Norway - Full Moon 39 - 12/22/99
Ostmoe is Thorleif Østmoe doing everything himself,
in the best Prince tradition: writing, playing, singing,
arranging and producing. And of course, he also did the
cover design. Brave, you can't blame anybody else ... The CD
itself looks like a slice of lemon - cute.
The opening track, Out Of Here, is basically a
70's guitar riff spiced up with well known psychedelic tricks
like sitar sounds and sliding wah-wah guitars. The riff itself is
semi-catchy, but doesn't shake any foundations.
On to High Ride which is a bit more anonymous, a rather
straight AOR take, a little boring to these ears, in spite of
the vivid guitar solo. Years is slower and echoes Pink Floyd
most of the way, without impressing much, until another crafty guitar solo
Light Of The Day goes nowhere in particular, except the guitar,
which goes backwards. At The Point is a rather boring ballad,
with synth strings! Shadowland is a bit more noteworthy,
but also somewhat unfulfilled - you're kind of waiting for the song
to go further. With Welcome we're back to Pink Floyd, and
I even caught myself expecting the lyrics to go: "welcome ... to the machine."
The synth sound leaves no doubts about its origin. Not bad, but of course,
Pink Floyd already did this a lot better decades ago. Spacemaker
is a (spacey) sound collage and finishes the album.
Generally, a somewhat synthetic drum sound is present
throughout (the snare drum sound is particularly annoying on parts),
which does not quite benefit this kind of music. The rest of the
playing is competently done, so
how about renting a drummer next time? Anyway, there are room for
improvements here, but I think Ostmoe will need input (both production-wise and musically)
from others to make a really interesting album, although this debut-CD also documents that Ostmoe is a capable musician with lots of
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Copyright © 1999 Knut Tore Breivik