Apparently Unaffected

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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Hailing from Norway, singer Maria Mena found herself with some surprisingly high success at only 15 years old, a pop prodigy incorporating adult levels of emotion into her songwriting early, and backing it up with a soulful vocal that carries the right pieces to make the sound whole. On Apparently Unaffected, her third album builds strongly upon her previous efforts. While there are a few fairly standardized pop tracks (the bouncing but lyrically flat "Boytoy Baby"), the bulk of the album uses well-constructed arrangements set around the strong but intentionally unmanipulated vocals of Mena. The pieces pack an emotional punch through her delivery as much as through the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Hailing from Norway, singer Maria Mena found herself with some surprisingly high success at only 15 years old, a pop prodigy incorporating adult levels of emotion into her songwriting early, and backing it up with a soulful vocal that carries the right pieces to make the sound whole. On Apparently Unaffected, her third album builds strongly upon her previous efforts. While there are a few fairly standardized pop tracks (the bouncing but lyrically flat "Boytoy Baby"), the bulk of the album uses well-constructed arrangements set around the strong but intentionally unmanipulated vocals of Mena. The pieces pack an emotional punch through her delivery as much as through the lyrics. There's longing here, and passion, and a guarded vulnerability. Mena has a slight warble to much of her phrasing, a touch that makes some of the passages sound as though pried from an emotional outburst. For the most part, though, this makes for a nice addition to fairly moving tracks. It can be a bit much over the course of the album as a whole, but on any individual track, the sound is entirely refreshing, something worth hearing anew now and then. She's still breaking into the American markets, having captured much of the European scene already, but Mena, and most of Apparently Unaffected, are worth seeking out.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/15/2006
  • Label: Columbia Europe
  • UPC: 828767586922
  • Catalog Number: 675869
  • Sales rank: 94,550

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Maria Mena Primary Artist, Vocals
Eileen Siegel Violin
Andre Orvik Violin
Vegard Johnsen Violin
Dorthe Dreier Viola
Hans Josef Groh Cello
Bendik Foss Viola
Arvid Solvang Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Electric Guitar, Fuzz Bass
Fredrik Wallumrød Drums
Tanja Orning Cello
Gunnhild Sundli Vocals
Stig Ove Ose Viola
Eivind Buene Conductor
Øyvind Fossheim Violin
Jørn Halbakken Violin
Martin Sjølie Hammond Organ, Pump Organ, Piano (Grand)
Technical Credits
Morten Lund Mastering
Maria Mena Composer
Arvid Solvang Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Eivind Buene String Arrangements
Martin Sjølie Programming, Producer, Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    She's Great.

    Maria Mena is by far one of the best artists i've ever heard. If you buy this c.d. you WILL NOT regret it. This c.d. will leave you wanting to buy all of her sounds. She is wonderful.

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