Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Gabrielle – Bordet

No, not her of “Dreams” and “Rise” fame.


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Brad Shoup: “It’s so wrong to use a magnifying glass where I once used mirrors” — that’s a rough Google translation of one line, and it’s as good a criticism of criticism as anything I’ve heard lately. Really, how she tears into the line “før ord kansje si/Korr mange ganger du ba meg bli” leaves me little reaction beyond the gnathic kind. But the magnifying glass comes out, and I see the marks of Stock/Aitken/Waterman with a dim sequencer instead of a walking synth, and an unboosted bassline that just sputters.
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Edward Okulicz: I didn’t expect such vocal wounds out of such a pretty girl, and I’m glad my passive understanding of Norwegian is so minimal I’m forced to hear her move from resignment to swallowed pain as being poetic by default.
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Iain Mew: In the best possible way, Gabrielle makes singing this sound like very hard work. Her switch up from a soft filtered sigh to the strained, clipped roar of the chorus really gets a powerful bad feeling across clearly, as the synths buzz in angry sympathy. She even manages to frown through most of the video!
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Jonathan Bogart: Appropriately dramatic, even a little heartstrings-tugging. If it doesn’t have the boom or the glamour I tend to look for in dance-pop, that’s surely intentional — nobody looks good when they’re crying out after someone who’s walking away.
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Alfred Soto: Serviceable dance angst, with Gabrielle giving “Mr Brightside” a gender twist.
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Katherine St Asaph: No one’s wanted to hear her voice in so long. It used to sound human, but now it’s atrophying, fusing with the synths that keep crusting beneath her. Computer chips are forming like barnacles on her vocal cords from the upper register down. She’s turning to stone; she’s turning into Alexandra Stan. 
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2 Responses to “Gabrielle – Bordet”

  1. Gabrielle’s first hit “Ring Meg” was brighter and maybe catchier, but sounded a bit like Natasha Bedingfield. Her city of Bergen is the hotspot for Norwegian hype artists at the moment, many of them singing or rapping in that city’s particular and easily identifiable dialect, so if you tune into a Nor radio station these days you’re likely to hear it.

  2. Whoa, “Ring Meg” was her? I remember hearing that, liking it and then (clearly) completely forgetting it….