Norway - Full Moon 40 - 01/21/00
Yet another project including Kristian Lorentzen (of Levinsky, also see Buster), this time
together with one Hans Petter Haaland, with both of them on guitars, bass, vocals,
etc. Of the 14 tracks on Cactus (released last year) 11 are their own material.
3 tracks are "borrowed" from Televisions Greatest Hits (!), so you'd better
check out Stingray, Six Million Dollar Man, and The Men From Shiloh
to see if you can join some TV-themes quiz show somewhere.
Apart from the odd'n'hillarious TV-three-pack (widescreen cowboy-space-o-rama
orchestration), the rest of Cactus is quite serious. The title track is instrumental,
as well as the song Accordion, which is a nice little tune. And the music? A (s)light
touch of Elliott Smith? Laidback, quiet songs, mainly of the acoustic type, and quite a few
decent songs as well. Such as Let Me Know, Know He Will, Obvious But Strange,
and my biggest favorite, M. Hohner, with its switching vocals, of which one sounds like
being sung inside a box. The closing track Recast is the most sulky one, but the
instrumentation is quite neat.
An entertaining album after all. Will there be any more
recordings, or is Luigi history by now? We just have to wait and
Luigi, Att.: H.P.
Haaland, Pilestredet 66, 0350 Oslo, Norway
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