- Audio CD (18 Jun. 2007)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Explicit Lyrics
- Label: Eleven Seven Music
- ASIN: B000QJLLSU
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- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Set Me Free Explicit Lyrics
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Marion Raven is a singer-songwriter of Norwegian extraction who we've not heard much of in Britain but who's been plying her trade around the US, Europe and Asia for quite some time now. Well, sort of. Up until 2002 a teenage Marion was cutting her teeth with girl group M2M and Set Me Free is her first full-length solo release, as well as an attempt to put aside childish things like bubblegum pop and to embrace the great god Rock.
To this end Raven (her real name; no sneering people, she got lucky) has been hanging out with rockers in order to darken up her sound. Motley Crue's Nicky Sixx is effusive about her talents and co-wrote and produced the album's eighth track ''Heads Will Roll''. Meatloaf is also a fan and the pair are touring Europe together at the moment, having dueted on 'Loaf's ''All Coming Back To Me Now'', and she will also be opening for Pink later in the summer.
So far, so good you might think: she has approval from some pop rockers, but what's her stuff like? In a word: mixed. Much of her press compares her to Avril Lavigne and Kelly Clarkson but with a 'darker edge' and this is a good place to start, with ''Here I Am'' sounding an awful lot like Kelly and ''Break You'' sounding an awful lot like Avril. This is not necessarily a bad thing, both girls have talent and Raven compared favourably with them in terms of vocal power and musical ability while spitting invective better than either.
The problem is that while their albums tend to be written and produced by a consolidated team over the course of a year or so, Set Me Free has been rather longer in gestation. Several tracks appeared on the 2005 EP, Heads Will Roll, and the variety of songwriters Raven has worked with means that the album doesn't hang together as an edifice despite highlights such as the soaring ''13 Days''. Added to this, the songs have a tendency to be rather 'me me me' and both of these faults might have been mitigated by a shorter time-frame, or even a consistent band to back her up.
Raven broke a big money contract with Atlantic Records in order to gain more musical freedom but that freedom has proved to be this album's undoing. --Harry Holgate
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Top customer reviews
The only criticism is that the album listens on a whole like it is an 'Ode to the Ex-Boyfriend' which is a bit disappointing as the songs can be a bit dull when you have had the message that he was nasty hammered home in every song. If you listen to the songs on an individual basis though they are fantastic works of art. Definitely worth the money!
Hope she goes far and does a tour soon :-)
Nearly half of the album is either alternate versions of songs from her previous album; "Here I Am", with very little that's actually different, (such as Heads Will Roll), to songs that sound completely the same, (such as Break You).
Marion Raven is not setting the benchmark very high here by just cloning half of her previous album, and padding the rest out with the "pining broken-hearted girlfriend" emotion that's being put into all the songs with the same emotion, making them completely sterile.
Marion Raven's first album away from M2M was exciting and far superior, as it showed that she could work as a solo artist as well as she could as a duet.
Despite this, when Marit Larsen released an album after finishing university, whilst it wasn't the usual pop or rock music you'd come to expect, it was quirky and innovative.
So whilst both Marion Raven and Marit Larsen broke the critic opinions of M2M with their respective solo albums, Marion Raven is doing nothing special by effectively changing several of the tracks from her first album for other tracks, then either making minor tweaks to the remaining tracks or keeping them exactly the same.
If you have "Here I Am", and you're a die-hard Marion Raven fan, then this album may appeal to you.
I thought I was a die-hard fan of Marion Raven myself, it offended me as a musician myself that she hardly put any effort into this album, and that I'm really a die-hard fan of M2M, and Marit Larsen too, I used to be a fan of Marion Raven, until she stopped trying.
To summarise, if you've not got her first album, or are a massive fan of Marion Raven, buy this album, but her best days as an artist and song-writer were with Marit Larsen as M2M, and that since moving to America and doing a duet with Meatloaf, that she's forgotten what made her, and what people will base her future work on.
Well done Marion an excellent album..!
And now I've got rid of three quarters of the readers of this blog, we can continue.
The salient points to get out of the way are that 22 year old Raven wrote (or co-wrote) every track on the album, she can actually play the guitar and piano and rather messily extricated herself from a major Atlantic Records deal so she could released the album she wanted to. Fact fiends will also be aware that she was the woman who accompanied Meatloaf on his terrible version of the terrible Celine Dion's terrible song It's All Coming Back To Me from Bat Out Of Hell III.
She's brought along a whole host of fantastic songwriters for the ride, including Max Martin and Chantal Kreviazuk and has also co-written with Nikki Sixx, who's called her "the most talented new artist I've worked with since I've been making music." Which probably says more about him than it does her.
The sheer weight of collaborators on this album means that anyone looking for a cohesive piece of work might as well go home. It does also mean though that whilst there are definite duff moments, there are also some sparkling ones too, with the pick of the bunch probably being the piano-driven 13 Days.
Far too often though the album is a little too predictable and unoriginal. There's nothing that's particularly offensive and if this all sounds like your kind of thing then you'll not be too disappointed with the album. Those who want a bit more might find themselves hoping that next time around someone might get Marion Raven to show a bit of restraint and focus on her strengths.
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