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on 13 May 2014
After 2012's excellent Out of My Hands where Morten looked back on his A-Ha days and looked forward to the future and the new direction he appeared to be taking this new collection Brother is very disappointing and a massive step back towards the safe balladry dinner party music of Wild Seed and Letter From Egypt ...hardly a new direction and offering nothing new other than another album that is very samey and tends to blur into one .
The title track is really let down by it's tempo and musical arrangement ,making it a depressing almost funeral dirge that makes Coldplay sound deliriously happy instead of the soaring , inspiring , resonate ballad it had the potential to be . All the other tracks are all very nice well written and well performed by Harket who is sounding as good as ever with the potential to excellent live but the songs just don't talk to me , lift me or inspire me.
The standout track is the album closer First Man to the Grave which is almost Bond Theme esque with hints of Skyfall only better and like nothing else on the album. With Morten singing in his lower register it's a sultry brooding song .
As with Wild Seed and Out of My Hands one of the best tracks recorded in the recording sessions has been left off the album which is Did I Leave You Behind which oddly isn't good enough to make the album but good enough to be performed live on his current tour whereas the songs that should have been left off Heaven Cast and Can't Answer This aren't good enough to be performed live .
I am a big fan of Morten but every artist I am a fan of I have a least favourite album and Brother is my least favourite album. It's not as great as it , Morten , critics and other fans seem to think it is ... it's certainly not his best ever work which is why for me and my preferences/tastes Brother as a whole is disappointing when it had the potential to be great