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Don't Play This

by Hera

Contemporary laid back folk pop rock
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. Feathers in a Bag
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2. The Devil and Me
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3. Chocolate
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4. Muddy Shoes
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5. Deja Vu
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6. Adrian
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7. Don't Play This
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8. Wings
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9. You Make Me Angry
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10. Where Is Your Baby
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11. To My Guitar
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Album Notes
Born in Iceland, but based in NZ for the past decade, Hera is one of the most promising singer songwriters on the world stage today.
A prodigious talent from early on, Hera began playing classical guitar at the age of 8, and writing her own songs by the time she was 14. Now, at 22, Hera features on over 13 compilations and has released five studio albums - four in English and one in Icelandic, “Hafid Thennan Dag ”(2003), which went Gold last year in Iceland.

Hera’s first two albums were independently produced, published and distributed. However , when a track from her second album, “Itchy Palms”, was chosen as the title song the Icelandic film, “Hafi_(The Sea)”, Hera found herself not only performing at the premier, but having the title song in a film that went on to win eight Edda Awards (Iceland’s Oscar equivalent) and be distributed in over 30 countries.

Hera claimed two nominations at the 2002 Icelandic music awards, winning “Best Singer”; an award that had been dominated by the likes of Bjork and Emiliana Torrini for the past decade. Her song “Makebelieve” was a finalist in the 2002 USA songwriting competition, and became the third most played song on Icelandic radio in 2003.

Hera’s tour figures are just as impressive. She completed a tour of Iceland with Bubbi Morthens, performing 37 shows in just two months; during this tour she became the first woman to tour Iceland as a solo musician. Hera has also supported Nick Cave in two sell out shows in Iceland; Joe Cocker in Iceland’s biggest concert hall; played at the renowned Glastonbury Festival in 2005; and recently completed a tour of Europe and the UK through the European Roadworks music project.

Hera’s latest album “Don’t Play This” was released late 2005, and was enthusiastically received. A video commissioned for “Feathers In A Bag” was directed by Einar Snorri of the Snorri Brothers who has worked with the likes of R.E.M., The Streets, and Simple Minds. In December 2005 Hera finished the year with a triumphant concert in one of the most remote places on earth, Amassalik in Greenland, becoming the first solo musician from Iceland to perform there.


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Must have
I love this CD!! Hera has a great voice and great lyrics.

Rod M

Scintillating and soaring, acoustically clean with rich images.
Hera's music sparkles. Standout qualities on this CD are precise diction, accurate tonal shifts to reflect song mood and an integrated instrumental backing that is acoustic rather than electronic. A variety of influences are detectable in this collection of original ballads composed around life-developing situations, but the musical treatments are orignal and captivating. For this listener the optimistic cast to the songs (and the way it is portrayed), where life's reversals are but stations to the future, is joyous. (The forward looking 'You make me angry' is delightful and Hera's conception of an after-life - in 'Muddy shoes' - really appeals.) And like good ballads, these airs stay in your head.
PS: Make sure you catch the hidden piece of whimsy after the final ode to Hera's instrumental confidente and muse.

Mary Chapel

Such a Pleasure
This girl has great wisdom, listen to "Chocolate and you will understand! Can't get enough of Hera and chocolate!

Amanda Payne

You must buy this CD.
I had never heard of Hera before and happen to hear her clip of "Dont Play This" on the SXSW website. I knew then that I needed her CD. I was directed to CDbaby.com and bought that CD that day. It has been about 2 weeks now since I have had it and it hasnt left my CD player...unless I am bringing it to work or in the house to listen to. Great CD... The life experiences that Hera sings about give me the goosebumps- she has a way with lyrical magic.

Andrew Rose

Fantastic Vocals and Power
This is a fantastic album from an artist not known much here is the UK. What you get in this album are fantastic vocals (if you like K T Tunstall, Norah Jones, Bjork - you will love this) without any over production and fluff that you might expect.
The power and anger on "Don't Play this" and the power of the voice on "Wings" are wonderful, along with the first two songs, "Feathers in a Bag" and "The Devil and Me" which will stay in your head long after they have ended. Add some Calypso with Deja Vu and your enjoyment will be complete.
This artist has much more to give and there is more power to come from her recordings. I am waiting for the next album.