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"Ida Maria...Courtney Love minus the bullshit plus more charm..." -- Spin
"Meet the Norwegian garage-pop singer of your future." -- Rolling Stone
"The Scandinavian sensation is crashing borders with her garage-rock tune's stuttering vocals and buoyant choruses." -- USA Today
"This 24 year old Norwegian has a powerhouse voice.... Ida Maria turns her lyrics into epic drama." -- Time
Top Customer Reviews
Thank goodness I ignored the warning signs, such as the labels "Alternative" and "Punk." Seriously, why is any popular music out of the U.K. labeled "Alternative" and what the hell does that mean anyway? Seems like unless it's from the British Invasion era, it's considered Alternative Music. As for Punk, as a guy who grew up in the 80's I'd have to say this album reminds me more of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and not the least of Sid Vicious.
I especially like the live sound of this recording and suspect--note to self: read the album cover--this was recorded live to track rather than with the musicians coming in separately on a schedule. I would be very suprised if this band didn't sound even better live--as most performers these days can't pull off, relying more on technology than musicianship.
I love that none of the music sounds commercial--perhaps that's what "Alternative" means--and yet it's upbeat and energetic. Every song is very positive. No ballads of depression or songs that tread on our already overworn like of trendy or catchy commercial music.
My favorite song on here is "Queen of the World" and feel it's the best example of the tone of the album.
Like I said, I wont nitpick or tell you what to think of this album, but I will say that if you're looking for something to try, something that you're very bound to just plain like, I would definitely recommend this album.
BOTTOM LINE: You'll be singing it in the shower in no time.
Maybe because they listen to too much of this genre and think it doesn't stand out enough (again, that's their problem, not the album's)
This album is awesome, start to finish. I can pop this in and smile and hum these songs for the rest of the day. It's really catchy, fun, punk flavored party music.
"Oh My God" and "I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked" are good songs, but I'm surprised no one mentioned "Queen of the Night" or "Louie" (...and Louie was found catchy enough to wind up on a commercial).
If you want to put some tunes in your car to speed around and cheer you up...or dance to at a party (or around the house)...this is such a perfect album. It's an album so good that I'm worried that her second release won't live up to it.
There is a nuanced beauty that's not quite apparent the first time you listen to this. Ida Maria's voice is very interesting. There is a dynamic power of being a strong, intrusive voice. But there is also a lot of eccentric personality going on... a la ( a little bit) Regina Spector. There is also a lot of confidence in her delivery and phrasing indicative of a strong R & B/blues singer. She also has a heart stopping growl.
"Oh My God' is the perfect representative of her varied sound (although it is not the best song on the cd). At first, it sounds hyper kinetic, almost 1970's "X Ray Spex" sounding. But it is much more than that and there is a beautiful drama about the song with the more times you listen to it the more the song opens up and you notice the changing dynamics.
"I like you so much better naked" is the highlight and quite worthy of being her lead off single. It's such a gutteral, yet totally honest and realistically applicable song. It has melody, attitude, punchy instrumentation and a wonderfully terrific sing along chorus. It's a perfect pop song.
Not all the songs are top notch but she does exhibit a big range that is indicative of much more from this talented, totally in-your-face artist.
Right then this crazy simple song about cigarettes and getting naked caught my ear. Not too unlike going to your favourite and most familiar place in a park to relax, and catching out of the corner of your eye some girl. Not just any ole pedestrian type of girl mind you. It is more than that. It's like you know... some place in your mind, that this one is something special. That's what it felt like to me when I listened to this album. Instantaneous attraction to her voice.
- voice to cut an ear off for
- clean driving Fender strat guitar
- a simple 'rock' message packaged in simple lyrics
Not exactly a lot of substance, but an awesome set of shotglass type of tunes.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent album. Hadn't heard of her until Sound Opinions mentioned this album. Highly recommend. You won't be disappointed at all.Published 21 months ago by Ryan Kelley
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This has quickly become one of my favorite albums. Ida can reach into my chest and rip out my heart, and it's amazing.Published on November 19, 2013 by Mushy Bunny
Simply fantastic! A great addition to my collection and it gets regular play in my music rotation. My mistress was not as impressed, but she is a shut-in so her opinion is... Read morePublished on March 28, 2013 by BlueLiner
Ida Maria has a strong, yet sensitive indie sound. I liken it to finding an unexpected gem of a singer in a local urban club. Read morePublished on February 12, 2012 by Christine
My wife thought I'd like this and bought the album for me- listened to it the whole way through then listened again. Read morePublished on November 29, 2011 by Justin Seiferth
Ida Maria, a young female artist from Norway that broke into the music a few years ago with an excellent first release. Read morePublished on July 19, 2011 by Sebastian
Ida Maria's "Fortress Round My Heart" is a solid album with some haunting vocals and a few memorable songs. Read morePublished on February 14, 2011 by Jerry Jackson Jr.