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Fortress Round My Heart

Ida Maria, Ida MariaAudio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 14, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury Records
  • ASIN: B001V7UXB2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,241 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Oh My God
2. Morning Light
3. I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked
4. Stella
5. Keep Me Warm
6. Forgive Me
7. Queen Of The World
8. Louie
9. Drive Away My Heart
10. In The End

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Product Description

U.S. pressing of the debut album from the Norwegian Alt-Pop priestess, described as a cross between Amy Winehouse and The Strokes with a bit of Bjork and Iggy Pop thrown in for good measure. Twelve months of constant touring have built up a loyal and dedicated fanbase which will help her cross-over to the mainstream. 10 tracks including the single 'I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked'.


"At once deeply confessional and dangerously carefree, Norway's latest export sings every song like she's on the verge of breaking into a million pieces. The Music holds her together." -- Paste

"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

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Typically, when I order an album from an artist I never heard of it turns out to be a mistake, and I swear to myself I'll never do it again. Especially if I'm in the position of having to review the album, I hate to write anything negative--as I must it seems--because it belittles the hard work and years of commitment these artists put into their music. This time, I don't have any such problems because this album is terrific in every way.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If You're Still Wondering...YES, the album is Good! June 14, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I simply don't understand why so many people have been giving this album a 4 or less. Maybe because there was a lot of hype surrounding the album (and you know how people like to blame everyone but themselves, when it doesn't live up to their expectations)...

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Invigorating (3.5 stars) June 3, 2009
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Ida Maria is sort of the lovechild of Liz Phair and Dead Milkmen- great guitars, simple arrangements, funny songs, and powerful, edgy vocals that are loud and unapologetic.

While I don't think I'll call this one of my favorite CDs of all time, I do love Ida Maria' voice. In a world where over-polished and over-produced vocals are suddenly all over everything, it's so refreshing to listen to a musician just belt out her songs.

On first listen, "Fortress 'Round My Heart" reminded me of Liz Phair's "Exile in Guyville". Both CDs sort of have the same raw, completely unpolished, honest quality. However, I still listen to "Guyville" regularly and I don't think "Fortress 'Round My Heart" will still be in my CD player in 15 years. Maybe that's a good thing, though- Maria can work her way up to a more cohesive sound. I'm still pining away for Liz Phair to make a great comeback album...

But for right this moment, "Fortress 'Round My Heart" is the sort of CD that makes you want to get up and jump around. The single "I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked" is definitely going on my iPod. You've most likely heard it already and not realized it. Unfortunately, it's one of the better songs on the CD, but I won't write Ida off yet. Her voice alone is enough to warrant interest in her career and her future music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As Debuts Go, This Rocks September 12, 2010
By Gerry B
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I should not be, as one nearing completion of a mortgage, singing along about "finding a cure for my life" or God meeting up with aging hookers. It embarrasses the family, including the son in grad school. Yes, I should be "too old" for this album. But I'm not. It sounds fresh, alive, spontaneous. It sticks with this listener in a pleasant way. It comes back to the top of the CDs spun to and from work, while at work sometimes, and remains enjoyable.
Ida Maria plays with a wry smile in her music, and a spunky, joyful manner that is lacking in so many newer artists. There's nothing prefabricated here. I look forward to more from her, and will welcome the opportunity to see and hear her in concert. The voice, the wit, the phrasing, they are all wonderful, and the writing is strong enough to hold this CD together as an album to keep.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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The tracks seemed to run together and the melodies seemed repetitive. For me it was too "up" for me to relax and to melodic to get excited.

I realize this is a debut album and Ida has, I'm sure a lot or promise. This CD, unfortunately, did not display what I am certain she will eventually achieve. In this case it seems to be a whole set of middle of the road tunes that cry out for texture.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
Excellent album. Hadn't heard of her until Sound Opinions mentioned this album. Highly recommend. You won't be disappointed at all.
Published 5 months ago by Ryan Kelley
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, the clever things I should say to you.
Product as described. Fast and easy transaction. Fair price.

Got it for "I Like You So Much Better When You`re Naked"

Enjoyed the rest of the album... Read more
Published 10 months ago by GWilliams
5.0 out of 5 stars Love love love
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 11 months ago by Mushy Bunny
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
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 more
Published 19 months ago by BlueLiner
5.0 out of 5 stars A little bit too simple, but driving guitar and voice for the win
So there I was, sitting in front of the computer well into the wee hours of a Saturday night. I must've spent at least an hour picking Morrissey lice out of my Pandora Frank Black... Read more
Published on April 1, 2012 by Kyn
4.0 out of 5 stars Personal, strong vocals
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 more
Published on February 12, 2012 by Christine
4.0 out of 5 stars New (Scandanavian?) wave
My wife thought I'd like this and bought the album for me- listened to it the whole way through then listened again. Read more
Published on November 29, 2011 by Justin Seiferth
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent debut album
Ida Maria, a young female artist from Norway that broke into the music a few years ago with an excellent first release. Read more
Published on July 19, 2011 by Sebastian
4.0 out of 5 stars This is pretty awesome
This cd is misleading and may, at furst, throw you for a curve ball. You see, when you first listen to it, it initially comes across as some brash, loud, indie pop punk... Read more
Published on February 23, 2011 by Scott B. Saul
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong alternative rock/punk album
Ida Maria's "Fortress Round My Heart" is a solid album with some haunting vocals and a few memorable songs. Read more
Published on February 14, 2011 by Jerry Jackson Jr.
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