Reviews from Abroad
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“…a warm voice with a lot of passion, drive, soul and power” (daily newspaper Dagblad van het Noorden)
“(…) …A good, deep and versatile voice. A beautiful mix of known and less known pieces, approached in a surprising way” (five star review daily newspaper Tubantia).
“CD of the Week” in the Evening Standard, UK, February 11 th 2005.
“A very beautiful mixture of jazz, pop and soul” WAZ, Germany’s 3 rd newspaper,
“Incredibly beautiful. Not only because of Heleen’s inspiring voice, but also because of the superb accompaniment” (daily newspaper Tubantia)
“A combination of talent never seen before in jazzland. (…) Live as touching as on the album. Heleen is a long hidden treasure that seems to have come down from the highest rainforest giant in the world. A very beautiful voice, a convincing performance, authentic inspiration, lyrics that - as an exception- really have something to tell. Van den Hombergh stands for her music and manages to combine jazz, world music, soul and pop in an intriguing way into authentic songs in which the atmosphere of her beloved woods is perfectly evoked” (daily newspaper Gelderlander/Stentor ).
“Heleen’s a real double talent. (….) sparkling, versatile (…) Here sings a personality you can’t deny.” (Het Parool)
“Heleen has a full and warm voice, which is illuminated very well in “lazy, lazy” a song about the sloth, the laziest creature of the jungle. Warm, laid back, full of slow movements closely followed by bass player Tony Overwater.” (Jazz (Magazine)
“Heleen van den Hombergh’s Rush in the Woods is fully composed of originals, and reminds me of the best of Joni Mitchell. Intimate and tender, but also convincing and powerful.” (newspaper NRC Handelsblad).
“My discovery of the week is Heleen van den Hombergh. Her album leads us step by step through the jungle. (Rush in the Woods!) is in fact a musical documentary, with terriffic jazzy accompaniment and the hot and passionate sound of the jungle. Intriguing and exciting from H to h.(TROS teletekst )
“Listen to Heleen van den Hombergh and her beautiful accompaniment. All worries are gone for a moment. The music is played so well, and the meaningful lyrics sung so beautifully that listening becomes a real nature holiday” (Financieele Dagblad)
“Van den Hombergh and her united band members take each other to higher levels of performance…Van den Hombergh has an expressive voice (…) her singing is always emotional and the lyrics are universal. She found connections between the inhabitants of the jungle and human beings. That gives an interesting added value to this adventurous album (Heaven, popmagazine)
“A sincere singer with a voice of pure beauty. Honest, without mannerism, and tasteful. What’s more, she’s a good and original jazzcomposer, as prove the ten songs on this album. Highly recommended!” (Multi Music Magazine)