Transalpin is a creative genre-stretching effort illustrating how seemingly unrelated styles can merge without a hitch. Zabine is a young yodeler from Austria's Alps. On "Transalpin," she utilizes hip-hop, rock guitar, and yodeling and follows it with pure dance-pop on "Himmi." "Opa" incorporates Alpine folk, various ambient effects, rap, and rock, while "Oiwe Nu" is an R&B-lite number à la Sade. "Love Your Life" is driven by a funky groove accentuated by Zabine's yodeling, and "Zack" sounds like Zabine borrowed a page from the B-52's book of quirkiness. Various world music styles are interwoven throughout this album, creating a refreshing approach to both Alpine yodeling and pop music. Zabine's flitting and adventurous style of singing and yodeling is similar to that of Christina Zurbrügg, but Zabine's musical approach is solidly grounded in more modern 21st century pop music styles.
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AllMusic Review by Dave Sleger