70 Years and 24 Albums in Life is Jan Eggum where he describes life: varied, yet cute indeed.
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“All songs about you” A collection of very personal and exciting musical essays by Bergen resident Sonder Lerchy. It would have been the title of many, if not all, of Jan Eggum’s albums.
The title track here is the crux of Eggum’s legendary story about himself: a man traveling everywhere with a guitar. Who plays with varying amounts of audience. where the popularity curve is stable but not very steep. An encouragement to those who do it without really hacking.
Maybe a tribute to a sundry larchi like In the line “it will become public property within thirty years.”
Whatever the mixture of beautiful sarcasm and encouragement to quit, these are only those with long, sassy hair, Soon to be 70 years old and the self-proclaimed hypochondriac could be born.
Here he sketches and presents stories of questionable love, varied grief and general controversies in late relationships.
There are texts that work in part as well, or actually better, as readable poetry. Nice, well-played melodies – but not always like exciting melodies and arrangements, sometimes seem superfluous.
Eggum seems just as curious about life and love as he was when he first appeared nearly 50 years ago. Poems are neither burdened with enlightened wisdom about life nor with surrender.
Instead, they’re weirdly candid about how a 69-year-old man can be as insecure and flirty as the 24th guy: “Maybe it’s just someone you like, and it’s me,” as he sings so almost as loud as the opening song “Happy I’m” .
Geir Luedy, now known as the manager of world greats such as Aurora and Sigrid, once again. Most recently, he took Eggum to Busanova and Brazil in Rio (2015). This time they only went to Oslo. One feels an orderly security between the artist and the producer. A warm stability that makes you wish sometimes someone would come along and rock a little at both.
At the same time, one must realize that this is exactly what it should be. Yngve Sætre makes Lee Eggum appropriately more modern in “Everything, Now” (2018). It was fun to hear what he could do with these songs.
Perhaps the answer comes from the hard 25th album.
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