Fresh and exciting jazz pop Pop jazz. This CD has been played many times by myself. One of the reasons for this is that it goes fast - only 27 minutes. Another reason is that it holds together extremely well all the way through -and for two sessions in a row. A third reason and more importantly, of course, is that I think this is good, damned good. Karin Inde writes lyrics and music herself. Furthermore, she sings, plays piano and produces the CD from her own recording company. She has an enchanting, personal voice, sometimes a bit bitchy and "beautiful" at the same time, but always in tune. The ten songs are skilfully worked through, both from a musical and a poetic sense. The piano is used sparingly. Sometimes not more than one chord per beat; the drums play a strong role and carry the tempo with a clearly marked beat. The soft trumpet creates lovely colour and feeling. I am most fascinated by how much Karin accomplishes in this brief musical space. Only one of the songs lasts more than three minutes. I don't really consider how short they and the record are. It is the CD display that tells me this. The artist shows real guts as she strips the music down and frees it from unnecessary weight. She focuses on it's hard, life-giving core. She finishes on top while everything is still new, fresh and exciting. Rolf Bernskiöld MUSIC Magazine "LIRA", NR 3 2008 Oh boy, what a satisfying situation. The beams of the sun warm me, cold ice-cream is going down my throat and Karin Inde delivers the perfect soundtrack of the spring. Immune is the name of the CD and the song Cow is one of the ten songs. It took Karin Inde many years to make this collection. Becoming established as an adult and as the mother of two children was part of the artist's creative process. Process takes time. Immune was worth the wait! MUSIC MAGAZINE "GROOVE", NR 3 2008 Karin Inde has written all of the material herself. The pieces are harmonic and melodious with text worth considering in every song. The style is slim pop musical jazz with pulse. The songs are of high quality and show skilful techniques, without becoming stiff. Here you can find a vigorous sense in full range. The arrangements have an innovative touch added to them. Karin has a beautiful, personal and heartfelt voice and she is always perfectly in tune. Furthermore, she is an exciting pianist. Ten songs in 27 minutes - yes, it sounds like a stressful situation. Still, Karin's music as a whole is calm. The format feels relaxed. The songs in the same spirit are balanced and never boring. This is fresh and pleasing music to keep close. Tore Ljungberg ORKESTERJOURNALEN, NR 5 2008 Exciting Music Beyond Genres Karin Inde comes here with her third album since her debut in 1995. This record contains her own compositions - except for the sixth Dalai Lama who has written one poem. Karin plays keyboard and her band consist of Annika Törnqvist, base, Kristin Lidell, trumpet and harmonica, and finally Chris Montgomery on drums. The English lyrics are often poetic, thoughtful and multi-layered. Karin Inde found her niche and it feels very much her own. She writes texts rich with content and full of meaning. The artist's emphasis on feelings stays with you rather than melodies that you cannot turn off. This music has no boundaries and defies any labels. Olle Hernegren Nya Wermlands-Tidningen 2008-04-24 Jazz without overtones of love does not very often sound groovy or bold. But Inde sounds without worry when she sings on her second album. Her voice can be bitchy but mostly it contains a warm, burning effect, even when it is vulnerable. "Ordinary" shows her full register and it grabs the listener into the flow of her music. Viveca Bladh Göteborgs-Posten 2008-04-29: Piano pop for summer Twenty years ago she was an established jazz singer in her home county Värmland. It is stripes that have not yet been washed out. There is something in the beat that is still there from the past, even if she at least in one interview talks about revolting against just that - a revolution against the jazz beat. Her album Immune nevertheless deals more with pop than jazz, and Inde's music here has more in common with Regina Spektor and Maia Hirasawa than Rigmor Gustafsson and Sofia Pettersson. It is sweet and easy, an effortlessly accessible collection of summerlike piano pop songs with a careful oblique or subtle tune in her voice. She dares to challenge her own voice and let it be a bit ugly, squeeze it a bit. It is just this that I like, and somehow she is never out of tune. Immune is easy to like and to play over and over. The lyrics draw you in closer and closer, provoking more thought. Patric Hamberg DAGENSSKIVA.COM 2008-06-15 (TODAY'S RECORD) "Innovative, with melodious art pop seasoned with a jazzy touch: nice voice, unexpected but elegant turning of melodies, thoughtful works (groovy and good English lyrics) and filled with airy arrangements that you often miss today. Plus some very 'quirky' whims expressing her willingness and ability to go out and discover, satisfying her curiosity. In short: I like!' Anders Lundquist.
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