There's a handful
of upcoming Danish artists that I believe deserves much more attention than they
get at the moment. Viktoria definitely is one of the them! How I
learned about her and her brilliant music in the first place, was due to her obvious
In 2004 she released her
most underestimated album at EMI, Switch, produced Kåre
Kabel Mai and mixed by Rune Westberg, who also played guitar
on the album. Peter Kjøbsted played the bass, - all three
are former Sparkler band members. So you may say that on Switch
we hear Sparkler with Freya replaced by Viktoria.
So that's the reason why I bought the album without even knowing it in advance!
was really surprised by the quality of the songs, the singer, and especially the
production. Kåre did an extremelt fine job here. Except for
the title track, which is slightly overproduced, the sound and the songs on the
album are outstanding for a Danish standard. I contacted Victoria
and her record company to get more information of this unknown talent, and ever
since I've waited for an opportunity to hear her live on stage!
appeared on 14. December 2005 where I was invited by Viktoria to
a showcase she did for two men from the music business in GB and an entusiastic
audience at the small cafée on Blågårds Plads.
some rough and nice versions of six of the songs from the album and two unrecorded
songs, On His Way and Dreamed Of This Love.
did the job like an experienced stage performer, and her pop/rock songs
were strong and appealing even in rocking live versions.
We have one more
Danish artist facing a great future if she manage to sign a record company working
professionally enough to understand that excellent quality music is not
enough, - you need a good deal of branding to make it nowadays. Viktoria
deserves to succed in that.
The Set List:
01. In Your Arms
04. (Being All) Alone
06. On His Way
07. Dreamed Of This Love
08. Hope Life Is Good
- Encore - -
09. In Your Arms (Reprise)
Viktoria Hansen: vo
Henrik Møller: b
Anders Rose: keyb
Jakob Mygind: dm
Erlandsen: Choir on 09
by Eric Klitgaard © 2005
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