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Virna Lindt \ Shiver [TWI 195 / CD]


Les Disques du Crepuscule present an extended double disc reissue of Shiver, the acclaimed debut album by seminal Swedish pop artist Virna Lindt, originally released by The Compact Organisation in 1983.

Written and produced by Virna Lindt and Tot Taylor, Shiver offers 12 slices of chic orchestrated pop informed by 'foreign film' soundtracks, movie composers John Barry and Ennio Morricone, Modernist musique concrete and Cold War spy thrillers. The album spawned three singles: Attention Stockholm, Intelligence and I Experienced Love. For the most part Lindt provides the voiceover for her own narratives, occasionally striking reflective poses amid orchestral swells and multi-layered atmospherics; a clear influence on later acts such as Pulp, St Etienne, The Cardigans and Air.

This new edition of Shiver showcases acoustically-enhanced mixes prepared by Taylor and Lindt in 1997, augmented with non-album singles Model Agent and Young & Hip, and immaculate instrumental versions of key album tracks such as Underwater Boy and The Dossier on Virna Lindt. The extended tracklist also finds room for a leftfield cover of Windmills of Your Mind, originally written by Michel Legrand for The Thomas Crown Affair and recorded for the Crepuscule compilation album Moving Soundtracks.

Cover image by E.A. Janes. The 2xCD edition is housed in a 6 panel digipack with a 12 page booklet. The double vinyl set comes in a stylish gatefold sleeve and includes a free digital copy.

2xLP tracklist:

A1. Shiver
A2. I Experienced Love
A3. Pillow Talk
A4. Swedish Modern
A5. I Beat the System
A6. The Dossier on Virna Lindt
B1. Attention Stockholm
B2. Underwater Boy
B3. Letter to Sergei
B4. Intelligence
C1. Windmills of Your Mind
C2. Model Agent
C3. Young and Hip
C4. Man Talk
C5. Groom
C6. Episode 1
D1. Attention Stockholm (inst.)
D2. Shiver (inst.)
D3. The Dossier on Virna Lindt (inst.)
D4. I Beat the System (inst.)
D5. Underwater Boy (inst.)

2xCD tracklist:

Disc 1

01. Shiver
02. I Experienced Love
03. Pillow Talk
04. Swedish Modern
05. I Beat the System
06. The Dossier on Virna Lindt
07. Attention Stockholm
08. Underwater Boy
09. Letter to Sergei
10. Intelligence

Disc 2

01. Windmills of Your Mind
02. Model Agent
03. Young and Hip
04. Man Talk
05. Groom
06. Episode 1
07. Attention Stockholm (inst.)
08. Shiver (inst.)
09. The Dossier on Virna Lindt (inst.)
10. Underwater Boy (inst.)
11. Windmills of Your Mind (inst.)
12. I Beat the System (inst.)
13. Underwater Boy (Reprise)
14. Intelligence (Hi IQ Mix)
15. Trailers from Shiver

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Reviews:

"Thanks to the chance meeting of translation student Virna Lindt and Compact label guru Tot Taylor on a train, as the liner notes explain, Lindt and Compact first made its mark with the nervy John Barry-meets-new wave mania of Attention Stockholm, the single which also leads off her debut album as a whole. Spy atmospherics permeate the album and not just in sound - thus song titles like The Dossier on Virna Lindt and Letter to Sergei. But while Lindt and her musical collaborators are definitely enamoured of a mythical jet-set past where dapper secret agents are busy running around space age sets with a drink in hand, there's actually less per se retro about Shiver than many other albums that followed in its wake. Instead of simply cool styles, things at times feel nervous, jittery, a response to a time and place that's of the moment. That said, the moody-start-of-the-film feeling of Episode One practically begs to soundtrack a sequence where Dirk Bogarde hauls a body out of the Seine. Lindt herself acts less as the lead singer and more as the narrator of her own adventures, a Modesty Blaise running rampant and occasional striking reflective poses amid orchestral swells and energetic percussion. When she does take a more formal lead singing role, she comes across as a bit light if not unpleasantly so, as on Pillow Talk. Meantime, the jaunty piano-led kick of I Beat the System and the moody '70s rather than '60s lounge-ness of Underwater Boy shows that there's more here than a restrictive stereotype" (All Music Guide)

