Review: Rebekka Karijord – We Become Ourselves

Artist: Rebekka Karijord
Title: We Become Ourselves
Label: Control Freak Kitten
Review @ TLOBF
Score: 7.5/10

More wide-ranging thematically but also more consistent in tone than Karijord’s impressive last record, We Become Ourselves is a another strong statement of steady, continued development on the part of one of Scandinavia’s most reliable singer-songwriters. Heady and deep without being inaccessible, it is a set of songs which reward repeated listening and one which younger challengers would be right to envy.

Read the rest of the review at The Line of Best Fit


Review: Ane Brun – It All Starts With One

Artist: Ane Brun
Title: It All Starts With One
Label: Balloon Ranger
Review @ PopMatters
Score: 5/10

An idiosyncratic use of the English language, a seemingly impenetrable mystique, and songs that balance emotional expressiveness with a kind of northerly chill—when it comes to Scandinavian singer-songwriters, Ane Brun ticks many of the boxes. While in recent years contemporaries of hers like Robyn or Lykke Li have built increasingly successful pop careers on these foundations, Brun has always been different. More a serious chanteuse than a pop princess, she has nevertheless found a warm response in her native Norway.

Read the rest of the review at PopMatters

[Video] Ane Brun – “Do You Remember”

Norwegian singer-songwriter has just released fourth record, double album It All Starts With One, on her own Balloon Ranger Recordings. “Do You Remember” was released as a single back in May, the video featuring a surreal wake-up call which is reflective of Brun’s idiosyncratic style and was directed by Magnus Renfors. My review of the LP is due on PopMatters soon.

New Review – Rebekka Karijord

“The Noble Art of Letting Go possesses a powerful kind of nakedness and honesty which on occasion makes it a mildly uncomfortable listen in the best possible way. Indeed this is the only important link between Karijord’s musician and actress selves; despite the minor distractions of her sometimes idiosyncratic use of lyrical English, she retains a capacity to make her audience feel her emotions.”

It’s been a while, but I’ve got another review up on the wonnderful TLOBF. This is a record called The Noble Art of Letting Go, by the Norwegian songstress Rebekka Karijord and I’ve given it the “TLOBF Recommended” tag which is something I try to use sparingly – as you might hope, I was thoroughly impressed by this record. Originally released in Scandinavia in 2009, this great, emotive record is perhaps robbed of a chance to really make an impact here in the UK in 2011, but it’s absolutely worth a listen.

There’s even a guest appearance by Ane Brun, another Norwegian singer-songwriter whose last album I was very fond of way back in February 2009. Check it out.

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