Morten Harket, ehemaliger Leadsänger der Band A-ha, eines der erfolgreichsten Bandprojekte der Popgeschichte mit bis heute weltweit rund 40 Millionen verkauften Alben.
Sein neues Soloalbum mit 10 größtenteils selbst - bzw. mitkomponierten Titeln besteht aus Hooklines und Hymnen, welche die großen a-ha-Momente in die Jetztzeit überführen.
His previous solo albums, “Poetenes Evangelium” (1993) and “Vogts Villa” (1996), were devoted to thematic concepts, or were designed as a collection of songs from various artistic phases, such as “Letters from Egypt” (2008). “Out of My Hands” on the other hand came into being as a compact pop production. No forays into specific genres, but hooks and hymns, which carry the big moments of a-ha over into the present.
“There is even a real point zero in March 2011,” remembers Harket. “Some songs originated directly in my house at the Oslo fjord, when in the middle of the night, some chords were buzzing through my head. The next morning, I immediately phoned Erik and we recorded the first outlines on a piano. Within 30 minutes, we had a structure.” In a “network of inspiration”, he assembled a team of well-tried and new colleagues around himself.
Norwegian poet Ole Sverre Olsen, a long-time friend of Harket, assisted with the lyrics. The tour keyboardist and bassist Erik Ljunggren counts among the co-producers, alongside Peter Kvint from Sweden and Englishman Steve Osborne (who has already contributed to the a-ha album “Foot Of The Mountain”). Together with Ole Sverre Olsen and Peter Kvint, Harket has e. g. written the striking one-liners for the uptempo hymn “I’m The One”.
It is a poetic all-or-nothing game between love song and the big questions of life. “Overall, it was a reciprocal process that evolved into a close interaction of different minds and inspirations,” Harket describes the creative process of “Out Of My Hands”. He was working on the arrangements as director and artisan simultaneously, continuing his great tradition of sound with freshness and power.
On the single “Scared Of Heights”, Harket’s unique voice is floating through a feathery uptempo arrangement by Norwegian songwriter Espen Lind, who was also involved in the 2009 hit “Hey Soul Sister” by Train. And the driving rhythm promptly evokes that very special a-ha magic, making one thing clear: It’s going on!
The range covers melancholy ballads such as “Quiet” with its finely spun dialogue of semi acoustic guitar and warm synth tones as well as the lively marching “Lightning”, in which the sound wall continually rises up to the chorus. “When I Reach The Moon” on the other hand combines a distinctive guitar riff with Harket’s unmistakable falsetto. The powerful hymn “Burn Money Burn” harkens back to the song “Kärleken Väntar” by Swedish band Kent.
The lyrics are a free English interpretation of the original lyrics by songwriter Joakim Berg, which, in contrast to previous political statements by Harket (e. g. in the song “East Timor” on the album “Wild Seed”), expresses no explicit messages. “The current crisis of capitalism is probably a bit too complex for the pop stage and I don’t see myself as a preacher,” Harket says. “That does not mean that I am not committed anymore, however – I am, just in different ways.”
,,Und da sich seine Solosongs fast identisch anhören wie die der letzten a-ha-
Alben, dürften die meisten Fans seiner alten Band hocherfreut auf dieses Lebenszeichen reagieren." (Good Times, Juni / Juli 2012)