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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

"Who will take my hand?"

This song is about a magic dolphin. Yes, it is. Take a second to let that set in because I bet it'll be the only song about a magic dolphin released this year. It's from Eurovision champ Alexander Rybak's soon-to-be-released debut album, Fairytales. It's an odd little album, but one I'm enjoying very much at the moment. If you liked the folksiness of Fairytale, you'll probably be happy with the rest of the album as well. It definitely has a folktale feel to it. For example, towards the end there's an extremely gloomy story-song about thirteen horses drowning in an ocean--you really have to hear it to understand how strange and unsettling it is. Dolphin is far more upbeat, with some really strong, almost classic-rock, verses that build to a quieter chorus. There's even a bit of synth in there. What stands out more than anything is Rybak's powerful voice, with the conviction and phrasing that made his Eurovision entry such a standout.

(Music posted for evaluation purposes only. If you like what you hear, support the artists. Buy the album here.)


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