Internationally acclaimed, trail blazing 7 string guitar virtuoso,singer, songwriter and pianist THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF is releasing her much awaited new album; “Berit, Vol. 2” on July 9, 2020. It’s the 2nd album in a series of 4, with new, original music.
As always, it is impossible to place her album in just one genre, as it has elements reminiscent of the great rock bands of the -70s, European pop and her very own mix of catchy hooks and innovative songwriting. Her smooth electric guitar-sound, blistering guitar technique and dramatic piano arrangements give the listener a taste of her virtuosity, without giving into the temptation of showing off, as the main instrument on these “acoustic” albums is her four octaves, soulful, crystal clear, Norwegian voice.
By brilliant use of humour, satire and self irony, The Commander In Chief stands tall like a lighthouse, beaming confident rays of hope, laughter and compassion to a world engulfed in the darkness of political correctness; where everyone is afraid of offending someone – no matter how innocent their intentions are.
She reminds us how important it is to be able to laugh at ourselves, and be humble, as she does with the songs “Messin’ It Up,” “Change of Seasons” and “The Manager.” See the video for “The Manager” here.
She assures us that even when we find ourselves under attack by evil forces, or when facing the potentially devastating consequences of someone else’s wrong decision, there is a way to turn something horrible into something funny, by looking at it through the lens of dark humour, as she does in the very personal songs “Trailer Trash” and “Go Back To Norway.” In those 2 songs she introduces her brother, William, as the voice actor and background singer.
She displays her big heart and compassion in the heartbreakingly beautiful “The Lockdown” – dedicated to everyone affected by the Corona Virus, and she challenges us all to do more in “So He Set Out Walking.” In the only Italian song on the album, she asks the big questions about life. See the video for “Non Si Sa Mai” here.
As always, there was no use of Auto Tune, or other means of “lack of talent compensation,” on “Berit, Vol.2.”
While she has been a trailblazer with international success in heavy metal and classical crossover music; with TV show appearances, viral videos and major press, this is – perhaps – her most important release. It comes at a time when humour itself is under relentless attack, and artists no longer know what to do or what to say.
By standing tall, while others bow to pressure, she confirms why her artist name was so well chosen. In “Up In the Sky” she states her mission, with blistering guitar playing and a clear vision;
“I don’t have to go where those people go – I can stay here – on my own.
I just want to go where there are no roads – I can go there – on my own.“
Equally confident and proficient on acoustic and electric guitars, piano and vocals, her musicianship and versatility is unmatched, in our time.
Here is a video with short clips from all the genres she so impressively commands: https://bit.ly/videoshowreelTheChief.
“Berit, Vol.1” was hailed as “a masterpiece” and “must have,” by reviewers. It was recorded and released in 2018, while she was on year 2 of a 3,5 years recovery from serious illness, caused by a vicious parasite infection that left her bedridden for 18 months. She has now fully recovered.