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3.38 | 42 ratings | 4 reviews | 14% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1977

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Inner Voice (4:07)
2. Come into View (6:45)
3. No Deal (7:11)
4. Too Late (5:16)
5. Within the Walls (6:26)
6. Left Behind (6:10)

Total Time: 35:55

Bonus tracks on 2007 CD release:
7. Second Corner (live) (6:34)
8. No Deal (live) (7:45)

Line-up / Musicians

- Sylvi Lillegaard / vocals
- Kjell Larsen / guitar
- Jan Simonsen / keyboards
- Asle Nilsen / bass
- Thor Bendiksen / drums

- Svein Hansen / percussion (2,3)

Releases information

Artwork: Jan Ole Norum with Kim Hart

LP Polydor ‎- 2382 081 (1977, Norway)

CD Pan Records ‎- PACD029 (2007, Norway) With 2 bonus Live tracks

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RUPHUS Inner Voice ratings distribution

(42 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(14%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(33%)
Good, but non-essential (29%)
Collectors/fans only (24%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by ClemofNazareth
2 stars New keyboardist, new lead singer for Ruphus on their fourth album but the music is quite similar to the fusion sound of their third record 'Let Your Love Shine'. Sylvi Lillegård replaced Gudny Aspaas on vocals and while she actually sings as opposed to what wasd more like scat by Aspaas on the prior record, Lillegård has a decent voice but seems to have rather limited range and at times strains on higher octaves.

Like I said the sound here is quite similar to 'Let Your Love Shine', and in fact on the opening title track I had to check to make sure I was listening to the right CD. The songs on this one are all mature and developed as opposed to the prior record which included a couple of brief transitional snippets of instrumental music as interludes between longer tracks. The more rhythmic and poppish sounds of the latter seventies start to emerge here with songs like "No Deal" and "Left Behind", as they would with just about every other progressive rock band by the time the decade winded to a close.

But the light jazzy vibe is present throughout, particularly on the final two tracks which feature lengthy piano/guitar passages as well as stilted electronic keyboards. Fans of the bands have written rather glowing reviews praising Ms. Lillegård's vocals and the band's mature sound, but I honestly can't really get into this record at all. Musically the production is solid, competent and professional but there is little spark or innovation to draw in anyone other than hardcore fans of the band. And that is the definition of a two-star album, which is what I'm going to say this record is. Recommended to fans only and I should note now available on CD since Pan Records reissued it a few years ago.


Latest members reviews

4 stars Great Krautrock/fusion sounding Norwegian heavy prog with similarities to bands as diverse as Jane, Caravan and Heart. The music is mainly soft mellowish jazzyrock fusion with mostly nice sounding keyboards like fender rhodes and tasteful guitars, accompanied by steady, funky grooves and b ... (read more)

Report this review (#2243392) | Posted by Kingsnake | Tuesday, August 13, 2019 | Review Permanlink

4 stars The "Inner voice" comes from Miss Sylvi Lillegaard: her voice impact on RUPHUS incredible instrumental developments reminds me Janis Joplin fury meeting Annie Haslam sweetness eh. My favorite female singer may be Sonja Kristina, but this underrated Norway band amazes us bringing Sylvi. OK ... (read more)

Report this review (#205744) | Posted by Prog_Veteran | Sunday, March 8, 2009 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Thanks for the warning that every album I like isn't a masterpiece. Well ... this is a masterpiece. A fantasic album of jazzrock with a singer, Sylvi Lillegaard, whose vocal achivements is from another world. It's power, it's melancolic, it's .... everything! Sadly this album is only obtainabl ... (read more)

Report this review (#32770) | Posted by | Tuesday, November 9, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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