Now there it is: That Debut album the Norwegian girl in red. In the past two years she has filled the clubs not only in the far north, but also in Germany and brought teenagers to the edge of madness. She is loud, casual, vulnerable, queer and talented - so it's no wonder that she has earned some early praise with just a handful of songs. But while she let loose her EPs on people from her children's room on her own, she recorded this album with a talented team and in a professional studio. Including Finneas, the brother and songwriter of Shootingstar Billie Eilish. But you can't hear the new team. And that's the way it should be, it was this painful intimacy with which girl in red convinced everyone. On “If I Could Make It Go Quiet” there are only a few tracks that were already known, and the sound just got a little lush. But as the title suggests, girl in red is as open as ever and finds exactly the words that both sound like irrational teenage pain and still have the potential to touch adults.
girl in red shows new pages on “Serotonin”
The focus is not only on big questions of identity and lovesickness, but above all on your psychological problems. Also on the social networks the musician is open about depression and anxiety disorders. Sometimes she doesn't come outside the door for weeks, in other phases of life she is troubled by the inconstancy that touring brings with it. So if you're expecting a smooth-ironed pop star, you've come to the wrong place. Because all of this finds its way into her songs. That doesn't have to sound automatically sad, it doesn't miss its effect even with strong guitar riffs. So on the opener “Serotonin”:
"I'm running low on serotoningirl in red - serotonin
Chemical imbalance got me twisting things
Stabilize with medicine
There's no depth to these feelings
Dig deep, can't hide
From the corners of my mind
I'm terrified of what's inside "
While the musician toying with rap on this song, she combines pop and indie elements as usual on other tracks. With charm and attitude she sings, for example, about the accentuated rhythms of "Body And Mind". The single reveals just as deep crises as the powerful, dark sound suggests. But “If I Could Make It Go Quiet” reveals not only the inner chaos, but also the delicate side of girl in red. There is, for example, a heartbreaking love song that has exactly the amount of honesty that you just have to admire this young singer for. "Hornylovesickmess" is so ironic, so open and so straightforward. In contrast to this bluntness is the instrumental, full end of the song, which is lost in ambient sounds.
Rue - the song on which everything flows together
The album is at the same time one big feeling and yet incredibly multifaceted. The many doors that girl in red opened with her impulsive bedroom singles all seem to bring them together on “If I Could Make It Go Quiet”. The titles converge, allow themselves kitschy fragments as well as artistic wobbles and slow spirals in the vortex of thoughts. One of the highlights that unite everything is definitely “Rue”. The Norwegian starts the song almost acoustically, which then opens up into a fantastic chorus. Seldom has depression been as catchy and catchy as it is in this part, to which more and more elements are being added. But it is precisely this opulence that she contrasts with delicate, fragile singing. We hear a pleading whisper before the song hits you again. Goose bumps!
"Yeah, I triedgirl in red - Rue
to get it off my mind
to leave it all behind
Don't wanna make it wore,
I gonna make it work "
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