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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars magne f- briliant songwriter, 21 Mar. 2005
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jurgita (norway, oslo) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Past Perfect Future Tense (Audio CD)
after years of being a-ha member, magne f at last released his own solo work , 'past perfect future tense' album. from the first time I heard it till now the songs always sounds in the head. you can feel the focus on lyrics in this album which seems to be very personal and so close. all album is calm like waving sea, but very strong in expression. it has really great songs like 'past perfect future tense', '2CUshine', 'noone gets me but you','envelope me' and genius touch of 'nothing here to hold you'. all they go from slow deep till energetic moods.magne f - master of words, melodies, guitar and piano dance.....
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Huge talent for a not so bad voice, 23 Feb. 2005
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Jose Luis Cartes Baguena (spain) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Past Perfect Future Tense (Audio CD)
Magne Furuholmen, the blond guy playing keyboards on a-ha, has taken 20 years to release his first solo effort. He has done some film music in the past and even recorded the song "Dragongly" that was later covered by A-ha on their "Lifelines" album. He's a recognized painter, sculptor and multimedia artist, but his ambition seems to have no limits now that he's regained confidence. His participation on A-ha songwriting has increased since Paul Waaktaar (the main A-ha songwriter) seems to be more focused on his paralel career with Savoy. More than half of A-ha latest album was composed by Magne, and that convinced everybody (even himself) that this work should be done. It's a fine, elegant, intimate, creative, and passionate album; Magne doesn't have Morten's voice but he doesn't even need it. The songs are brilliant and he does his best for the singing. Magne is by far the more cooperative member of A-ha; he has a good friendship with many of the most important artists today (Coldplay, Keane, etc) and some of them have collaborated on this first solo attempt. It's an ambitious work, even more than Morten's "Wild Seed" in 1995 or Paul's side career. It's taken longer but he doesn't deserve lesser respect. He will be touring in 2005 to promote it, and that may make his contribution to the new A-ha album in 2005 become smaller (maybe's Paul turn now). Should I recommend some tracks, please pay attention to "Obsolete" or "Past perfect future tense".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning!, 4 Dec. 2006
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Nicholas B. (Frome, Somerset United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This is a stunning album. For any a-ha fans out there wondering whether its worth getting - its a definite yes. Its up there with the best a-ha albums. Its only let down by Magne's voice - which is mediocre at best - but then when you're being compared to Morten you are always going to come off second best!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect in its imperfection, 21 Mar. 2005
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This review is from: Past Perfect Future Tense (Audio CD)
Raw emotion - raw music - raw passion - raw honesty! This is a very special album... not many artists succeed in laying themselves so completely on the line without making the listener cringe...
Forget the 21st century need for all music to be technically perfect and lose yourself in true music... this is an album for the heart - not the head... it's lyrics seek out your vulnerbilities and celebrates them - the passionate music underlines what the words create and together they indulge your senses with thoughts we all try to keep hidden...
Lock the door - stick your headphones on and immerse yourself with 12 great tunes!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A striped down masterpiece, 10 Nov. 2005
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C. O'toole "bigcon" (co. down N ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Past Perfect Future Tense (Audio CD)
I ordered this album after reading Jan Omidahl's "Swing of things" and was awre that it was in the pipeline. I have always liked Mags, always the athletic joker of a-ha but this appeared to mask an insecurity about himself and his role in the band in the early days. He has become much more confident through his painting and sideline projects. I wasn't expecting too much from the album so I was absolutely stunned to report that it stands solidly with the best of the a-ha albums. The songs are quietly introspective accoustic based affairs and Guy Berryman and Will Champion(of Coldplay) help out on some of the tracks. Magne's voice though without Morten Harket's range is somehow more beguiling and less like a strangled chicken! The melodies and arrangements are spot on and the album benefits from not being over-produced. This album sounds more like Coldplay or "Bends" era Radiohead than a-ha. It is not formulaic and there are no key changes. Stand out tracks "all the time", "kryptonite""little angels" and the therapeutic message to Paul Waaktaar "2CU shine" There are no duff tracks on the album which is like food for the soul. Hopefully "analogue" will benefit from plenty of Magne's influence
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars old mate!, 14 Jan. 2011
This is one of those albums that after the first listen through you feel that you have known all the songs for years. If you like music to chill to and like a decent lyric or two then i reakon this is a good album for you. not a bum song on it!
If you like indie but do not understand the appeal of A-Ha then you will be pleasantly surprised (and may be tempted to delve a little deeper into their collection of lesser known stuff), if you love A-Ha then you don't need me to tell you what great music these guys make, together and apart!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites of the year!, 6 July 2005
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J. Bilby "littlebibs" (Kingston, New Hampshire United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Past Perfect Future Tense (Audio CD)
Another surprise winner for the year. This colleciton from
one of A-ha's founding members is a real treat to the ears
and especially the heart. I never would of thought how talented
this guy is. The music is spare and heartfelt and the vocals and
songwriting
are unpretentious and some of the most compelling you will ever
hear. This is a must have for music lovers. Members of Coldplay
and Travis are about to help out on this first rate effort.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A rough hewn gem, 11 Feb. 2011
Rough around the edges but pure at the same time, Past Perfect Future Test is a real gem of an album from a guy who knows what he's doing and what he wants to do. Some of the songs sound a little under-produced and give the feeling of sitting in the studio with the performers before the producer gets his commercial hands on them, but this raw, 'here's my music' style makes me feel that I'm in on the smashing little secret that is Magne F's solo work. His brittle voice conveys humour and heartache equally well and the style of writing makes me wonder (here comes the inevitable mention of a-ha )how his former band could have developed if Magne had been allowed more songwriting opportunities. As much as I miss them (and it's only been two months!) I'm glad this album exists; after only two days on my iPod I'm already humming random bits. Inventive, fun, wistful and fearlessly individual, this album will soon be your coolest friend.

And now, after a few more listens, this album has earned five stars. Yep, it's that good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars underrated masterpiece, 30 Mar. 2007
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Mark Charlton (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Past Perfect Future Tense (Audio CD)
Whilst I don't think that this album has any immediately chart friendly singles like say Analogue or Cosy Prisons, I much preferred it to last year's a-ha relase. The album is more interesting and consistent than Analogue. It's my favourite solo effort from any of the members of a-ha to date. Why it didn't sell in larger quanties, I have no idea!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb gem, 20 Dec. 2005
This review is from: Past Perfect Future Tense (Audio CD)
This is just a superbly crafty masterpiece. Music doesn't get any better.What a stunning suprise!
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