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2.76 | 34 ratings | 5 reviews | 15% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1994

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. How To Make It? (3:40)
2. Inside Our Place (3:26)
3. Fly Away (7:31)
4. Whims Of Time (4:28)
5. Play My Part (4:54)
6. Whatever (5:56)
7. Sky Is Dark (3:58)
8. Stone Of Light (4:34)
9. Earl Grey (3:09)
10. Mountain Queen (4:04)
11. The Inflated Man (2:58)
12. Never Really Learn (7:27)

Total Time: 56:08

Line-up / Musicians

- Robert Hauge / guitars
- Jon Barstad / guitars
- Siri M. Seland / keyboards, vocals, bass
- Tore Bø / bass, keyboards
- Pål Søvik / drums, vocals

- Morten Bing / acoustic guitar (7)

Releases information

Artwork: François Bonvin's (1817-1887) painting

CD Cyclops ‎- CYCL 016 (1994, UK)

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FRUITCAKE How To Make It ratings distribution

(34 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(15%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(29%)
Good, but non-essential (38%)
Collectors/fans only (12%)
Poor. Only for completionists (6%)

FRUITCAKE How To Make It reviews

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Review by ZowieZiggy
2 stars This band has little to do with the great Scandinavian scene. Although that later releases will show some better stuff, this album is rather average. The lowest point being their lead singer: almost a disaster, unfortunately.

This second album doesn't sound great to tell you the truth. Pretty much similar to their debut one. No more. Of course, if you like some derivative Banks keyboards, you might be thrilled. But I prefer the original. Can I be blamed for this?

Now, don't get me wrong: this album is not bad; it just lacks of originality and texture. At times, it is moving (like the intro of ''Fly Away'') but these moments are too scarce, really. At times they do sound as their fellowmen ''Titanic''. But they are far to have released a jewel as ''Sultana'' or ''I See No Reason''.

Some fine keyboards still, like during ''Whims Of Time'' are saving the job, but vocals are usually destroying the good feeling. Same remark is valid during ''Whatever'' which holds a nice but mellowish melody.

The best here is probably the closing ''Never Really Learn''. But this won't lead us to heaven. Two stars.

Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Fruitcake's debut was definitely an uneven release,containing plenty of excellent but plenty of dull moments as well.This was however enough for the band to be signed by Cyclops Records,leaving the small Briskeby Records.In the meantime the band was recording the second full-length album with two session guitarists,Jon Barstad and Robert Hauge,as original member Steffen Holthe was called to fullfill his army season.

The 1994 ''How to make it'' is musically a slight development over ''Fool tapes''.The orientation of the band is now bright in their minds,Progressive Rock with a big time retro feeling and some Neo Prog styles thrown in.The tracks are rather short but the sound is mostly excellent in the familiar Fruitcake style,slow tempo arrangements with symphonic leanings based on atmosphere and melody.Influences are also clear,GENESIS,PINK FLOYD,IQ and ANGLAGARD are the most obvious ones.The keyboard work is absolutely great,nice vintage organ passages and careful use of synths,while the session guitarists have plenty of good ideas as well.But the main problem of the band is always there: the vocal section,which is pretty average,if not bad with both Seland and Sovik having very mediocre and unexpressive voices.If this band had a better man behind the microphone,they could produce a really great album,at least regarding this release.

So things are more than clear.Musically the band offers a lot of highlights and the general style is not original but definitely quite personal.But if good vocals are a main element in your preferences,you will be rather dissapointed.Even so,''How to make it'' is a decent listening in my books.Recommended.

Review by friso
2 stars Fruitcake is a rather introvert Norwegian progband led by drummer/vocalist/composer Pal Sovik. Their sound is full of vintage organ, synths and some nice electric guitars. Most compositions are in the minor key, slow-paced and with some well controlled synth outbreaks. The ability to keep their sound tightly together makes Fruitcake an original band and a welcome variation on all the bombastic groups. The vocals by Sovik are the band's main weakness, though this problem would be less imminent on later albums. On this album the band shows some real talent for composing grasping melodies, but fails to deliver complete songs that work. Their minimalist melancholy style is really charming on their next album 'Room for Suprises' (which I rated with a five star because of its personal impact on me as a listener), but on 'How to Make it' the band really sounds a bit immature.

This album is for real fans of Fruitcake that after discovering the melancholy & slow-burning 'Room for Suprises' and the more up-beat symphonic (heavy) prog albums 'One More Slice' and 'Power Structure' are still asking for more. Could still make an impact if it hits the right chord with the listener.

Latest members reviews

2 stars The second album from this band and the third one I have reviewed. Fruitcake is from Norway and I knew their drummer from when I lived in Norway. I never got the chance to sample the Fruitcake albums back then though. Fruitcake does a Genesis leaning form of neo prog. Pendragon and IQ is also ... (read more)

Report this review (#594363) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Thursday, December 22, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Fantastic music. No, this is not Spock's Beard or your early 70's favorite Genesis album but it's a good mix of those band's styles. VERY appealing Hammond organ sound similar in mood to Tony Banks. The bass is a bit more like Squire. The guitar is more modern sounding ala Beard. The music is ve ... (read more)

Report this review (#185781) | Posted by dalt99 | Wednesday, October 15, 2008 | Review Permanlink

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