Norwegian singer/songwriter Thomas Dybdahl has released four very successful and lauded albums in his home country. Now he is trying to expand that success further afield and for this, his debut UK release, he has pulled together the cream of those four albums in to one eponymous compilation. This formula has worked extremely well for other acts such as The Hives and is a clever way to see if your brand of melancholic ruminations can compete in a much bigger market that is already overflowing with some great and some not-so-great exponents of the art.
Kicking off the album with the beautifully plaintive ‘From Grace’ is a bit of a risk as it is highly derivative of the late Jeff Buckley both in style and delivery, planting doubts that Dybdahl is nothing more than a copyist. That impression is soon dispelled as ‘A Lovestory’ highlights his own vocal dexterity and skill to great effect. Slide guitar is to the forefront of ‘B A Part’ and adds a welcome American tinge to the standard singer/songwriter template. ‘Dice’, although very short, is a beautiful little story about the simple pleasures that can be had in the most mundane of situations and the gentle, folky female backing voice adds to the enjoyment. ‘One Day You’ll Dance For Me, New York City’ is the album standout with its jazzy intro and lilting guitar rhythms that lead us gracefully down the streets of the Big Apple.
Understandably, this does not flow quite as well as a stand-alone album but this back-catalogue primer works perfectly as an introduction. Any fan of the singer/songwriter craft would do well to give this a whirl.
Last updated: 18/04/2018 18:40:59