Bjørn Berge: Illustrated Man

MIC’s Listen to Norway profile series continues with Bjørn Berge and his Illustrated Man album.

Listen to a 30 second clip of Bjørn Berge tearing up Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ Give it Away
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Bjørn Berge

Bjørn Berge and his trusty acoustic is often labelled the best one-man band in the world. Armed with little more than his pick, a voice reminiscent of gravel and broken glass plus his battered Takamine, Berge builds up a groove as strong as a full band and cops it off with vocals that sound as if the devil himself is snapping at his heels. Based in the blues but with additional influences ranging from hip-hop to funk, Bjørn Berge is an artist with few peers – neither in Norway nor abroad. He plays as if he had fifty sets of arms and twenty pairs of legs, and with an insatiable musical curiosity and appetite which will never allow him to become jaded or stuck in a rut. Berge has still got the rebellion and curiosity of youth in him, restlessness is in his blood. And the devil’s snapping at his heels.

Illustrated Man earned Berge a Norwegian Grammy earlier this year, and the release has picked up favourable reviews in Denmark. The album is also set for release in the Be-Ne-Lux countries through Bertus.

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