Norway - Full Moon 94 - 06/03/04
Just when summer is about to break around Norway Jim Stärk release this 5 song platter to
cool down the audience. Playing their mild breezed, laidback soft-cored rock. A bit surprisingly
they've hit the radio play-lists as well as the charts. Well, through two albums, 2002's Ten
Songs And Hey Hey and last year's No Time
Wasted, they've build themselves a name among lovers of Americana/folk-rock here in Norway. But
the're not the most likely band to have a minor summer hit.
There's been quite some raving about their take on Townes Van Zandt's classic beauty "Like A
Summer Thursday", and even if it's nice and good and so I almost get more pleased with a couple
of their own songs here. Like the main track "Morning Song", which is the one to get a lot of air-play.
"...you'll be okay for tomorrow and allright for today...".
Elegantly loose, a stroll barefoot through morning dewed grass while the sunrise saluts you. But
the better song on this EP is the closing "Heart of Coal" (nifty title), which is straight, low-toned
rock song, but indeed majestic. A comfy song for that time early in the morning when the horizon
is getting colored glowing red'n'orange.
Jim Stärk has put up a fine start for the summer season. Not exceptional, but perfectly
relaxed and accuratly. Let the sun rise.
Copyright © 2004 Håvard Oppøyen