Marit Larsen celebrates ten years as a solo artist to reach new heights.
“Joni Was Right”
Ten years have passed since Marit Larsen came forward as an adult solo artist, and established himself as one of the new century’s most exciting singers and songwriters. Now she has started his own label, and the songs on this mini album really sounds like the kind she wanted to sing long.They come two years after the previous album, where she went to Nashville to make a record inspired by great role models, and instead became more streamlined than ever for M2M. “When The Morning Comes” did not take her far ahead, even though it has just been published in the United States.
“Joni Was Right” is an obvious reference to Joni Mitchell, but only as inspiration. Joni Mitchell has not done so much similar to this. We do not have therefore to compare. The new songs to Larsen takes her other hand on par with the leading contemporary American folk singers. The opening “Running Out Of Road” is the most delightful uplifting song she has made since “Don’t Save Me” ten years ago. Some “You-you-you” -koringer is that cheated out of “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, but this only reinforces the style secure feeling.
“Morgan I Might” is about an emotional affair, Morgan here is hardly guitar labeled as Ane Brun praised on her debut album, but the love of stringed instruments is thick outside these songs. With outstanding artistic flair, helped by Mari Sandvær Kreken, Tor Egil Kreken and Christer Slaaen. These fantastic four do concerts together forward. It may be interesting to hear the rest of the repertoire Marit Larsen in such a context. Finally she sits alone behind the piano and finishes beautifully with “A Stranger Song.”
“Joni Was Right” is just five short songs, but in this case is less a lot more than most otherwise. We welcome one more round, which page 2 on a whole album that could quickly become Marit Larsen best.
Marit Larsen plays the Fork & Decanter in Stavanger on April 28 and Grefsenkollen in Oslo on April 30.
Link to Review: www.dagsavisen.no
Photo by: Ingrid Pop