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Tinkara Kovac - Koscek Neba CD Cover
Image © 1999 Sazas (Slovenia) 

(21 May 2000) Slovenian singer and flute player Tinkara Kovac's latest album is entitled Koscek Neba (Sazas (Slovenia) 105326, 1999). The eleven track album is sung entirely in Slovenian and features highly accessible mainly popular rock tunes. A biography, stunning photographs of the artist and soundbites are available at the English portion of Tinkara's website. Further information and two additional songs by the artist—including one sung in English—are available from her mp3.com website.

Koscek neba is comprised of songs that fit relatively easy into one of several categories. The highly pop-oriented numbers are easy to listen to and are well arranged blending instrumentals to support Tinkara's soaring vocal passages with catchy choruses. Songs include "Ko bo prisel" and with a rocking style reminscent of The Cars, "Loahheeiyeee."

Several of the numbers are more vocally and instrumentally exploratory and demonstrate the range and depth of the artist's raw talents and would most comfortably fit into the Eurovision Song Contest. These include "Brez lazi," "Ti si tu," the orchestrally rich movie theme-like "Zakaj" and "Grem." The album's ballads have a gentler texture yet move right along as well and include "Ko samo skupaj" and the varied "Nikoli."

Tinkara's effective and evocative Slovenian cover of The Corrs (review) "Only When I Sleep" is entitled "Od zvezd pijan." She has added her own vocal textures to the track and the electric guitars have been mixed with a raunchier sound that works quite well with Tinkara's voice. The track "Nic je vse" is performed in a similar, but less melodic, style.

The album closes with "Nocem vec" a rocking number with soaring vocals and hard edged electric guitars. The jazzy Ian Anderson-style flute solo during the instrumental bridge is most notable.

Tinkara Kovac's latest album is certainly a tribute to a talented performer. With samples available online, her work should be explored further. We found her latest album a nice listen!

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