Serendipity is the debut solo CD release from Norwegian based multi instrumentalist Finn Arild. This CD was almost 2 years in the making as Finn began entertaining thoughts of a solo project as far back as 2004. Serendipity proves that he definitely put his whole heart and soul into this project, creating a great slick sounding CD which highlights his pop influences but without forgetting his love of English prog.
Over the course of the 12 songs on Serendipity, Arild takes you on a guided tour through his own unique musical universe where lyrically you get a healthy dose of his humor coupled with more serious topics as well. Take for example "Take Two and Call Me In The Morning" a song where Arild voices his own opinions and concerns with the general state of healthcare all set to a very positive and up beat sounding musical accompaniment. In fact this is a technique that Arild employs more than once on this disc and to great effect; his superb and catchy melodies will leave a lasting imprint on your brain, sucking the listener in, while his lyrics at times deal with some pretty graphic images. Other musical highlights on Serendipity are "Betting Your Ass on a Donkey", which has to be one of the most entertaining songs I've ever heard about the racetrack experience. "Name and the Dance of the Monopods" is another song that I just couldn't get out of my head, its electronic backbeat and percussive elements are absolutely infectious, not to mention lyrically it's simple yet a lot of fun. As mentioned Arild plays just about everything on the album and his voice at times reminds me a little bit of Paul Carrack circa Mike + The Mechanics. The sound is very clean and crisp throughout and the overall production is top notch. Do yourself a favor and check out this very talented musician, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
1) Take Two and Call Me In The Morning
2) Love Me or Not
3) Nightly Encounters
4) Betting Your Ass on a Donkey
5) Riding The Nightmare
6) Lantern Waste
7) Name and the Dance of the Monopods
8 ) My One
10) How You Die
11) Love or Hate
12) Vultures of Culture