“Find a cure for my life.
Put a price on my soul.
Put a smile on my face.
Build a wall,
Build a fortress ‘round my heart.”
“Oh My God” by Ida Maria
The frantic pace and build up of those words in Ida Maria’s song “Oh My God” cut me to the quick. “Oh my god, oh you think I’m in control. Oh my god, oh you think it’s all for fun.” Is there anyone who hasn’t felt that way at one point or another in their life? Where you’re not in control, that everything is most definitely not fine? Well hopefully you’ll find Ida Maria’s beautiful, edgy voice rising into a scream, as therapeutic as I do.
The rest of Ida Maria’s album “Fortress ‘Round My Heart” is a wonderful mixed bag. The entire album is littered with awesome rock tunes with infectiously catchy melodies. A real stand out in that category is “I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked”, a rock tune with an amazingly catchy chorus that you can’t resist singing along with that turns the table on rock clichés by taking a stab at objectifying men. (But not curing a blogger of creating run on sentences.) Maria’s voice is light and feminine but at other times it’s biting and pushing the edges of her vocal range, in a good way. There are a few smoky ballads as well, such as “Keep Me Warm” and “In the End”. But for me, Maria is at her best when she’s yelling into a microphone on tracks like “Morning Light” and “Stella” and “Oh My God” and “Queen of the World” and “Drive Away My Heart” and I really liked this album, can you tell?
Check out the song that started it all for me, “Oh My God”.
And click here to enjoy the ultra catchy “I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked”.