t enjoy as much. Still alright though.

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Some classic soul, with touches of baroque-pop around the edges. Her voice's timbre can change quite drastically from song to song, which I found quite interesting.

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Nina Simone had a crazy-unique voice - at times sounding very deep and masculine and then others where she could reach the high notes with such power (e.g. ending of "Four Women"). Very compelling. The music is at times not terribly interesting to me but the best songs are really good, much of the first 5 or 6 especially - it's interesting as a fan of Jeff Buckley to hear this. There's the obvious connection with "Lilac Wine" which he covered on his debut album but more than that in listening to this album you can hear how much he copped from her in terms of vocal style. Nothing wrong with that but when I hear praise for Buckley's vocals it bears remembering where it came from. Interesting to read that "Four Women" was actually banned due to the lyrics which makes me like it even more. I'm less partial to some of the slower jazz-vocal cuts (e.g. "Wild Is The Wind") and steer more towards the first half of the album and bluesier songs. 7/10 3 stars - I'm sure if vocal jazz was more of my thing I'd have given this at least a 4 but it's definitely worth listening to by all.

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a little too retro but i like the throwback cover

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Enjoyable

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I have heard of Nina Simone, but I don't know if I've ever heard any of her music. Most of the album was good. "I Love Your Lovin' Ways" and "Lilac Wine" might be worth a re-listen. The second half of the album, was less enjoyable. Simone sings a few of the tracks with enough vibrato in her voice that I began asking myself if I didn't like this album. It was good to finally hear some music from Simone. Rounding up gives this album 3 stars.

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2/12/2022 Today's Album: "Wild Is The Wind" by Nina Simone - The bluesy opener I Love Your Loving Ways is a bouncy track to kick off this classic record. Being a 1966 blues record, one might expect this album to be riddled with genre clichés and a lack of innovation, but that is not the case. The song Four Women takes each verse to take the perspective of a woman being taken advantage of or in a position of vulnerability and the slow grooving piano tune in the back creates a somber and mysterious atmosphere for the story to take place in. What More Can I Say is a slow love ballad that feels like the perfect song to slow dance to as the vinyl player crackles in the background. The instrumentals on these tracks are minimalistic and subtle, but serve the exact purpose they need to in each track. The track Lilac Wine is an emotional and slow expression of unsteadiness and continued feelings of vulnerability. It is a very powerful track while never getting too loud or dramatic. That's all I ask is another great track. I love the repeated "nobody"s and the vocal performances borders on Sinatra levels of pomp and circumstance. The rest of the tracks sort of follow this trend. They all have an extremely solid instrumental foundation without having really too much in the mix and Nina's vocals are the shining star atop every track. I really like this album and I think a lot of tracks are perfect slow dancing material. The production leaves a tad bit to be desired, but the tunes are great and theres a ton of talent across the 11 tracks on this record. If you like 60s soul and blues, this is a record for you. Score: 7.5 Great Highlights: Lilac Wine, That's All I Ask, Break Down And Let It All Out, If I Should Lose You

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Highlight: Break Down and Let It All Out.

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Nina is an insane singer- powerful and emotive. I really like her as well as the jazz instrumental backing

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I mean, this is not my type of music, but I can see how it would make the list.

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I like some of these songs, but others are a little too down-tempo for my tastes.

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Some great vocals and enjoyable soul, but there are a little too many slow jams for my taste.

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I listened through this twice and there are nice songs and some that are not so great for me. I think overall, it was a good listen, but not necessarily something I'd come back to. Sorry, Nina. 3/5

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Nina Simone has such a great characteristic voice for jazz. I'm only familiar with a few of her songs, so this entire album was new to me. Most of these songs were decent, though not many of them really stuck with me. This slow, vocal jazz style is something I enjoy putting on in the background but not always actively listening to.

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Very calming and Their voice was soothing. Not sure if I’d listen to it again but was a decent album overall

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Loved the sound of this, across the board. Her voice was great.

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5/10. Maybe worth a 6/10, but not very memorable.

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Good album with great singing and music. Not really what I'm after today, but good shit. Particularly enjoyed Either Way I Lose

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Aika uninen, en tykänny.

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Täti painanu joku 10 levyä vuodessa ulos. Jokseenkin ei voi välttyä ajatukselta, että määrä korvaa laadun? Varmasti toimivaa musaa jollekin, itselle ei näin isoina kerta-annoksina.

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Not my type of album/10

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I know that Simone is an incredible singer, but I just wasn't a fan of this at all.

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I am sure this is a really great record but it's just not what my earholes find overly pleasurable.

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2.5

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Just didn't grab me Nina. I'm sorry Nina Simone, you just didn't grab me. Also, 'my name is........ PPPEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAACCCCCHHHHHEEEESSSSSSS

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Ok I guess.

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Good Album to put on in the background... Not much interested in listening on the regular though

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Not really for me. Each song sounded the same and a little too depressive but not in a good way.

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Like the music and some of the lyrics, but it's not my style. Some songs feel very similar.

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It's a nice album but Nina's work isn't really my thing. She's talented. 5/10.

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Buena voz. No me ha llenado especialmente.

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4

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no es de mi gusto, pero la música es buena

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Apparently this is an album made up of left over bits from other recording sessions, and it sounds like it. Generally it's quite nice, but a bit lacking in cohesion and some of the tracks sound a bit unfinished. I'm also not overly keen on her voice. Sure its objectively great, just not to my taste.

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I liked Ms. Simone's version of Lilac Wine, but that was about it. Otherwise, not my cup of tea.