"An elegant homage to classic soundtrack styles, Virna Lindt's knowing 1984 debut album is a stylish set best appreciated for its atmosphere, voice and melodies. With bonuses including backing tracks, singles and later remixes, this reissue is the last word on an album integral to the era when mix-and-match rummaging through the past to create a meta-pop for the now began in earnest" (Mojo, 04/2018)

"Dazzling double disc reissue - 25 cuts of delicious Cold War pop, also including some irresistible instrumental versions of album tracks. Tres chic" (Electronic Sound, 12/2017)

"Shiver simply luxuriates in feelings of off-kilter romance and intrigue. Sounding like the mysterious lover you'd swear only exists in the movie, Virna uses her linguistic skills to vocalize in Swedish and English half-knowing lyrics that match the unsteady sonic atmospheres found in songs like Shiver and Pillow Talk. I think of Shiver as Bergman's All These Women cast as 50-odd minutes of musical dialog. Largely led by real and synthetic orchestration, as Virna's moods change (as they often will, within the same song), Tot Taylor's fantastic orchestrations cast a brilliant pale of modern love throughout, shifting sonically to match those same moods... Sultrily sing-speaking over all sorts of unplaceable musique concrete and backwards-playing movie recordings, Virna finds just the right way to throw you from an expected scent" (Fond/Sound)

"The illusion that Virna Lindt perpetrates is circular: Swedish translation student pretending to be a jet-set model revealed as a spy masquerading as a singer (and so on). Visually, her fabulous appeal is that of a Gerry and Sylvia Anderson prototype action doll come to life and gone undercover, maybe one of the Angel fighter pilots from the Captain Scarlet series. All that would be mere pap if the music didn't add up to more than an exercise in style. But, Shiver still sounds as playfully aloof as ever, Lindt's icy mystique unthawed by time. The title track proves that few things work as well as a mysterious beauty muttering in a foreign tongue, making great use of an echo halfway between a gunshot and the sound of a glacier cracking" (Brainwashed)

"Shiver proved there was more to Virna Lindt than cool, camp spy escapades. Edwin Astley's introduction music for Danger Man, High Wire, is referenced on Attention Stockholm, with The Dossier On Virna Lindt having her return to secret agent frolics, but this time bolting it onto a cool 60s Serge Gainsbourg influence. The jazzy piano takes us away a little from the hints at Cold War aesthetics implicit in the title of Letter To Sergei, while the title track opens with a nice harpsichord and bass combination before developing into a breezy piece of big-production 60s pop. Underwater Boy has very pleasant, plaintive jazz influence to it and the thud and shuffle of Pillow Talk possesses a good rhythmic dance-beat. Swedish Modern, with its wireless scan and sinister backwards noise, was the joker in the pack and if I Beat The System's rolling piano made me think of Rise and Fall-era Madness for some reason, it's very good even so."

"Of the bonus tracks, Young and Hip is a big, daft but loveable dance number - very St Etienne before the fact. The pacey and eccentrically dreamlike treatment of Windmills of Your Mind also stands out. Man Talk is a rather jokey duet and Episode 1 successfully mines the theme music again, sounding midway between an ITC programme trail and the work of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. The bonus instrumental versions are there mainly for the more avid fans, but they are interesting, revealing the painstaking work that Taylor put in behind the scenes to match the novel vocal style and visual presentation. A lot of effort obviously went into getting these pieces just right."

"In conclusion, Shiver is a classy pop album with a hint of the mysterious that marked it out from the pack. This new 2CD/2xLP edition will be a must for fans of the Compact Organisation and sophisticated pop, with the original album being a classic curveball of 60s style in the face of 80s gaudy excess. Put together with the usual thorough and stylish eye of the Les Disques du Crepuscule team, it is a cool breeze indeed" (Louder Than War, 12/2017)