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Apparently Unaffected
     

Apparently Unaffected

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by Maria Mena
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/15/2006
Label:
Columbia Europe
UPC:
0828767586922
catalogNumber:
675869
Rank:
114967

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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

Maria Mena   Composer
Arvid Solvang   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Eivind Buene   String Arrangements
Martin Sjølie   Programming,Producer,Engineer

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Apparently Unaffected 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.