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Girl in Red

  • Chapter 2 [World in Red, 2019] *
  • If I Could Make It Go Quiet [World in Red/AWAL, 2021] A-

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Chapter 2 [World in Red, 2019]
The dark side of girly jangle-pop: a rape, a floater, that dark ("Bad Idea!" "Dead Girl in the Pool") *

If I Could Make It Go Quiet [World in Red/AWAL, 2021]
A well-honed miniature: aided by producer Matias Telléz and uncredited g-b-k-d, 22-year-old singer and songwriter Marie Ulven outlines the perfectly normal, infinitely applicable downs and ups of the love out of reach that befalls almost anyone committed to the itinerant life modest rock renown imposes. In one song she sucks up sexual solace on the phone; in the next she provides sexual solace of her own in person; on every track she's mindful and decent no matter how miserable. Only the one that goes "You stupid bitch can't you see/The perfect one for you is me" is a true grabber. But others come close enough that I believe she's gonna make it, and so I hope will you. A-