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Northern Light - 2005 Northern Light

Tor Talle - guitars, bass, keyboards

Vocals - Fergie Frederiksen, Kimmo Blom, Tony Mills, Peter Sundell, Rob Moratti, Mikael Erlandsson, Persa
Keyboards - Fredrik Bergh, Egil Orvedal
Bass - Rune Gandrud, Roger Allan Ivin
Drums - Jango Nilsen
Backing Vocals - Marianne Hagen, Rick Barron

Tor Talle hails from Norway. And like many from that fair land, has an abundance of melody flowing through his veins. A talented musician, he has managed to concoct a beautiful selection of tunes that traverses a fine line between AOR and West Coast. If that middle-ground suits your taste-buds then read on! The lineup of guests is impressive. Which makes the resulting songs all the more interesting because the style changes with the singer. I had to make a conscious juggle when reviewing this album that I was not listening to a Grand Illusion album, a Shy album, or an Urban Tale album for instance, such is the direct comparsion when listening to Peter Sundell, Tony Mills and Kimmo Blom: all three singers containing distinctive voices. Of late we have been hearing all the West Coast/AOR projects that Tommy Denander has been involved with. All wonderful albums, and now Tor Talle has thrown his name into the hat as a future contender in the melodic rock stakes. If I was to describe it musically, then a cross between Danish outfit Toys Of Joy and fellow Norwegians On The Rise would be it. Northern Light are not as mellow as label-mate Jay Miles for instance, but edgier in the guitar stakes.

The Songs
Stand out songs for me include the racy 'While There's Still Time' featuring Tony Mills. His vocal delivery is smooth while the arrangement rocks more than most. The tune 'High Above The Sky' featuring Final Frontier's Rob Moratti is indeed high on melody, the soaring vocal complimenting the music. I loved 'Don't Turn Away', Peter Sundell from Grand Illusion keeping his high-pitched powerful voice in check. The West Coast feel grooves beautifully. Fergie Frederiksen makes an appearance on 'Eye To Eye', and though the song is mid-paced, there is enough of his character to make it compelling. Elsewhere, you will be able to navigate through the album and retain a smile on your face, if melody bordering on that fine-line of 'edgy' and 'laid back' appeals to you.

In Summary
Probably the only issue I have with the album is the drum sound. The snare in particular, sounds as if it has been pushed back in the mix. I feel it needed to have more presence, but really, who can complain when the music is edgy and melodic as this. Certainly, Europe is where it is happening at the moment and if Norway keeps churning out goodies like the revamped Stage Dolls and On The Rise and now Northern Light, then we might not bother looking anywhere else!

URL: www.tortalle.com

Track Listing:
01 I Will Follow You (Peter Sundell)
02 Don't Turn Away (Peter Sundell)
03 While There's Still Time (Tony Mills)
04 Still My Hero (Kimmo Blom)
05 When I Close My Eyes (Tony Mills)
06 Rain Of Tears (Persa)
07 Eye To Eye (Fergie Frederiksen)
08 High Above The Sky (Rob Moratti)
09 Lay Down Your Defences (Kimmo Blom)
10 Living On A Lie (Peter Sundell)
11 The Story Lives On (Mikael Erlandsson)
12 Wherever You Go (Persa)


Related Articles:

Northern Light - 2005 Northern Light

Interview with Tor Talle (Jul 2005)

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#1 | Jez on June 16 2008 12:35:21
Good line up of vocalists that generally deliver the goods (Fergie Frederiksen especially)and Tor Talle delivers some nice solos. My main problem with this is that it is yet another of those ok-good releases which we are being swamped with at the moment. Songs are ok, playing is ok, production is ok (although no bottom end which gives a tinny feel to the whole thing). In this day and age, I want more than OK i'm afraid.
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