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Tenhi - Folk Aesthetic 1996-2006 CD (album) cover




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3 stars This enhanced summation of the most prolific and first 10 years of neo world music group TENHI's history offers gifts for both the committed and the adventurous newbie.

Though I would suggest beginning with their first 2 proper albums, "Folk Aesthetic" does offer a dozen alternate versions of tracks mostly from those releases, including 2 approaches to "Kielo" and 3 alternately named entries, one of which strongly suggests an error in the track listings and names. In general, these are rawer as presented here and neither better nor worse but perhaps more suitable for fans who crave subtle twists on their favourites. An exception would be "Kuoppa" which is a more potent variation on the "original" from "Maaaet". I should add that many of my top choices from the source albums are not here so to me this would not be a definitive representation of the pinnacle of TENHI.

For added enticements, we are gifted 7 numbers that are not present on any other offering and are in the vein of the early material, the best being the stormy Havuisissa Saleissa" and the eerie "Kausienranta". These could appeal to both novices and experts but, again, for the most part, they are not essential. Finally, the last 9 pieces are in the vein of "Kielo", which showcase a more experimental side to TENHI. In one case it's essentially a 3rd alternate version. GIven that the band has always been somewhat given to unusual structures or lack thereof, these offerings, while historically valuable and geared to some of the more ambitious listeners, do not really represent the entity into which the band quickly evolved, so are more for fans.

In sum, "Folk Aesthetic" is an intriguing representation of a fascinating and long lived band that hits the bulls eye on occasion and misses endearingly at other times, but always expresses the principles of stark beauty that have guided them from the start.

kenethlevine | 3/5 |


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