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Agnes Obel — Riverside
Album: Philharmonics
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7.5

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Total ratings: 949









Released: 2011
Length: 3:47
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Down by the river by the boats
Where everybody goes to be alone
Where you wont see any rising sun
Down to the river we will run

When by the water we drink to the dregs
Look at the stones on the river bed
I can tell from your eyes
You've never been by the riverside

Down by the water the riverbed
Somebody calls you somebody says
Swim with the current and float away
Down by the river everyday

Oh my God I see how everything is torn in the river deep
And I don't know why I go the way
Down by the riverside

When that old river runs pass your eyes
To wash off the dirt on the riverside
Go to the water so very near
The river will be your eyes and ears

I walk to the borders on my own
To fall in the water just like a stone
Chilled to the marrow in them bones
Why do I go here all alone

Oh my God I see how everything is torn in the river deep
And I don't know why I go the way
Down by the riverside
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ah, latest album on bandcamp.com
Stunning in concert. Make every effort to see her live. Piano, cello and violin. Captivating....
Her face is as lovely as her voice...

 
Her wondrous music is a pleasure to experience.  Most excellent 
 OHMish wrote:
Her (danish) name is pronounced Ouness Ouble
Not ACKness oBELL ;)

 
Thanks.Now I will start thinking about Ouness Ouble
Her (danish) name is pronounced Ouness Ouble
Not ACKness oBELL ;)
 This is pure magic. I've heard this one in Revenge TV-show. Love it! {#Music}
Bill. Thanks for introducing me to Agnes {#Music}
 {#Yes}Ginetta wrote:
{#Jump} Wow...!
 


{#Jump} Wow...!
Very nice tune...thanks
Delicate and nice tune
So good.
This song has been playing in my head ever since I heard it (yesterday, on PSD). Wow! ♥
More great and diverse music from Scandinavia.
Soo good, I love that sweet harmony  {#Daisy}
I always think this a Jesca Hoop song
 JepLeas wrote:
For those who need a smile from Agnes {#Angel} can find it here:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/kirkstauffer/5822812839/

 

She should smile more often. . . . or not.
She's REALLY got the Edie Brickell inflections down pat.... which is a GREAT compliment in my book! {#Notworthy}

nice...  love it...
 
A bit like Sophie Zelmani but not so good IMHO.
 lily34 wrote:
her head looks too big for her neck/shoulders.
 
Ha. I've thought the same thing. I think it's the vignette darker shoulder area that gives the illusion of narrow shoulders, where her head is brightly lit. Unfortunate since I got the same vibe seeing the cover art. Really like this and the other tune that gets played from this album.
First time hearing this, very pleasant modulation and a nice balance musically-good tune.       {#Music}
her head looks too big for her neck/shoulders.
 plaid wrote:
I was ambivalent about this song the first couple times I heard it. It's definitely growing on me, though.
 
It kinda gets its hooks into you, so to speak.
I was ambivalent about this song the first couple times I heard it. It's definitely growing on me, though.
For those who need a smile from Agnes {#Angel} can find it here:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/kirkstauffer/5822812839/
{#Good-vibes}Holder et lite øye med denne.. Håper den blir spillt igjen meget snart.

Even the lone female here is bored (yes chauvinistic comment)
 meinthecorner wrote:
First listen, and I'm liking it... but her album cover image just kills me. All I can see here is what appears to be a very strict boarding school mistress, perhaps with a studded belt in her hand (let's face it, by her expression here she's a no-foolin' around kinda' gal) ...
 



First listen, and I'm liking it... but her album cover image just kills me. All I can see here is what appears to be a very strict boarding school mistress, perhaps with a studded belt in her hand (let's face it, by her expression here she's a no-foolin' around kinda' gal) and she's just told her class "that's enough, children! any more trouble and someone's getting the strap!" Ouch!
Been there, done that. I guess some scars just don't heal.
I still like the song: a 7 for now.
These comments are hilarious.  But...seriously...I do like this one. 
Is it just me?  Sounds similiar to Ingrid Michaelson to me—and I like her!  This song is hauntingly beautiful.

As is this one from Ingrid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wBU_GgE3xc
This track is so amazingly average.
 Alexandra wrote:

She totally looks like Julie Andrews.

 
She sort of reminds me of Sofie Gråbøl, the lead actor in the excellent Danish TV detective drama, The Killing. Maybe it's their taste in jumpers, maybe their Danish sang-froid. I really, really like the spare minimalism of this song, and the way she sings it. 9 from the entranced yet spooked Nottingham jury.

Photo of main cast of The Killing

 chris_the_man wrote:
Her name,the music,her hair and clothes ,all horrible
 
I'm not sure how any of this, except for the opinion of the music, is relevant.

Her name,the music,her hair and clothes ,all horrible
 Alexandra wrote:

She totally looks like Julie Andrews.

