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Marion Raven - Here I am

Reviewer :
Kaj Roth Format: Album
Year: 2005
Label: Atlantic Records
Genre: Modern Rock
Producer: Max Martin
Artist discography


"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.

Tracklisting 1. Get Me Out Of Here
2. Break You
3. Crawl
4. Here I Am
5. Little By Little
6. End Of Me
7. 13 Days
8. For You I'll Die
9. Let Me Introduce Myself
10. Heads Will Roll
11. At The End Of The Day
12. Six Feet Under
13. Gotta Be Kidding
14. In Spite Of Me
15. Surfing The Sun


Melodic Net Comments 

Beng Rist
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.

I love her.

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