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Classic Album Review: Bertine | Morbid Latenight Show

The Norwegian popster's American debut is about as enticing as snow on a hot day.

This came out in 1999 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


If the cover picture is anything to go by, Bertine looks like your typical Nordic ice princess — samoyed blue eyes, straw blond hair, cheekbones sharper than a north wind.

She’s also the first Norwegian pop star to cross over to North America since A-ha. Putting those two facts together gives you a pretty fair idea of what her undistinguished debut disc is all about — 40 minutes of icy-cool vocals that send a shiver up your spine, laid over funky pop grooves that are too bubbly by half. Although her Tori-meets-Sinead voice comes close to melting your resolve at times, mostly it’s as out of place and enticing as Snow On A Hot Day — which just happens to be one of her songs.