Two Way Monologue

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Sondre Lerche's first album, Faces Down, was bursting with promise. Two Way Monologue fulfills that promise and then some. Right from the beginning of the first song "Love You" a brief instrumental that hints at things to come with a sunbursting string arrangement and beautiful chords stacked together like bunches of flowers, it is clear that Lerche has lost some of the tentativeness that made his debut flawed and has blossomed into a pop craftsman of the highest regard. The songs on Two Way Monologue are lyrically mature and sophisticated; the sound of the album is full and arranged perfectly, Lerche effortlessly twists his vocal into falsetto swoops and intimate whispers, ...
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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Sondre Lerche's first album, Faces Down, was bursting with promise. Two Way Monologue fulfills that promise and then some. Right from the beginning of the first song "Love You" a brief instrumental that hints at things to come with a sunbursting string arrangement and beautiful chords stacked together like bunches of flowers, it is clear that Lerche has lost some of the tentativeness that made his debut flawed and has blossomed into a pop craftsman of the highest regard. The songs on Two Way Monologue are lyrically mature and sophisticated; the sound of the album is full and arranged perfectly, Lerche effortlessly twists his vocal into falsetto swoops and intimate whispers, and almost every song is worthy of starring on a mix CD made to impress your friends. Songs like the complex "Track You Down" and "Wet Ground" point to a new level of sophistication both in the songwriting and the performance. "Two Way Monologue" is a perfect distillation of Lerche's style and is probably his best song. Starting as an acoustic ballad that shifts into a rollicking pop tune and then into an Astral Weeks-ish ballad and back, it really is an amazing song. Lyrically it is a touch inscrutable, but that is part of his charm as well. What this record has that his debut didn't are the surprises that pop up at regular intervals and add richness to the arrangements: the honking sax on the wonderful "Two Way Monologue," the Beach Boys vocal harmonies throughout, the bongos on "Days That Are Over," the snaky pedal steel on the achingly beautiful "Stupid Memory." This is a record made by people who have a firm grasp on how to construct an album, from Sean O'Hagan and Marcus Holdaway's tasteful string arrangements to HP Gundersen, Andy Robinson, and Jorgen Træen's arrangements to Lerche's stellar production, there is not a weak moment on the album. In fact, if you hear a pop record with better songs, performances, or arrangements in 2004 than Two Way Monologue, then it will have been a great year for music. The record may get lost in the shuffle and noise of the music biz, but if you manage to find it, cherish it, because it is a gold record, sales figures be damned.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/2004
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • UPC: 724359802725
  • Catalog Number: 980273

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Love You (1:37)
  2. 2 Track You Down (4:38)
  3. 3 On The Tower (3:49)
  4. 4 Two Way Monologue (5:42)
  5. 5 Days That Are Over (4:09)
  6. 6 Wet Ground (3:11)
  7. 7 Counter Spark (4:13)
  8. 8 It's Over (3:11)
  9. 9 Stupid Memory (4:10)
  10. 10 It's Too Late (5:18)
  11. 11 It's Our Job (2:47)
  12. 12 Maybe You're Gone (4:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sondre Lerche Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Glockenspiel, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Soloist, Guitar (Baritone)
Marcus Holdaway Cello
Leslie Ahern Background Vocals
Jorgen Træen Organ, Voices, electronics
Julian Berntzen Background Vocals
Morten Skage Bass
HP Gundersen Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Tambourine, Background Vocals, fender rhodes
Kato Ådland Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Piano, Pedal Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Voices, Mellotron
Ole Ludvig Krüger Piano, Drums, Shaker
Nathalie Nordnes Dialogue
Gabriel Fliflet Accordion
Technical Credits
Sean O'Hagan Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Andy Robinson Arranger
Marcus Holdaway String Arrangements
Sondre Lerche Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements, Instrumentation
Jorgen Træen Arranger, Producer, Engineer
HP Gundersen Arranger, Producer
Kato Ådland Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EXCELLENT ALBUM

    This album is great! I can always listen to Sondre for whatever mood i'm in. His music is really relaxing and easy to listen to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Music For Anytime Anywhere

    Every song has great lyrics and they're very unique. Its the type of album where it gets better everytime you listen to it. I can listen to it wherever I am. I would seriously recommend it to anyone. Very chill.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEST MUSIC EVER-- SERIOUSLY

    The beautiful music will enrich your life and will give goosbumps as you hear how wonderful his music really is. This is like the part three of a never ending music Sondre Lerche writes and sings. If you like this cd, try his other two.(Faces down, Don't be shallow EP) There all amazing.

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