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19 July 2003
Lene Marlin: «You Weren't There» single review (Virgin)
Source : VG
After such a long break, it would be easy to raise the expectations to a high level, and the first single from Lene Marlin's come-back album is definitely not a disappointment. "You Weren't There" is a peaceful and almost mournful track which draws associations to Cardigans in their soft mood.

The melody in itself is not necessarily that special, and does not separate itself noticeably from the multitude of "nice" guitar-based pop/rock songs that circulates these days. It may seem a bit tame and monotonous, but the song as a whole nevertheless gives a special feeling. That is presumably mostly because of Lene's voice, which expresses a delicacy and a sadness which makes the song project as very real.

In terms of production the song is on par with Lene Marlin's previous releases, which means really good, but at the same time it lacks some of the energy and the force which was found in "Unforgivable Sinner" and "Sitting Down Here".

However, we can't miss the fact that this is a pleasant and almost a bit moving musical return for the long-awaited girl from Tromsø.

Translation by Tef Johs


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