Twelve years ago, I was enamoured by an AWESOME pop album called “Shades of Purple” by Norwegian teen pop sensation M2M. The group consisted of two lifelong best friends, Marit Larsen and Marion Raven. Their song “Don’t Say You Love Me” is still a song I cannot stop listening to, even now in 2012. PERFECT song. And the best part is, the song (and all of their music) was written by these two girls… a lot of the better music was written by Marit Larsen.
Today, she is a Norwegian superstar (her last album hit #1 on Norwegian radio), but from my estimation, she is incredibly humble and as down-to-earth as you can get. Not only is she absolutely mesmerizing to look at, Marit Larsen is also an extremely talented multi-instrumentalist/songwriter. In my opinion, she gives Ingrid Michaelson a run for her money, and I fuckin’ LOVE Ingrid. I honestly think Marit (with several less years on her than Ingrid) is a better and more talented songwriter, and singer. And, she’s more accomplished and prolific. And of course, for all of these reasons, I have to talk about her here on Underrated Music.
Without further ado….. here are three Marit Larsen songs from the past 5 years or so, and as a bonus, take a listen to the pure pop perfection of M2M’s “Don’t Say You Love Me” (yes, it IS the song from the Pokemon movie)…
and here’s Marit and Marion (M2M) playing “Don’t Say You Love Me” candidly, backstage. Absolute talent. Marit was a better guitarist at 17 than I was at 25.
One final thought— I still think M2M is probably one of the best late 90s/early 00s pop groups… if not THE best. The pure talent from these two cannot be understated. They wrote EVERYTHING. If these songs don’t make you smile, sing along, and love life, then you have a deficiency in your soul.
Scandinavian pop was, is, and always will be the best music ever made.