Exposé Online banner

Kerrs Pink — A Journey on the Inside
(Musea FGBG 4085.AR, 1994, CD)

by Henry Schneider, 1994-12-31:

A Journey on the Inside Cover art The Norwegian band Kerrs Pink has been around for 21 years now and they’ve finally released their third album. The support Kerrs Pink received from Musea in reissuing their first two albums inspired the band to record and release what I would label as the most commercial Musea CD ever. In the mid-seventies many bands attempted to produce concept albums, some were successful but most weren’t. A Journey on the Inside follows in the footsteps of the successes of Pink Floyd’s The Wall and Genesis’ The Lamb Lies down on Broadway. Here we have a wide range of musical styles, catchy tunes, and a coming of age story told through the media of music, lyrics, and CD booklet. The story concerns Roy, a young man who realizes that so far he has achieved very little in life. As a result of his depression, Roy meets Mary who leads him on a hallucinogenic journey where he confronts his past. He overcomes his barriers only to realize that he might have been too selfish and asks several philosophical questions. Should he have tried to live with evil? Can you kill evil? Do we have the right to? Are there better ways of defeating it? Roy has come of age and now faces adulthood and maturity. In addition to the music these universal story elements, in my opinion, were also instrumental in the success of the above mentioned Pink Floyd and Genesis albums. Kerrs Pink continues this tradition. Their trademark has been the integration of Norwegian folk music into a progressive rock context. There is no finer example of this merging than on A Journey on the Inside. With the addition of tin whistles Kerrs Pink has now broadened their music to include Irish sounding folk-rock similar to Horslips. One of my favorite songs on the album is the beer hall ballad "The Downtown Happy-Go-Lucky Bunch." The simple melody and oompah beat draw you in to making you want to grab a stein and sing along with the crowd. Kerrs Pink’s 21 years in the business has paid off. They have successfully produced a concept album integrating the best elements of Pink Floyd, Jukka Tolonen, Steve Hackett, Jethro Tull, Horslips, Amazing Blondel, Genesis, Yes, and Peter, Paul, and Mary. The synergistic combination of folk, folk-rock, beer hall singing, acoustic ballads, dance music, and full blown symphonic rock makes for a very enjoyable listening experience of broad appeal. Musea’s packing of a full color picture CD and 14 page booklet of lyrics, story, and history rounds out a picture perfect release.

by Peter Thelen, 1994-05-01:

Take equal parts of progressive rock in the vein of Pink Floyd and Camel, and the traditional folk music of Scandinavia and other parts, then put it together in a seamless way, and you have the music of Kerrs Pink. With this, their third album, their sound has matured considerably into a very cohesive fusion of these styles, much as the Irish band Horslips did on their classic Book of Invasions and their other albums of that same period. With A Journey on the Inside, Kerrs Pink has combined precisely the right amounts of each with an overall accessibility and determination that all work together to make this one truly powerful release. Functionally, the music is rock at the surface, but folk at the core, which surfaces in the music in varying degrees throughout this 70+ minute concept epic, the story of a young man who has great potential but has achieved little in life. With the help of "Magic Mary," who lulls our hero into a trance, he goes on a journey confronting the elements of his inner self that prevent him from success, all represented here as people in a fictitious village. The lyrics are sung in English by keyboardist Per Oyvind Nordberg and guest female vocalist Heidi Drengsrud Jahren (as Magic Mary), yet a full half of the tracks here are instrumentals. The bulk of the material was written by Nordberg and longtime guitarist/flautist Harald Lytomt, with the occasional track by bassist Jostein Hansen. There is plenty here to be impressed with, tight playing, beautiful solos, magical moody segues, and powerful melodies. If you doubt, check it out! I'm certain that most prog fans will find this to be an enjoyable journey.

Filed under: New releases , Issue 3 , 1994 releases

Related artist(s): Kerrs Pink

More info

Latest news

2020-09-09
Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more

2020-09-05
Gary Peacock RIP – Legendary bassist Gary Peacock, veteran of many recordings and performances with Paul Bley, George Russell, Roland Kirk, Bill Evans, Tony Williams, and many more. » Read more

2020-07-22
Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the age of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more

2020-07-12
Judy Dyble RIP – Singer-songwriter Judy Dyble, who was a founding member of Fairport Convention and one of the distinctive voices of the 60s folk revival in Britain, has died at the age of 71. Her passing came at the end of a long illness, though which she continued to work. » Read more

2020-07-06
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Richard Pinhas - Rhizosphere / Live, Paris 1982 – At last, a reissue of Pinhas' first and certainly most purely electronic album recorded under his own name. It also marks a time when this was the distinction between Pinhas' solo material and...  (1994) » Read more

Mind's Eye - Waiting for the Tide – Mind's Eye may not have the most original name, but this quartet (vocals, guitar, bass, and a drummer who also plays keys) more than makes up for it with a sound that is. The requisite elements of...  (2000) » Read more

Oats - Sons of the Sonic Solution – Sons of the Sonic Solution is 70 minutes of off-the-wall bizarre and eclectic alternative-styled music. There is a definite element of the low- budget grungy alternative ethos; wailing feedback...  (1996) » Read more

Periferia del Mondo - Periferia del Mondo (3) – Their third album, my first to hear. There’s a good variety of tones and influences here, not really like anything else I can think of. Some of the heavier parts remind me of the heavier moments...  (2008) » Read more

Ax Genrich - Wave Cut – Hey, anyone in the mood for a cheery toe-tapping experience courtesy of the pleasantries of MIDI sequencers, drum machines, and other groovy techno devices? False alarm! You won't find it here....  (1997) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues