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  • Summary: This is the debut album for the singer from Norway.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. The album only has two full-fledged ballads, and while they don’t burst with the same life as the rest of the record, they showcase the songwriting and performance chops that should earn Maria a notable career beyond this impressive debut.
  2. 90
    Ida Maria throws herself into every song as if it's all a big finale, which makes for an auspicious beginning.
  3. Still, overreaching is a forgivable flaw on an otherwise accomplished debut, which usually sounds so confident in its creator's insecurities.
  4. It’s a confident, downright cracking debut record, and late to the party as we in North America may be, when the music’s a fun as this, it hardly matters at all.
  5. The foursome sound like they're making it up as they go along on much of Fortress, and Sivertsen could go easier on the drunken confessionals. But you can only argue so much with an album this warm and tuneful.
  6. She’s great, but Lord, it’s heavy-going.
  7. Sivertsen wants to be seen as out-of-control, but instead sounds more like she is pretending to be drunk.

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  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
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  1. Jun 9, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. For what its worth, I went to 7-11 and bought two Kashi bars and a bottle of Minute Maid apple juice while everybody celebrated their one-year anniversary in your name. There was salad, I was told. I had always hoped we'd bump into each other at the Down to Earth across the street. Expand

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