Liv Kristine - Enter My Religion
Reviewed by HelenB on 14th January 2007
Listening to this album was a complete waste of an hour's time. There was not a single track that managed to seriously engage me and spare me from the utter boredom it was taking me to.
Considering that Liv Kristine used to front a gothic metal band called 'Theatre of Tragedy', and gothic metal bands are usually lead by artists with powerful voices, such as Helen Vogt of 'flowing Tears', i was at least expecting her singing voice to impress, but unfortunately, this did not turn out to be the case. She couldn't quite hit the notes for the heavier songs, such as 'Trapped In Your Labyrinth' and 'My Revelation', which is a great shame, as these were the two most promising songs, and could have been quite impressive with the help of a better soprano type voice on them to back up the impressive piano playing. Her voice is too childlike to do the better songs justice, as she sounds more like she would be better placed singing S Club 7 songs.
There are actually a couple of catchy songs on the album, including 'Over The Moon' and 'Coming Home', but even these are let down by the overly sentimental lyrics, which may make some listeners want to vomit. They include lines like 'I feel like i'm coming home to you', and 'i climbed a mountain of freedom, and i picked a flower of truth.' Quite simply, yuck. As the singer is Norwegian though, i'm going to give her the benefit of doubt, and assume that perhaps something was lost in the translation.
The worst track on the album is most definitely the poor attempt at a cover of Bruce Springsteen's 'Streets of Philadelphia', where a poignant, moving, beautiful song has been transformed into an unbearable mess, which sounds like a five year old is singing it. All i could think when listening to it was, 'why?', and i still haven't figured that one out yet. The original was a nice song that did not need covering.
To conclude, there are a couple of ok pop tracks, but the album as a whole is pretty bland and way too sentimental.
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