CMJ "On Your Side" review

CMJ reviews "On Your Side"

Picture, if you will, cabaret-pretty Rufus Wainwright songs laced with glitchy Matmos squiggles and Richard Ashcroft’s solo bombast, led by Bono doing his best whisperpretty Elliott Smith impression. Drowned in My Morning Jacket-rivaling reverb. Jingle bells? Man, that’s some complicated goulash. But this debut from Norwegian supastar troubadour Even Johansen is also quite beautiful—bound to score as completely with Stateside mopers and atmospheric pop fanatics as it has back home, where he’s already won awards and warmed Nordic hearts like gangbusters.