Skip to main content

Bernhoft & The Fashion Bruises - Humanoid (Album Review)

Norwegian R&B singer-songwriter super talent Jarle Bernhoft is back with his fourth album, this time with The Fashion Bruises to provide their capabilities as the band around him. The grammy nominated singer has always had a knack for creating the kind of music that you sit and listen to and it just puts you in a great mood - this album is no exception.

Taking all of the best elements of an R&B album Bernhoft then creates an album that is infused with pop melodies and choruses so catchy you'll wonder how the grammys have ever escaped him. And those choruses are what makes the album that much sweeter raising it from a run-of-the-mill album into one that really showcases talent and expertise.

The album is centered around reconnecting humanity and learning to reconnect with ourselves and the people around us. This topic is a tough one because people don't like to be preached to, especially in ways that completely deters them from their current life - Jarle stays away from this. Instead he builds a world with his wonderful singing voice that really comes to the forefront on the track "California" where his isolated vocals at the beginning harmonise with The Fashion Blues so well that you forget to listen to the actual lyrics of the song.

And whilst I hate to pick one of my favourite songs on albums as singles - it's just not the done thing - I do feel that "Humanoid" really is the best track on the album and I'll tell you why. It mixes in elements of funk, pop, R&B and a little disco to create a melting pot that is brimming with joy and a tune that you just can't stop bobbing your head along to.

What lets this album down though is the continuity of the record, each song passing into one another feels a little disjointed sometimes and thus feels like a collection of singles rather than one complete project. Depending on the listener this could be classed as a good thing, I personally sometimes like listening to albums that aren't as fluid as other projects but I do feel like it could hinder the replayability of the album.


Bernhoft is touring the UK in November 


Popular posts from this blog

Introducing... NAMES

NAMES are a band hailing from Wales, a music scene that appears to be bursting at the seams at the moment with phenomenal acts such as Boy Azooga, Estrons & We're No Heroes it's easy to see why a lot of labels are focusing their attention on that area. NAMES are different though, more sincere and genuine than a lot of musical acts out there with a voice to die for and the melodies to match. Their single "Limb By Limb" is an absolute cracker and I recommend checking it out immediately.

Question. Why did you call yourselves NAMES?
Ioan Hazell:
We always felt that Names had a refreshing sense of anonymity (it was also what we had written as the title of the list of potential band names.
Joey Robbins: The fact that it's such an unusual name, and the kind of mysterious vibe it carries appealed to us.

Q. Was there ever the thought process that it was never going to get you to the top of a google search?
Yeah, thats an unfortunate truth of it, it forces people to le…

Introducing... The Covasettes

The Covasettes first came to my attention a while back, their indie-tune 'This Feeling' grabbed me immediately and from that first listen I knew this band were something special. Coming from the land of music royalty, Manchester, it's in their DNA to build on the foundations of an already fantastic musical heritage. They've just released the latest banger to add to their discography 'Top Drawer' which is a clear sign that The Covasettes have found their sound and now they're hellbent on perfecting it! I was lucky enough to chat with lead singer, Chris Buxton, regarding their uprising, their Manchester roots and what is the ultimate plan for the band...

Question. Where did the name The Covasettes come from?
The Covasettes:
There are a fair few stories floating around as to how our name came to be, so we think we’ll leave it to the people to decide which story they believe, but we can safely say, that it came from the heart.

Q. What made you want to get into mus…

Introducing... Chloe St. Claire

Australian singer-songwriter Chloe St. Claire recently submitted her music to KMMR, and after listening to her EP 'Young Like That' I couldn't wait to get her onto my 'Introducing...' series. Her wistful music courses through my headphones to create such hush tones with her soft voice and interesting matters in her music. Whether that be tackling issues behind sexuality or anything else, it seems that Chloe's songwriting is the driving force behind her music, and it's always inspiring to see such brilliant aspiring writers. I chatted with her about her favourite music, her EP & what song she really loves most from 'Young Like That'...

Question. Firstly, what made you want to pursue music?
Chloe St. Claire:
My dad, without a doubt. I used to watch him play on his guitar and I just thought it was so cool how he could move his fingers so fast and make intricate and delicate sounds. He showed me my first guitar chords, and from then I was hooked.

Q. H…