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10 June 2005
Lost In A Moment - Review by Stein Østbø
Source : VG
Lene Marlin's third album grabs you too little, also in the way of lyrics.

Lene has obviously no longer any need for coming with any message. The life and especially the career seem long gone to be in level again after a turbulent start.Just this settlement she evidently finished with her previous 'Another Day', because 'Lost In A Moment' contains only general love poetry, to be sure rather of the more unhappy kind. Not even her girl friend's death (the album is dedicated to her) has triggered any deeper bottom in the songs, at least not yet.

When this hook is gone, much of Lene Marlin's magic also fades. She is winning on a totally distinctive, melancholic identity in her voice, but not even this, as well as the Stargate boys' open production, manage to remove the indifference in the song's often monotonous and lack of excitement mid-tempo dependence, where a copule of the songs appear as cuttings from Sting's period in the nineties. More rock Lene has definitely not become.

'Lost In A Moment' is overall lacking the immediate qualities of the debut 'Playing My Game', and it is lacking the edges and the surprises from 'Another Day'. In this way, it could be of current interest raising a question of whether the album is coming too early, and is an attempt of covering the far from expected influence 'Another Day' had on European hit lists in relation to the debut. The new single 'How Would It Be' made its debut only in a 16th position in Italy, who at the outset have been totally crazy for Lene.

The album's better track is coming as number two, and is entitled 'All I Can Say' - bitter sweet in all its sadness - but it's first when the sound picture is opening in the second half that we are getting the better glimpses, namely the two wonderful ballads 'When You Were Around' and 'It's True'. First there is Lene touching the naked vulnerability that was so strongly present the last time around. However, this happens too seldom here. 'Lost In A Moment' is by no means toally anonymous, but unfortunately it never really gets the grip on you.

Translated by Tef Johs


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