Yet another descendant of the evergreen breed of Scandinavian singer-songwriters, Norwegian Rebekka Karijord has released for our ears here in the UK The Noble Art of Letting Go. Having been around for over 17 years now, this new record is her third release and represents a different side of her musical abilities; that of melancholic folk music full of pianos and strings recorded in the woody surroundings of Stockholm. Right from album opener, 'Wear It Like A Crown' you are presented with the most endearing and empowering aspect of this record which is a sense of fragility in Karijord's otherwise powerful voice and this brings her words closer to home and in certain tracks shocks you with its brutality and honesty. Title track 'The Noble Art of Letting Go' fulfils this criteria best and is the outstanding track of the record, both achingly beautiful and melodic at the same time.

However, the main problem with this album is there is quite a lack of variety. The catchy 'Parking Lot' attempts to break the mould with its jolty strings and off-time piano/drum combination, as does the more eerie 'Morning Light Forgives the Night', a duet with Ane Brun, but apart from that it is very melancholic and sombre in tone. 'Dead On My Feet' and 'This Anarchistic Heart', unfortunately placed one after another, are incredibly similar. Both are very sombre and present Karijord and piano at the forefront. It's not that they are bad tracks, there is no doubt in Karijord's ability to write thought-provoking and heart-tugging melodies, but you find yourself losing interest in the music because of the overwhelming bombardment of melancholy. Whilst this might seem harsh, as mentioned The Noble Art of Letting Go is undoubtedly a very personal and mature record, it is merely the honest opinion of this writer who is a little bit frustrated with what could of been an outstanding record but is prevented by getting bogged down with its own indulgence.

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