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"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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you're an A-Ha fan especially with Morton's voice , you'll love his solo albums.
He has a knack for being insightful on being a "human " and life .
amazing singer from A-HA to now his music is always differentPublished 16 months ago by Tallal K Dahar
Morten Harket is a great singer. Formerly the lead singer of the group A-ha, he has gone solo and does not disappoint. A tremendous beautiful voice and a great range.Published 17 months ago by Annie M daffodils