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In the past few years, Erja Lyytinen has taken the international music scene by storm. She's a young, talented singer/songwriter and exceptional guitarist who plays everything from dobro to slide guitar. "But the guitar - or any instrument for that matter - is there just to support the story that I'm always trying to tell with a song", she says.

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  • Audio CD (28 Jan. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RUF
  • ASIN: B00AFBIJWA
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,782 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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Song Title Time Price
  1. Joyful Misery 4:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Hold On Together 3:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. At Least We Still Fight 3:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Forbidden Fruit 5:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Death Letter 4:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Change of Season 7:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Jealousy 3:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Press My Button 4:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Things Ablout Coming My Way 4:42£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

'Forbidden Fruit' finds Finnish slide guitarist Erja Lyytinen taking the blues into the personal realm, to find new ways of expressing her feelings, understanding life experiences and realising her musical ambitions. From the deeply felt lyrics and well crafted songs, to the emotional input of her solos and expansive band harmonies, 'Forbidden Fruit' embodies the essence of everything we identify as the blues. Whether you could call it therapy, deeply held personal convictions, or more simply a celebration of life, this album has it all. And as Erja humorously remarks; 'It was all made without an auto tuner (laughs), so everything is played and sang as you hear it'. 'Forbidden Fruit' is a multi layered album. Peel away a layer and you will find another rich seam of lyrical meaning and intricate guitar parts. The heart felt lyrics match the deep guitar tones and sonic textures, all glued together by Erja own natural vivacity. Recorded at Helsinki's Rescue Room Studios, the album's sensual front cover photo was shot at Murder Mile studios in London by Finnish photographer Tina Korhonen. The all female crew added to an apparent statement of Erja's self confidence. And there's much to be proud of, as 'Forbidden Fruit' explores the full spectrum of life's experiences; up, down and sideways. There's a imperceptible meeting of old blues traditions - the art of story telling and sexual double entendres - with contemporary musical values and guitar solo's that evoke lyrical meaning. For every well crafted turn of phrase there's an intricate guitar part to match, ranging from co-producer Davide Floreno's tremolo guitar figure on 'Joyful Misery' to Erja's guitar- led wall of sound on 'Jealousy'. She further explores the full tonal possibilities of her new custom shop Fender Stratocaster on 'Forbidden Fruit', 'Joyful Misery' and the dual guitar fest that is 'Change Of Season', while the radical arrangement and unusual chords on 'Death Letter' re-invigorate the blues standard and help integrate it into the albums sequential flow. Co-song writer Alan Darby (who has worked with Bonnie Raitt and Bonnie Tyler) provides the American feel on two relationship songs, the self explanatory 'At Least We Still Fight' and the deeply personal 'Joyful Misery'. The latter is inspired by a 50 year relationship between her uncle and aunt. The lyrics of the title tracks pull no punches - 'A flower in blossom attracts all kind of bees' - as Erja achieves her goal of 'sounding honest, beautiful and sad at the same time', before she belatedly offers us a cathartic release with Lil Johnson's 'Press My Button'. 'Forbidden Fruit' is an album of real substance, emotion, superb band interplay and Erja's very best vocals. The blues never sounded more essential.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pinballer on 8 Feb. 2013
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I knew nothing of Erja Lyytinen until I saw her live early in 2013. She is a great live performer and the real deal in terms of slide guitar. Is her sound new? certainly not as its blues guitar music but don't be put off because within the blues genre it is original. Erja has a deceptively laid back and melodic slide guitar style. Add in original compositions and a distinctive soft voice and you have a winning combination.
I have listened to lots of blues so its really great to find an artist that stands out as Erja does. Don't expect to be blown away by this album. The album hangs together well and is varied in terms of both emotion and speed. It is more of a slow burner and it grows on you the more you listen.
Great to hear a G&L/tele rather than just strat sounds for a change too-5 stars from me!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rob w on 24 Mar. 2013
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i don't know what is wrong with this album but i am damn sure that there is something not right. while Erja Lyytinen can definetly play guitar the album seems lacklustre whether this down to the production or the band something does not click the music never seems to catch fire particularly when compared to albums by joanne shaw taylor, ana popovic and in particular susan tedeschi. in summary i think the music lacks guts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Dillon on 1 May 2013
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This is the first time I have heard Erja Lyytinen and maybe this recording will grow on me the more I play it. There is no doubt that she is a very fine guitarist but I understand she may have produced some better work.
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I have trouble pronouncing her name but love listening to her music!! Can't wait to see her live when she's next touring and comes to Norfolk again.
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