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01 June 2005
Lene totally spontaneous
Source : Aftenposten
Lene Marlin had no plans of releasing an album in 2005. And neither had the record company, but then it just got to be.

- I know that there are many who believe that all this secretiveness is a crafty promotion plan from the record company's side, but I can with the hand on my heart say that none of them knew anything about this before I stood there with the finished product in my hand, says Lene Marlin, who is happy about finally being able to talk freely about the new record.

Secret recording

On Monday, June 13th, the 24-year-old is releasing her third album, 'Lost In A Moment', an album that until recently was a well-kept secret for everybody besides those who had contributed to the recording itself. When the news were let go on 'Først og Sist' on NRK1 at the end of April, the record company had also only heard the album for the first time a couple days before.

- When I released the previous album, there were so many expectations and press coverage attached to the release, and then it kind of got to be so serious. This time I had the urge to do something more spontanous, so I went into studio on my own without actually having thought about making a whole album at all. However, as we started to work out new songs, we understood it just got to be this way.

- Was it really necessary with all the secretiveness?

- It wasn't originally the plan that this recording should be so secretive, but we soon realized that it was the better way to work. I had the urge to make a spontanous record this time, and it doesn't get so spontanous when you are to talk money and contracts for two months before you manage to get started at all.

- Was it difficult to keep the secret?

- Yes, clearly. I was suprised that we managed to keep it a secret for so long. At the end, I was at the absolute breaking point. However, I think it was a necessity. If we had not done that, it would have become a totally different album.

Will be different

When Lene Marlin released her previous album, 'Another Day', in 2003, it was almost chaotic conditions surrounding her the first week. Everyone wanted a piece of the young pop star, who at that time hadn't spoken a word to Norwegian press in three years.

- 'Another Day' was an incredibly important album for me to make. It was a settlement with the difficult times I had been through, and I got to talk once and for all about what had happened. However, it was so much noise and seriousness surrounding the actual release, that I didn't got the time to really enjoy what happened. Most of all I felt an enormous relief when it came out.

- How about this time?

- Now I'm feeling an incredible delight, and there are butterflies tickling my stomach. I had no plans of releasing a record this year, so this feels like a pure bonus. Most people had thought it would be four years between the second and third album as well, so now I'm two years ahead of schedule, Lene smiles.

Has learnt

In the time ahead, Lene will be spending promoting her new album in Europe. Even though everyone still seem to want a piece of the young girl, she has herself decided on in what tempo it will happen.

- When you learn that you can't make everyone satisfied, you become a much happier human being. After all, it's your own goals that count, not what goals others are setting for you.

- Do you regret at any time that you chose music as a career?

- There are a few things about the first album that I would have done differently today, but I don't regret that I chose music. Today I have learnt to define limits, and besides, the life I have today is a result of exactly that choice.

Translated by Tef Johs


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