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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: #26,818 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

Editorial Reviews

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'.

Review

"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

Customer Reviews

That's what it felt like to me when I listened to this album.
Kyn
"Louie" is easily the catchiest song, and though it lacks a bit in the lyrical department, it sounds much like the music of the Icelandic band, The Sugarcubes.
Lorel Shea
I would recommend this album to a much younger audience than myself and likely many teenagers would find her music more enjoyable than I did.
Crystal Lily

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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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 By C. Lenoir on 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 By Scott B. Saul on February 23, 2011
Format: MP3 Music
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...but it's not.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chel Micheline TOP 100 REVIEWER on 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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