"Here I am" is the solo debut from 21 year old Marion Raven who was part of the Norwegian popduo M2M but has taken a more rocking approach on her own. She has written most of the songs by herself except a couple of songs such as "13 days" that was co-written with Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida of Our Lady Peace,this is a huge sounding orchestral modern rocker with a mature chorus. The music goes in the same vein as Kelly Clarkson and the Swedish new star Ana with a touch of Avril Lavigne,very predictable pop/rock where you can sing along in the choruses even before you heard them. A song that stands out is "End of me" that actually contains odd harmonies and cool guitarchords. I think it?s cool that Art Alexakis of Everclear sings duet on the piano ballad "At the end of the day",it reminds me a bit of something that Patty Smyth could?ve released on her "Never enough" album from 1987. An ok album with a few real nice songs but maybe a little too nice as a whole album.
A very disappointing album, when you look at the potencial that it has with a star gallery of producers and musicians. The two best songs are "Brake me"(Max Martin/Lukaz Gottwald) and "Here I am" (Marion Raven/Max Marin/Rami). I must say that in sted of a positive outlook on life, this seems to me as a bitter story of Marions past and some sort of avenge in the future. Why a young, talented and beautiful woman is so angry and bitter i just cant comprehend. This should have been Marions big brake in the states, i am sorry to say she has to rely on the colaboration with Meatloaf on his "Bat out of hell III" to get that brake.