Much Belated Record Review: Ida Maria’s Fortress ‘Round My Heart

Wow. I’ve got to apologize to my long term readers. I just realized both of you have been waiting over a year for my review of Ida Maria’s Fortress ‘Round My Heart record. I talked about the video and single for her song “I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked” way back in April of last year and picked up the full record soon after at a discounted price at Best Buy. I think it was $6 or 7 or something like that (I tend not to spend more than 10 bucks on new CDs anymore unless it’s a band I really really like).

Eagle-eyed readers will notice that Fortress ‘Round My Heart was not on my list of favorite records from 2009. I’ve gone back and forth between being really into this record and really down on it. There are only 10 songs on the disc and there are two or three I really don’t like because they’re SO slow, boring and repetitive (specifically “Stella”) which means the record gets a 70%. That’s a C, right? I dunno, that bums me out. Luckily, I didn’t pay a dollar per song, so, at least right now, I’m higher on the record because I don’t feel like I got ripped off. Here’s “Stella” by the way.

Upon listening to it again, it’s much less annoying, but there’s something about that “Stella oh Stelllllaaaaaa” that gets under my skin. Aside from “Stella,” “Keep Me Warm” and “In The End” though, this record is packed with fantastic rock rippers like the aforementioned “Naked,” “Oh My God,” “Morning Light” and “Louie” which has been co-opted by Louis CK’s new show on FX as the theme song. These songs are near perfect and really get me pumped up. Here’s a few more videos.

So there you have it. I like Fortress ‘Round My Heart for the most part, I just wish it had a little more oomph. Really, folks, there’s nothing wrong with not putting the slow songs on your records. Let’s keep things going at a rocking pace the whole time! As it is, I’ve turned some of the songs off on my iTunes and definitely skip those tracks when playing the disc in my car.

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