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12 September 2003
Lene Marlin: «Another Day» (Vg Review)
Source : VG
Lene Marlin's artist career has been a long winding balance between mental salubrity and madness. Luckily, she seemed to have found the point just in the middle of these extremes - the equilibrium.

Another Day shows us a significantly more grown-up - or perhaps rather mature - Lene Marlin. She clearly feels the need to explain herself, but she does it without getting to be too delivering. Heart-searchingly, but not in a self-centered way. Personal, but not private. She gives off herself, but never gets pushing.

Another Day is more solidly and overall good than actually sensational. Besides, it takes longer time to discover all of its qualities. The individual songs are not at the outset clear hits, but the lack of clear single candidates (even though the title track, Whatever it Takes, and not least Sorry should do the trick a long way) Marlin redeems by the entirety of the album.

The melancholy, the vulnerability and the nakedness create a unique mood that very few are close to be able doing throughout a whole album. Identity is another word for it. This is an identy that is so strong that production and arrangements wisely enough are kept in the background. There are the songs themselves, and not least Lene herself, that is in focus.

Painful

With the thought of what Lene Marlin has been through the last four years in the aftermath of the debut hysteria, there are a few key songs here. At a couple of occasions Marlin hides it elegantly behind a veil of love poetry, but on a track like Disguise she gets to be so direct as to make it hurt. The lyrics here are pure therapeutic practice from an artist who got to experience too much too quickly, and who got forced to withdraw without actually wanting to.

Faces, on the other hand, is a song written in gratitude to good friends and girl friends supporting her in the more painful period, while You Weren't There accuses an unnamed person for not having been there for her (the song opens with the words She came home, just won the game, which may be tracked back to her debut album, entitled Playing My Game). Melodic- and excitement wise I fell the more for Fight Against the Hours, which has stolen the bass sound from U2's With or without you, but the strongest track on the record is, after all, the closing Story, with lyrics dealing with the taboo of suicide in a shivering way.

Same track

Musically, Another Day follows in the same track as its prequel. The mix of dampened ballads and acoustic-based mid-tempo songs, in addition to Lene's whispering voice and sincerity, makes this into a natural expansion of the debut which threw her almost involuntary out into a carusel which almost killed the artist Lene Marlin.

However, I guess she has learned this time. That she is better prepared. Nonetheless - welcome back!

Translated by Tef Johs

 
 


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