96kHz/24-bit, FLAC*; ACT 9037-2 (supplied by www.highresaudio.com)
Having scored her biggest international hit with her 2010 album Same Girl [ACT 9024-2], the South Korean-born singing star takes a new direction with this one – her ninth (and fourth for ACT) – recorded at Sear Sound, New York, in Dec ’16, and produced/arranged by keyboard wiz Jamie Saft – he’s also co-writer with Vanessa Saft of track 3, ‘Too Late’. Youn Sun Nah opens with her own five-minute ‘Traveller’, a characteristic blend of strength and melancholy, and goes on to offer an eclectic choice of covers, all beautifully done. Marc Ribot contributes brilliantly to several tracks, with electric and acoustic guitars, from the fast-moving Paul Simon song that’s the title tune to perfect Staples/Al Green funk on Lou Reed’s ‘Teach The Gifted Children’ and a majestic reading of Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Drifting’. It’s a great album with great sound too. SH
Sound Quality: 85%
Hi-Fi News Lab Report
These files are ‘hot’ – recorded up to the digital end stops – but mercifully free of clipping. Most of the content above 30kHz looks to be noise and spuriae but the early cut-off suggests these may be 88.2kHz-to-96kHz upsamples. PM
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