Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Review -- CORTINA -- Been A Long Time

BEEN A LONG TIME
Cortina
Independent
6.5-out-of-10
While I tend to focus on Canadian music, occasionally something from afar arrives for review, and in the case of Cortina, we have a band from the land of the Vikings. However, this Norwegian band has none of the grit and raw power of the famed Vikings.This is a very popish effort. For the most part everything here, it's all written by Paul Hansen is light and bright.Now that isn't to suggest Hansen doesn't have a pretty solid idea of what he's doing in the genre.The lead cut Been A Long Time, and its follow-up Falling Star, could both make pop radio easily.Here I Stand with about two note changes could be a country song these days. In fact, as it is, it reminds a lot of something the Canadian band The Cruzeros might come up with.Lift Me Up is another song that could easily move to country.Musically, and lyrically, there are no risks taken here. It's all just nice and safe. Solid yes, but there isn't much here that will last.I will admit, granted there are some nice hooks for fans to quickly sing along too, and a few harmonica solos that catch the ear, but in the end it just seems a bit short.This is the sort of material that inches into the top 50 with a single or two, but quickly lose momentum and fade off the list rather than soaring higher.The mix of near country, with pure soft pop doesn't enhance the package any either.The band has a website in Norwegian, but you can search them out on myspace.com for some English background.
-- CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Nov. 12, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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