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Not my type. Sweet voice though

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Saved Prior: None Off Rip: Four Women, Either Way I Lose Cutting Edge: Lilac Wine Overall Notes: Good music, just not my kind of thing. I'm glad this exists, but it's not meant for me.

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My own personal taste is that I don't like her voice I'm afraid, some solid songs though but found it tough listening

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Quite liked it. Perfect music if you’re sitting in a nice bar but I don’t think I’d want to play this at home again.

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Great voice and interesting selections but not a fan

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Not my thing

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Don't really like vocal albums

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Pas mon style préféré de Nina Simone.

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Only a couple of songs are strong to me. The lyrics are very romantic, the voice of Nina Simone is amazing, but that's it. The album have a lot of weaknesses, really far from her best work as an album, maybe because it's made of leftovers from other sessions and compiled into this.

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Not my thing

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I'm sure this is great but it wasn't working for me when I tried to listen.

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Recently, I was watching Jett (an entertaining Carla Gugino vehicle) and Simone's cover of Save Me was featured, touted as clearly superior to Aretha's! Apparently, in the last 10 years or so, the arbiters of the zeitgeist decided that anyone who thinks Nina Simone is dank is suitably fetch. Since even entertaining the idea that Nina Simone is superior to the Queen of Soul is a particularly nauseating example of cultural revisionism, and I've never been favorably impressed by Nina Simone to begin with, I was reluctant to waste 45 minutes that I would never get back by listening to this album. Surprisingly, it isn't completely horrible. True, Simone doesn't have an especially impressive instrument, a definite liability in a musical era that was littered with tremendous R&B vocalists. Her pitch wobbles, the timbre of her voice is borderline unpleasant, and her vibrato is irritating. Several of the arrangements are dated, and frankly are pretty rank even for the time. But Simone is capable of expressing and communicating feelings through her admittedly limited vocals. And I was moved by her lyrics on Four Women. It is obvious to me, even being completely ignorant about Simone's personal life, that Simone brings emotional authority to her interpretations, and a willingness to bare her soul. That is not nothing. Still, putting this album on any kind of list? Come on now. Really?

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Legendary voice. Legendary woman.

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Melodietjes klinken wel lekker, de muziek is goed uitgevoerd en de zang is zuiver. Dat is top! Maar ook al vind ik de up-tempo (soul-achtige) nummers heel erg leuk, de rustige (meer jazzy) nummers vind ik een beetje saai. Helaas heeft dit album vooral veel van die rustige nummers :-(. Daarnaast gaat de aparte stem van Nina naar verloop van tijd ook wat vervelen. Dus als ik dit hele album moet beoordelen, vind ik het niet zo heel geweldig. Mijn favorieten "I Love Your Loving' Ways", "Break Down And Let It All Out" en "Either Way I lose". **

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She’s got a great voice, but it’s not really my thing.

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Could be a lot better

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I'm not sure what happened... started off strong, the lyrical power of "Four Women" was awesome, and of course "Lilac Wine" but then I just felt on edge and anxious for the second half. Also not my typical jam.

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Damn near put me back to sleep. Had some nice melodies and was relaxing but not a good morning album.

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Not for me, was ok

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I’m sorry I just didn’t like it. the first few songs were alright then it slowed down and lengthened and just was not appeasing to me in any way. I think she has a really good voice but just not my type of music.

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The idea is clearer than the execution here - Simone strives to tackle some weighty issues on this one, but the arrangements are just too sparse to make things feel cohesive enough

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aight

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Kolejny czarny album, wiec nadal hameryka, tym razem wylosowalo soulowo jazz, ktory momentami jest tak niebieski, ze az do zludzenia bluesowy, a to wszystko na szostym studyjnym krazku Pani Niny z roku 66, nie kojarze za bardzo jej nazwiska i tak samo glosu, ktory kojarzy mi sie jedynie z chappelles show nie wiem czemu, na 38 minutowej plycie wiekszosc kawalkow to covery popularnych klasykow gatunku i tradycyjnymi czarnymi piesniami, jedyna autorska kompozycja jest four women, nigdzie nie ma zcreditowanej bandy wspomagajaca Pania Nine instrumentalnie. ale jest to dosc typowe granie dla czarnej muzyki popularnej lat 60, wiec brasy, drumsy, jakas gitarka, no i klawisze, zwlaszcza na drugiej stronie ktora ma utwory gdzie jedynym instrumentem potrafia byc klawisze, kawalki 8-11, wsrod nich jest wild is the wind, ktorego Bowie coverowal na station to station, pierwsza strona znowu momentami jest az funkowa jak otwierajacy i love your lovin ways, wiec o milosci w roznorakich stylach, jakos nie oczarowal mnie ten koncept i jego wykonanie, ale nie byl to wymeczony odsluch, na soulowa plejke leci thats all i ask

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Was fun to recognize the song Four Women as the sample used in Jay-Z's song Story of OJ.

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Not really into it. A lot of slow jazz songs. Favorites: I Love your Lovin’ Ways

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Can't do it. Really not my jam

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Too old for my taste

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Nope

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primeiro contato com um disco inteiro da Nina (eu sei, vergonhoso) - não esperava uma gravação boa assim, por se tratar de anos 60. Certamente, o melhor tratamento possível dado a gravação se tratando de uma cantora tão famosa e proeminente - não é meu costume gravações tão focadas na voz, mas a voz dela é bem chamativa e emocional mesmo, comanda uma atenção. Umas faixas aqui (I love your loving ways, wild is the wind, either way i lose) eu ainda vou ouvir algumas vezes, achei bem interessante, curti. É até difícil fazer comentários mais embasados pq é algo mto fora mesmo do q eu tenho costume de ouvir

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Ok, pretty chill but not my favorite

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