www.ranablad.no and here is the translations :
I saw that Trond Bruun to such a high degree didn't like the ballade
"Unloved" with Espen Lind. I just have to do my part to park the claim
that "this song does not reach it's target in any way". Music is about
personal experiences, and for me this is something of the most
beautiful that has been made, regardless of whom or what you compare
it to. That it is in addition good workmanship, is beyond doubt. I am
by the way agreeing to a large extent with the review of Espen A.
Hansen on VG net, even if I myself would have given the song a
dice-throw six instead of five. It would surprise me very much if
"Unloved" does not ravage Norwegian hit lists. Go Lind!!
Ballade with country-plague potentional.
Espen Lind is back as artist for the first time in four years with the
single "Unloved". It is in truth a ballade with monster-potentional.
Don't be amazed if it becomes a real radio-country plague.
"Unloved" is beautiful, melancholic and melodic. A naked and prawling
popballad with a great refrain that slides in the backdoor without you
noticing it before it's too late. Here there is no pretence or attempt
to be "hip". The song is simple, airy and delicious with piano,
strings and Lind that sings with passion and feeling.
"Unloved" is first-class workmanship from a man that has lately spread
his songwriting talent thin and wide, but here he is finally with a
song that a lot of people are going to love."
"The time as Pop-idol is over
Espen Lind (34) has no problems realising that he no longer is a
pop-idol. But does the audience agree, when he after Christmas is back
with his first record in over four years?
In the middle of my thirties I don't necessarily need to stand on the
barricades and shout the highest, says Espen Lind and laughs. I don't
have any problems with that!
After Christmas he releases his first record in over four years. The
single "Unloved" is already out. Nine years after Espen Lind - with
the artist name Sway - swooped into the field with a confidence the
size of "Dovrefjell" ( Norwegian mountainrange), it is a much more
that meets VG, even if he still is an idol enough to let a couple of
make a final touch before the photo-ops.
That time I managed to make myself more interesting than I really was.
In retrospect it might have seemed too much, says Espen Lind. Was
unruly "It's pathetic to be modest", "It's real porn to talk about
myself", "I have decided to become a world star", "It's out of the
question for me to
fail". This is just a few examples of what Sway/Espen Lind managed to
say last millennium.
I am being confronted by it all the time, he laughs. I was completely
unruly at that time. It's like looking at your own christian
graduation-pictures and think, "Oh my God, was there nobody there to
stop me?" But I was in general occupied with getting known. I used a
lot of time
to pick up the trick's from those I looked up to. I really did nothing
than foreign artists had done for years, and at the end of the
I was close to my own success, he says. The reason for the taste of
world fame was the song
"when susannah cries".
That song and the album "Red" (1997) made Espen a multi-millionaire.
He travelled around the world for 300 days and did 1200 interviews.
the big international launch together with Sissel Kyrkjebø flipped
ago, it became silent - very silent. I Want to make all girls band
At that time I was wondering hard on what I wanted to do with my
life. I wanted other things - things that I didn't have time for when
travelling around the world to promote myself, he says.
That's why Lind changed his Ferrari into a more down-to-earth Harley.
The millions he invested in a studio with his pal Amund Bjørklund.
The last three years
they have built up a strong reputation as songwriters and
producers both in Norway and England.
Next year Espen Lind's dream fulfils to create a rock'n roll-band only
girls; "Mejane" is coming out with it's debute-record. And his own
"The last three years have been the best in my life, says Espen Lind,
those years have worked as a songwriter and producer. After Christmas
back with his own record, that he calls a pure extra-energy project."