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13 June 2005
Marlin's moment - Review by Per A.Risnes
Source : Dagens Næringsliv
Lene Marlin's little juvenile rebellion against her own record company is charming, but not shocking.

LOWERING HER SHOULDERS: Those who are claiming that Lene Marlin is just making 'Unforgivable Sinner' again and again, will perhaps get renewed nourishment after having listened to 'Lost In A Moment'.

'Here it is, it's totally finished'.

The absence of deliberate pop crime is perhaps the most sympathetic with Marlin's third album. The 24-year-old is infinitely more suited to lower shoulders and a touch of more acoustic production. She will never be a good Britney. Perhaps she has herself discovered this in the civil shy years since the debut in 1997.

Lenya. It must be in pure joy over the 24-year-old's wilfulness that I accept the tsa-da-tse-de-da-humming on the opening song 'My Lucky Day'. In the fresh and well-produced lies thus a distinct Marlin signature on 'Lost In A Moment', which dedicated fans will appreciate. She indeed has an impressing ability to make songs with just the little rotation from last time that make them into new hits.

Those who are claiming that Lene Marlin is just making 'Unforgivable Sinner' again and again, will perhaps get renewed nourishment after having listened to this record. I could have wished for more original melodies, and perhaps even more guts when she first was to be rude and be creating an album without the record company getting to have their fingers onto the mixing table.

However, I let myself be charmed by the beautiful Jewel-like folk ballad 'When You Were Around', exclusively with Marlin and the classical guitar. And the happy rock-pop song 'Wish I Could' which is closing the record, also gives probable cause in thinking that Marlin is heading towards something better.

At the beginning of the latter song she is, though, touching a dangerously pompous Enya choir, but largely seen is this a collection of adult, american pop with a bit of country feeling. Shania Twain wouldn't have become lethally insulted by a comparison here.

Pop of the moment. Rock guitars and strings still cannot hide that she this time has avoided the irritating distress rhymes she has become known for, the passages where she has to be running through the lyrics to follow the rhythm.

It creates nevertheless a nice pause in the rest of the lyrics, which at times are simple girl's-room poetry about what you are thinking following a relationship's ending. You can, if you want, be reading the lyrics as a continuous letter to an ex-boyfriend: What if I had been more perfect, less demanding? Have you seen my scars, by the way, they don't hurt anymore? What if we had let things stay as they were? What if I said it was you I really wanted? What if...stop me when you have gotten enough.

She is summarizing nicely the message on the whole record in the song 'How Would It Be':

'The moment was there, but we lost it, time changed it all, and we let it, we let it happen.'

The moment of Marlin went by, but I believe to recall it was pleasant when it was going on.

Translated by Tef Johs


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