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Out of My Hands [Import]

Morten HarketAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 1, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal Import
  • ASIN: B007G5O3K0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,562 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2012 solo album from the former lead vocalist for Norwegian Pop trio a-Ha. Features the singles 'Lightning' and 'Scared Of Heights'. Universal.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The snow has covered every track from me to you. May 25, 2012
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This is an about face for Morten Harket. This is the type of music you expected him to make back in 1993 when he first went solo, but he went in a more alternative rock direction instead. I agree with another reviewer here that "Out Of My Hands" sounds out of time because it is most closely related to 1985's "Hunting High And Low", 1986's "Scoundrel Days" and 1988's "Stay On These Roads". Everything here is layered with lush synthesizer swaths and Morten's angelic vocals--something that was sorely missing from his other four solo albums.

"Out Of My Hands" sounds most like a-ha, and although he attempts to best his former band, what you get is just a nice set of 10 songs. From the soaring "Scared Of Heights" to the quiet balladry of "Quiet". Harket even does the Pet Shop Boys "Listening" justice. There are solids tracks here, but no one track stands out over the rest.

In fact, this is what makes "Out Of My Hands" a bizarre listening experience. It is entertaining and nostalgic, but there is something missing from the proceedings. Many of the songs have melodic hooks, more so than his other four solo outings, but again, there is just something missing from making "Out Of My Hands" a five star experience.

I have been a fan of a-ha since "Take On Me", and I own all of their albums plus all of Morten Harket's albums as well, and this is a good effort, but it feels a little stiff, a little uninspired, and a little stale. I'm hoping Harket will try again, but why not go with a more experimental producer like Brian Eno. I think that would make a better musical foil for Harket, or even Daniel Lanois. Of course he could always go with Gareth Jones or Stephen Lipson--but it's clear from listening to "Out Of My Hands" that Harket needs a more inspired producer at the helm.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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This album feels like something that is out of time, something that has pieces of all his previous work with a-ha, as a solo artist. His voice is sweet and pure, his nuclear powered falsetto is as strong and flexible as ever. The music is 2000's electropop, filtered through the experience of a synth pop legend--the synthesizers feel like Scoundrel Days, but the electronic overlays feel more modern. Lyrically, the songs are enjoyable, but it is the union of Morten's magical voice and the lyrics that make them transcend pop music tropes and pull them into the realm of wonder. Honestly, I haven't heard him this engaged, this free in so long. I bought this album out of a sense of loyalty, but I have kept playing it because Morten has--once more--reminded me that he is a unique and incredibly talented singer, interpreter, and songwriter who has something to add. This album is a sure buy for any old school a-ha fan, and any long term Morten follower cannot be without it. I think that there are easily 4-5 singles that would do well across the globe as well. I wish him the very best of luck, and I'm going to keep listening to this for a long time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Voice Of a-ha Is Back May 1, 2012
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First of all, I have to say I'm blown away by the beauty of this album. It's worth buying for the song "Quiet", which is wonderful - I can hear it on a movie soundtrack. Other songs I really like are Lightening, Burn Money Burn and Listening, as well as Out of My Hands. There is one huge disappointment, though - the best song of the album, "Undecided" is missing!! If you listen to this song on U-Tube you will see how fantastic it is, and it's not here. That is a real drawback. The best song of the album and it's missing. But the others are so good and Morten never sounded better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have!!! July 17, 2012
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Grew up with his voice/music and never seize to stop surprising me. Hate to admit, not so manly of me to say, but the first track brought me to tears. It's soooo moving. If you're a fan of M. Harket, or if you are just a fan of brilliant vocalist (Demis Roussos, Mario lanza, ...)just get this CD, you won't regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sung to perfection - when I can hear him! September 8, 2013
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I've had a long hard think about this one since I published my review on Amazon UK last year. And I feel exactly the same now as I did then, but now I know why. Why I had problems with the backing, that is. What we have here is an attempt to emulate the a-ha sound and it succeeds. However, when I buy an a-ha album all three members are equally important to me and I want to hear them all, er, equally; when I buy a Morten Harket album I want to hear, yes, Morten Harket. For me, the backing must complement not drown his vocals nor should he be upstaged.

Anyway, I believe first impressions count so here are mine...

01 - SCARED OF HEIGHTS: He lifts ME up into the sky with this track - absolutely exhilarating. Definitely one of the best tracks on the album.

02 - KEEP THE SUN AWAY: The best parts are the great thumping fast throbbing beat at the start and his vocals switching from smooth and melodic to powerful and exciting. A grower methinks.

03 - LIGHTNING: At first it sounded as though he was in the room with me but unfortunately the backing becomes too busy - his voice gets backstaged quite early on. He does rise now and then but just as his beautiful notes reach me they are overpowered again. There are lots of nice and unusual sounds, though, and I like the 'organ' two thirds in.

04 - I'M THE ONE: I love the echoey sound in this at the start and I feel the Morten of the past. Again, the backing is too loud and intrusive a lot of the time so I'm missing those unmissable notes! The 'chorus' is a bit run-of-the-mill and without his distinctive voice the song might not be memorable.

05 - QUIET: Oh joy, this is the Morten we all know and love - his vocals make me shiver - so so so pure and beautiful AND it has a simple backing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of Morten's best solo albums.
Published 2 days ago by ENRIQUE MORENO MENDEZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
amazingly excellent.
Published 6 days ago by GRANT BARKLEY
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Album!!!
Out of My Hands is a really fantastic album overall; a few songs aren't totally to my liking (such as Burn Money Burn) but for someone who loves Introspective lyrics... Read more
Published 6 months ago by bk
5.0 out of 5 stars mesmerizing!!!!!!!!
I can't stop listening to it , his best solo effort thus far....He has the most beautiful, captivating, mesmerizing voice of any male singer I have ever heard.... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kathy Dingess
5.0 out of 5 stars Oooooooooooooooooo sweet
This Morton man has one sweet voice!

A little different than Ah a....but that was the point of him going solo.
Still worth it.
Published 7 months ago by Jordie
5.0 out of 5 stars out of my hands
I chose this rating because I love A-ha and have been following them for years. Morten's voice is one of the best out there. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Brian
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for a-ha fans!
Well, I'm a true Morten fan. Morten has the most pure and beautiful voice. Lead singer for a-ha for 25 years and now on his own and doing quite well beginning a new tour. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Yours Trudie
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Morthen Harket as we love him!
There is not a song on this CD that I do not like. The music makes the best of Morten's incredible vocal range and the music suits his voice brilliantly. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lucy Randall
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good.
Surprisingly good. Wasn't sure what to expect as i hadn't heard anything from him for quite a few years but this was a great listen with some really strong songs on there.
Published 9 months ago by Sputnik
5.0 out of 5 stars Morten is Amazing
I was an A-Ha fan back in the eighties and just recently found them again when I saw Morten Harket on the Billboard Music Awards performing with Pitbull and Christina Aguilera. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Debra Martinez
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