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Personnel include: Maria Mena (vocals); Vemund Stavnes (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, Fender Rhodes piano, programming); Arvid Solvang (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, programming); Celsius (keyboards, programming); Fredrick Wallumrod (bass guitar).

Only 18 when she recorded WHITE TURNS BLUE, Maria Mena was already a pop star in her mother's native Norway at the time of this 2004 debut. With a strong and supple vocal style, Mena serves up a dozen songs informed by delicate introspection that teens with old souls often possess. Producer Arvid Solvang serves as Mena's songwriting foil, and the duo comes up with well-constructed and memorable fare, while avoiding any slick production tricks. Right off the bat, this Norwegian-American establishes herself with "You're the Only One," a breathless, stream-of-consciousness confessional to a crush, bringing to mind the Cranberries.

Elsewhere, Mena uses a barroom piano to color the quirky "Lose Control," a composition reminiscent of a less precocious Nellie McKay. Allowing vulnerability to bubble up throughout this recording so easily, this teen emotes with the subtle ease of artists twice her age. The ethereal "My Lullaby," with its nod to Mena's parents' divorce (a song that was, amazingly, written when she was 11), drives a sensitive point home with a sound that falls somewhere between Dido and Alanis Morissette.

Tracks:
1. You're The Only One
2. Fragile (Free)
3. Just A Little Bit
4. Blame It On Me
5. My Lullaby
6. Take You With Me
7. What's Another Day
8. Lose Control
9. Shadow
10. Your Glasses
11. Sorry
12. A Few Small Bruises

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  • Store location: Upper Hutt City, Wellington, NZ

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