Review Summary: A really big step down from her last release, "Another Day". Very generic, very dull and only got a few songs worth the money.1 of 1 thought this review was well written
Lost In A Moment by Lene Marlin
This CD struck down rather sudden for me, I didn't really know about it until I accidentally stumbled upon it at my local record store. I'm not surprised though, her last record "Another Day" was in no way any success, with only about 600 000 copies sold worldwide. I am somewhat of a fan boy for this beautiful singer from Norway so I just had to pick this one up. Although my expectations weren't very high after a somewhat disappointing follow-up to the incredible "Playing My Game" debut I was still convinced that "Lost In A Moment" would at least weight up to the standard of "Another Day". Sadly, it didn't. Although her voice still is shining bright, the music becomes more and more generic for every record. It's a shame really, because with her voice so many great things could've been accomplished. Even though I'm disappointed, it still has a few highlights. The opening song "My Lucky Day" is a great example. This song is one of her greatest songs from all of her catalogue and it's the only song here that really deserves to be compared to the "classics" from "Playing My Game". It opens up with picking acoustic guitar and Lene humming, followed soon after by drums and electric guitars building up the intensity to amazing levels. For the verse it slows down again but the drums keep pounding. The chorus is a perfect written power-pop-ballad and works really well. The lyrics are also worth mentioning, because they are also very standout and good for a pop song. "All I Can Say" is very generic sounding and doesn't weight up at all to the previous track. This is much slower and even though the singing is good and it has a few good lines it's nothing special. Next up is "How Would It Be" which actually turns up the volume a bit and it works okay. It's a good effort, her faster songs becomes better and better for every record. "Hope You're Happy" is another step back, it's just slow and dull with annoying guitars. Nothing really happens in this song except from some nice harmonics in the chorus. Luckily, after this another highlight arises, called "What If". It's a kind of a soft song, maybe a little cheesy lyrics. It's at times slow, but Lene's singing makes up for it. She has a good pace and the guitars works really well together with her voice. The chorus is more upbeat and very appealing. A pure pop single is what it is.
"Leave My Mind" opens up dark, with slow drumming and picking guitars and a really sad-sounding Lene. Her vocals are brilliant, as always but the song itself is way to generic and dull to be of any interest. Following is "When You Were Around" which rides on the same soft wave. Acoustic guitars back up a slow singing sad love song. This song is a real ballad, with just the acoustic guitar and Lene all the way through it. It doesn't appeal me the slightest, it's just boring actually. "Never To Know" is a little more upbeat but still way to slow for me. It got some nice moments, like the opening with strings and some lines in the pre-chorus but other than that, a skip. Next up is "Eyes Closed" which finally leaves that ballad-sounding trace. It's nothing fancy though, not even the chorus which actually is a bit upbeat and featuring some strong singing. The lyrics and the rhymes are very cheesy here. "It's True" is the first piano-tune on this record and piano plus Lene's voice usually is a success. It's a decent song, but far from the best ones on this record. The piano is a nice touch though, most songs here is just accompanied by guitars, mostly acoustics. The ending track, "Wish I Could" opens up with Lene singing harmonics until drums and a catchy acoustic guitar comes in. It's a upbeat story, from verse to chorus. As said before, her faster songs grows on me and becomes better and better for every listen.
Overall this record is very generic sounding. The acoustic guitar plus great voice might work on one or two records, but on a third it's just becoming annoying. Half of the songs here follows this formula and really ruins this record, because the upbeat tunes are actually quite good, most of them.
This record is recommended to you that...
...enjoys slow pop ballads.
...is really into vocal harmonics.
...liked the faster songs on her previous records.
This record is NOT recommended to you that?
...can't stand some occasionally cheesy lyrics.
...was disappointed by "Another Day".
...is expecting something revolutionary for the genre.
Overall rating: 2/5