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WHEN MARY

Crossover Prog • Norway


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Norwegian band WHEN MARY was formed by former White Willow vocalist Trude Eidtang (vocals, synthesizer, percussion) and Christian Paulsen (guitars, programming, synthesizer) in the summer of 2011, the band themselves describing their music as a blend of "art pop and trip hop with elements of symphonic rock". They released their first album "7summers7winters" in the beginning of 2013.

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3.95 | 3 ratings
7summers7winters
2013
3.12 | 7 ratings
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2017

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2014

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3.12 | 7 ratings

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Review by kev rowland
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3 stars It took four years for Trude and Christian to come back with their second album, and again the vast majority of the album is just the two of them, although they have used some additional musicians and singers on a couple of the songs. The album is inspired by the classic tale of Faust, the man who drives himself to damnation in his search for true enlightenment. It is shaped like a German Song Cycle and draws inspiration from the Franz Schubert song "Gretchen am Spinnrade", in which he portrays the mental and emotional turmoil of one of the characters. It is both more electronic and heavier than the debut album, with a darkness in place of the lightness.

Trude is also often singing in a more standard rock style, with "Soothing Stitches" being a case in point. This is almost commercial, and would find a happy place on the radio (apart from the drum machine, which has still yet to be taken out and shot). There is a gothic element, as the guys bring together classical, art pop and trip hop among others. In many ways this is an easier album to listen to than the debut, one that is much easier to get inside, and possibly that is why I didn't enjoy this quite as much as the debut. I would much rather that they had followed their own path instead of conforming to be more like others.

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3.95 | 3 ratings

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When Mary Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
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4 stars When Mary came into being after Trude Eidtang (vocals, synthesizer, percussion) left White Willow and joined forces with Christian Paulsen (guitars, programming, synthesizer), wanting to create music inspired by Kate Bush, Björk and Peter Gabriel. I didn't read the press release until after I had been listening to the album, and already had those three artists in mind to put into the review so wasn't surprised when I read it in black and white. Although this was released in 2013 I have only just come across it, which is a shame as there is a great deal here to enjoy. Musically it is mostly electronic, with small amounts of guitar, and all the focus being on the vocals. There is a great deal of reverb within the album, the result being something that is incredibly atmospheric, and Trude's vocals just bring the listener into a wonderful world. The more I played this the more I liked it (apart from the bloody drum machine - I hate those so much!), but the song that took me totally by surprise was John Denver's "Annie's Song". The original must be known by just about anyone my age, as it was all over the place in the Seventies, but here it has been slowed down and stripped back, and taken to a totally different place. This album is only 33 minutes long, but is well worth investigating.
Thanks to windhawk for the artist addition.

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