Article: “New Year’s Tales” of Alexander Rybak. Review of Christmas album in the Russian newspaper. 18.12.2012

Published on – the web-site of Moscow daily evening newspaper “Вечерняя Москва” (“Evening’s Moscow”), 18.12. 2012.

Link to the original article here. Written by Ilija Marshak.

Found and translated by Zhanna Sergueeva. English revision by Lillian Llewellyn.

The Norwegian singer Alexander Rybak became known after performing at the Eurovision Song Contest-2009 with the song “Fairytale”. Photo by Michael Sadchikov-junior.

“New Year’s Tales” of Alexander Rybak.

After having performed with the unforgettable song “Fairytale” at “Eurovision-2009”, Alexander Rybak has won not only the competition but also the winning ticket to his bright creative future.

Since then the creativity of this guy – no matter what he did – resonates with the audience.

That happened also with the last album of the 26 year-singer, which consists entirely of traditional Christmas and New Year’s songs. The hits of Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, “Let it Snow” and “Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer” – all this acquires the new tone thanks to the fine taste of Rybak who once again put emphasis on violin and keyboards. Regarding sound, the album is maximally close to the music of the Christmas Masterpieces of Disney’s studios and the main highlight is the violin of course, because of that Rybak became famous in 2009. Since then the artist has recorded several songs in Russian, two albums in English and the one in Norwegian (*actually in Swedish – comment of

After having realized the demand in the western market, the musician decided to return to the English language in which all 12 tracks are performed. Listening to him you are realizing that the singer obviously prefers to go down the “for a long time, already beaten path”, however he only benefits from this – the new album of Rybak is nice to listen to from the beginning to the end. Unfortunately there will be no concerts in Moscow as a part of the tour to support the album – the musician decided not to go beyond several halls in his native Norway.

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