 
I was thinking Sarah Jessica Parker.
Simply Amazing. Agnes Beautiful Voice and Catchy Harmony Just Takes You Away. Bought The Album, Thanks To RP{#Smile}  Joe The Bear

 cpw wrote:

Why anyone would dress an owl in a sweater is beyond me. Great song though!
 
Who?

nice revelation. thankyou rp!
My sincere apologies young lady, for a short while I thought this was a well-known lass with a similarly fine vocal........
Most excellent!
 cpw wrote:

Why anyone would dress an owl in a sweater is beyond me. Great song though!
 

 cpw wrote:

Why anyone would dress an owl in a sweater is beyond me. Great song though!
 


Must give her more of a listen. This is the first I've heard.
 Odyzzeuz wrote:
Pet peeve: Somewhere along the line all singers got together and decided the word ''thing'' doesn't really have a ''g'' at the end of it. Once you notice this, you hear it everywhere. It's just a little thin, but it bugs me.
 
I have heard that here and there, but not pervasively so.  This woman's pronunciation of English words probably has more to do with the fact that English was likely not her first language: she is Danish.

I'm hooked.
 toomanyollys wrote:

Good song. This discussion of owls gives me an excuse to post this, and give you all nightmares.

 

Oh, my. That was disturbing (I didn't notice the creature being gobbled up by the owl on the left until I was about to stop looking!). Can't say you didn't warn us.
Pet peeve: Somewhere along the line all singers got together and decided the word ''thing'' doesn't really have a ''g'' at the end of it. Once you notice this, you hear it everywhere. It's just a little thin, but it bugs me.
this is very pleasant...

Good song. This discussion of owls gives me an excuse to post this, and give you all nightmares.

weird owls




This song is good for the ears...

 
This sounds like it's based on a traditional melody. If not, she's written one of those songs that sounds as if it's always existed — like she's tapped into the human ethos. 
thanks for this Bill,my favorite song of 2010.
listening to RP today is like being in heaven.
 Alexandra wrote:

She totally looks like Julie Andrews.


 

Maybe a mug shot of Julie Andrews.  Love the song.

She totally looks like Julie Andrews.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjncyiuwwXQ

Fantastic song
Haunting video...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjncyiuwwXQ

 gypsyman wrote:
Her website is a picture of an owl. That pretty much explains everything.
 
Everything? Perhaps it just means that she's a hoot at parties :o)

I'll get me coat...

Her website is a picture of an owl. That pretty much explains everything.
 eswiley2 wrote:
Sometimes I wish RP was like my DVR — so I could rewind and listen again....{#Heartkiss}
 



I'm sure there's a place somewhere that sells this music. For the life if me I can't remember where though.
This has really grown on me. Just loving her voice today...
 socalhol wrote:

OMG.....was thinking the same thing myself
 
With just a touch of Princess Leah! ;-)  Nice ethereal sound.
 ziakut wrote:
A prettier Sarah Jessica Parker. Really like the tune.
 
OMG.....was thinking the same thing myself

Sometimes I wish RP was like my DVR — so I could rewind and listen again....{#Heartkiss}
 lassel wrote:
. . . I like it better with the owl.  
 
Words to live by.

See her in August in Kassel, Germany!
 scrubbrush wrote:
at first i thought this was cover Mad World by Gary Jules
 
at first i thought it was a Smashing Pumpkins cover


I wonder if she pronounces her given name "on yes," like one might if she were Spanish. . . ?
 
I heard this song come on and gasped in recognition. I checked and conclude I must bump it up to a 9 for its light folk vibe
 lassel wrote:
This is the "full" version of the coverimage. I like it better with the owl. 


 
Why anyone would dress an owl in a sweater is beyond me. Great song though!
 ziakut wrote:
A prettier Sarah Jessica Parker. Really like the tune.
 
LOL

Blandly beautiful
 
This is the "full" version of the coverimage. I like it better with the owl. 


 
Poacher wrote:

Agreed. . . nice it is. Unassuming and whimsical - what's not to like?

However, I think the image is a great portrait and far from awkward. 
 

A lovely song and voice. Almost stereotypically Scandinavian in its cool minimalism and spareness, of a kind with Anna Ternheim IMO. RP does have quite a 'thing' for Scandinavian artistes, and has brought us a wide range of singers and bands that otherwise I, for one, would never have heard of. A big thanks, as ever, to Bill and Becky for widening my musical horizons beyond the Anglo-Saxon world. 8 from the entranced Nottingham jury.
 kcar wrote:
This is rather nice, although it doesn't really stand out. The photo on the cover is...awkward. 
 
Agreed. . . nice it is. Unassuming and whimsical - what's not to like?

However, I think the image is a great portrait and far from awkward. 
A prettier Sarah Jessica Parker. Really like the tune.
at first i thought this was cover Mad World by Gary Jules
I rate this tune. Lovely...

blissful album!
{#Clap}

Flood of melancholy. No ebb tide. Nice!
Just love this song...{#Dance}
This is rather nice, although it doesn't really stand out. The photo on the cover is...awkward.