Sunday, October 19, 2008

Is it all about the money?

Before they were writing songs like "Don't Stop The Music," "Irreplaceable," and "Closer," Norwegian production duo StarGate was giving us songs like Samantha Mumba's "Always Come Back To Your Love" and Blue's "All Rise." Even before that, though, they were writing and producing for some Norwegian artists that most people outside of Norway probably aren't familiar with. Noora was one of those. StarGate was the driving force behind her 1999 debut album, Curious. As far as I know, there was some sort of attempt to launch Noora in the UK, but I don't think it ever took off.

What About Love--a bonus track from Noora's album, "What About Love" is an ultimately feel-good pop-R&B song fairly typical of StarGate's work at the time; it's probably more on the pop side, I guess. The chorus is great catchy stuff--it is a very 1999 sound, but it's still more than enjoyable today, and even the production is part of that. It's just a fun, fairly bubbly track, one that's catchiness flows so easily that you can easily spend three and a half minutes listening to it.

To buy Noora's debut album, Curious, go here (physical) or here (digital).

Next up: maybe one of the things I said yesterday I'd write about.


Paul said...

I do kind of miss the days of Blue, so discovering (v belatedly) Noora is nice. I am kinda hoping that X Factor boyband JLS will do well and take the place of Blue...

Poster Girl said...

I think Blue had a lot of great songs over the years; I think the iPod era is good to them in allowing you to sort out the wheat and the chaff, but they really don't get enough credit for the songs where they (/their writers) got it right.