Wednesday, April 23, 2008

I almost made it but not quite

Do you ever get the feeling an artist you love is trying, really trying, to do everything they can to get you to not like their music?

SOMEONE's been listening to Israel Kamakawiwo'ole and oompah bands an awful lot.

Sigh. I give up. I really do. Well, no, I don't--I'll probably get the album no matter what, knowing me, and taking this back in a matter of days as well as feeling awful I ever said anything negative--but it's frustrating, especially considering the vocal melody might even be really good, and heck, maybe I could have even learned to live with the ukulele, but did we really need that brass part? Really?

Album's called Army Of One, by the way; out this fall.

Edit: so we don't end on a down note, let's watch a stunning live performance of "Million Miles Away," a song I've never loved more than I do here, with this performance. That voice...


Thnairg said...

Uhm ... wow. Tuba and ukulele, huh? It's certainly ... unique. Strikes me at first as "Don Ho meets Rufus Wainwright". It's definitely making me curious as to what else he's gonna do on his album -- and maybe that was one of his motives in putting out this bizarre single first.

Yeah, PG, if I were you I'd definitely not give up just yet ... after all, it's Espen we're talking about! He ain't gonna put out crap, that's for sure. And he's almost always been one for trying things that are just a bit "out there".

I'm still digesting it, I think ... but at the same time I'm really excited and can't wait for his new album this fall!!! ;-)

Resa said...

When I read this, I immediately thought of home and listened to the song and felt that I should be on the beach. The brass section is a bit weird, yeah.

However, I do agree with the above comment that Espen wouldn't put out crap!

Very curious to hear the new album this fall too!

Poster Girl said...

That is a good point, Thnairg--if nothing else, it'll get people thinking and talking!

And you all are right, too; I'll keep the faith a little longer ;)