Lene Marlin
Twist the Truth


4.0
excellent

Review

by Trey Spencer STAFF
April 2nd, 2009 | 72 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Mellow and emotive, this is the kind of pop Lene Marlin excels at.

I have gone through six introductions and they have all degraded into bouts of unrestrained admiration for Lene Marlin’s music. Her approach to mellow acoustic pop comes across in such an elegant manner and in such a unique way that it’s hard to sound objective. Lene Marlin is able to take the appealing, easily consumable nature of pop and merge it with emotionally-charged vocals and subtle, yet effective, music. It really is an accomplishment because her songs are often despondent; regularly sounding like one more disappointment could shatter the poor girl. Also, she is generally more focused on delivering an emotional experience than a strong hook, but her songs still manage to maintain that accessible quality essential to pop.

It’s hard not to fall in love with a song such as the first single, “Here We Are”, with its catchy melodies that capably meld violins and keyboards over a subtle bed of acoustic guitars. The fact is, though, that this is about as conventional as Lene Marlin gets. Much more representative are songs such as “You Could Have”, which has to be one of the most moving songs of Lene’s career. In its short duration (just under four minutes) it manages a slow build up that begins with acoustic guitars before slowly incorporating piano, keyboards and percussion. By the end of the song, all of these elements have come together in a powerful crescendo with a dominant electric guitar solo and Lene singing “You could come to get her; you could have. You could come to protect her; you should have” before ending with a wave of subtle white noise.

In addition to the type of emotional acoustic guitar-driven songs that her fans know her for, Lene also used this album to expand her musical palette. One of the songs that may surprise longtime fans is “Have I Ever Told You” which seems to take a page from Emiliana Torrini’s book of pop. This is an upbeat track that delivers a playfully energetic beat and a groovy bass-line accentuated by a banjo melody and brass accompaniment. It’s a nice break from the downcast nature present throughout the album and will be great in a live setting. While on the subject of the album’s disheartened temperament, Lene takes things to new levels with “Learn from Mistakes”. This gloomy song takes a minor piano melody, layers of violins, and a strange synth sound in order to convey a strong feeling of hopelessness that only subsides for the chorus.

Songs such as “Learn from Mistakes” seem to prove that a lesson was learned on Lene Marlin’s last album; don’t make her do upbeat pop. Lene’s forte is in delivering mellow, emotional songs that thrive on her delicate vocals and the sensations they create in union with the distinctively gloomy music. This album takes her strengths and builds on them while correcting past mistakes and moving forward with new ideas. The music found here easily rivals her debut in sheer gloominess, and outdoes her sophomore album in the amount of emotional content… and her third album; as one may imagine, this is better than that misstep in every way possible.



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Willie
Moderator
April 2nd 2009


16049 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7 | Sound Off

She is my favorite artist out of any genre of music and I'm sure a little bit of that came across in the review. Oops.

Edit: I should probably put it here too... the link for the first single from this album:

Lene Marlin Video

Digging: Skrew - Universal Immolation

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
April 2nd 2009


15743 Comments


shit man every time you review i feel like i should be writing something but then i go and see whats on the tv

Digging: Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

Willie
Moderator
April 2nd 2009


16049 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7 | Sound Off

There was just a lot of stuff I wanted to cover over the last few weeks... I'm slowing down now, I promise.

Altmer
April 2nd 2009


5652 Comments


I'm sitting down here but hey you can't see me

Willie
Moderator
April 2nd 2009


16049 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7 | Sound Off

Oh yeah, here is a link for the video for her first single:

Lene Marlin Video

fireaboveicebelow
April 2nd 2009


6837 Comments


the single is pretty decent...but I dunno

Willie
Moderator
April 2nd 2009


16049 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7 | Sound Off

ha ha, like I said that song is one of the more "conventional" ones on the album.

jingledeath
April 2nd 2009


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

song from the video was excellent, getting this asap.

oh and another excellent review Willie

jrowa001
April 2nd 2009


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i saw this on your last.fm yesterday and checkd out some of her songs. pretty good stuff. nice review and ill get this soonThis Message Edited On 04.02.09

Willie
Moderator
April 2nd 2009


16049 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7 | Sound Off

I didn't know you liked this kind of music, jingledeath.

Yeah, my last.fm is usually a good way to figure out what I'm attempting to review that week because there's an excessive amount of plays compared to everything else. This should be exactly your thing. Just don't listen to it once and forget about it though!

Chewie
April 2nd 2009


4532 Comments


holy crap, another one?

nice work as always

Willie
Moderator
April 2nd 2009


16049 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7 | Sound Off

Last one until next week (mid-week, not beginning), promise! There was just a lot of stuff I wanted to cover this week (I really like Lunik and Lene Marlin).

Altmer
April 2nd 2009


5652 Comments


what is your last.fm anyway?

jingledeath
April 2nd 2009


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't know what the hell I like anymore lol but I've always been a sucker for chick singers

Willie
Moderator
April 2nd 2009


16049 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7 | Sound Off

what is your last.fm anyway?
My Last.FM


While I'm handing out links, SputnikMusic has a Myspace page....

Sputnik Myspace Page

This Message Edited On 04.02.09

JizzInMyPants
April 2nd 2009


2371 Comments


not bad...nto bad at all...too bad because when it comes to pop im more of a singles guy than an album guy

thebhoy
Emeritus
April 2nd 2009


4461 Comments


nice, I'm gonna check this out.

Willie
Moderator
April 2nd 2009


16049 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7 | Sound Off

too bad because when it comes to pop im more of a singles guy than an album guy
Meaning what?
nice, I'm gonna check this out.
Cool. Looking forward to hearing what you think.

jrowa001
April 2nd 2009


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ill try not to listen to it just once. im taking a large break from downloading so i can catch up with some music ive been wanting to listen to so if i relly like this im sure to listen to it a few times

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
April 2nd 2009


15743 Comments


Meaning what?


meaning he has no idea what he's talking about



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