||Aquarium CD (1997)
Soren Rasted music CDs AQUARIUM isn't the place to turn if you're looking for introspective, soul-searching meditiations on the meaning of life and the universe. But if you like techno bubble gum this might just be a little slice of heaven. They love it in Denmark, where the album went quintuple platinum, and they love it in the clubs, because the mechanical, boppy, sing-songiness makes for the perfect dance music. "Happy Boys and Girls," the disc's opening track, is a perfect representation of the Aqua sound: "Be happy" squeal the little-girl backup singers. The drum machine kicks in, mechanical high-hat hissing away, and you can just see those European dance floors filling up with happy Danish boys and girls. This disc has a tongue-in-cheek feel to it, as if Aqua is almost satirizing the techno-dance genre, but it's basically harmless, good-natured fun.
Producers: Johnny Jam, Delgado, Soren Rasted, Claus Norreen, Hartmann & Langhoff, Tommy Ekman, Per Aderbratt, Rene Dif.
Personnel: Lene Grawford Nystrom (vocals, background vocals); René Dif (vocals); Douglas Carr, Claus Hvass, Jan Langhoff (guitar); Vivian Cardinal, Mogens Binderup, Bee, Marian Binderup, Kati ?, Soren Rasted (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Claus Norreen; K. Delgado; Tommy Ekman; Jan Langhoff; Johnny Jam; René Dif; Hartmann ; Per Adebratt; Soren Rasted.
Recording information: Denmark.
Photographer: Robin Skjoldborg.
Arrangers: Claus Norreen; K. Delgado; Tommy Ekman; Jan Langhoff; Johnny Jam; René Dif; Hartmann ; Per Adebratt; Soren Rasted.
Aqua: Lene Grawford Nystrom, Rene Dif (vocals); Soren Rasted (various instruments, background vocals); Claus Noreen (various instruments).
Additional personnel: Douglas Carr, Claus Hvass, Jan Langhoff (guitar); Bee, Kati, Vivian Cardinal, Marian Binderup, Mogens Binderup (background vocals).
||Aquarius CD (2000)
Soren Rasted CD discography Gliding above the seemingly kitschy Europop of Aqua is the angelic voice of Lene Nystrom, the band's most appealing element. At times, Nystrom seems to capture the sexiness of Madonna and the quirkiness of Bjork.
AQUARIUS opens with the Disneyish and aptly titled "Cartoon Heroes." Poking fun at country music, "Freaky Friday" weighs the realities of life's mishaps against the cliches of the genre. "Halloween" opens with an endearing B-horror movie reference, and the sometimes abrasive vocals of Rene Dif work perfectly as the song's villain. The mid-tempo groove of "Good Guys" is a refreshing departure from the monotony of 4/4 dance songs. Hidden among the walls of synthesizers, timpani, theremin, and other unexpected instrumentation are some undeniable catchy pop hooks, such as that of "Back From Mars." The Latin-flavored "Cuba Libre" ...
||Bumble Bees CD (2000) |
Soren Rasted albums Aqua's classic Europop comes alive on the single "Bumble Bees." It's tongue-in-cheek dance humor, almost as enticing as their biggest hit, "Barbie Girl," and frontwoman Lene Grawford Nystrom's candied vocals are brilliant. Three additional remixes of "Bumble Bees" are included: "K-Klass Klassic Klub Mix" reaches for dark trance soundscapes, whereas "Sharp Carnival Remix" dips into funky techno breaks for something fun and exciting. Aqua delivers signature style and grandeur once again. ~ MacKenzie Wilson
Audio Remixers: Hampenberg; K-Klass; Sharp Boys.
Recording information: Rastednorreen Mobile Studio, Somerset, England.
Arrangers: Claus Norreen; Soren Rasted.
Personnel: Lene Grawford Nystrom (vocals, background vocals); René Dif (vocals); Paul "Biggy" Birchall (keyboards); Soren Rasted (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Michael J. Henderson; Aqua.