Single Of The Week 27/05/99

Single Of The Week is where I review a single I'm particularly enamoured of at the moment. It might be a brand spanking new release, or a classic from decades past that I just feel like going on about.

Unforgivable Sinner
Lene Marlin

Since I'm very much a creature of habit, there are two main ways in which I track down new singles these days. The first is when somebody in whom I have a passing interest (80s bands, Spice Girls hangers-on, Savage Garden) releases something new, or writes or produces something for someone else. The second, somewhat more random process, involves watching Video Hits on a Saturday morning and seeing if any song stands out amongst the general mix of cack-handed dance tunes, Max Martin-produced teen bands and assorted oddities.

The most recent track to catch me in this way is 'Unforgivable Sinner' by Lene Marlin. To be fair, Ms Marlin (who is, unless I'm very much mistaken, of Norwegian origin) had an inside edge, since my mate Arthur was already into the song. However, the tune itself is catchy enough that it might well have grabbed my attention anyway.

Apart from the fact that she writes her own material, records in London and appears to want to be the Scandinavian equivalent of Jewel, I know very little about Lene. However, the last time I wrote that about a band, they did in fact turn out to be Savage Garden, so we'll probably be hearing more from her. And she gets mega-bonus points for having three different songs on her CD single.

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