by Rebecca, a die-hard FORK fan
When you are first confronted by FORK, generally your first reaction is ‘wtFORK?’. Then you start to think ‘this is actually quite good’. And then you fall in love. For me it took less than 3 songs. The song was “Jump”, a cheesy 80s pop song. I love the pop sounds and the driving bass line. It’s like an a cappella copy of the original – just that it doesn’t sound a cappella!
This is just one of the tracks on “Pink Noise live” which is the album of FORK’s first large scale theatrical show.
The album starts with “Ray of Light” which in its original form is a mediocre dance song. In the FORK version it is a thumping dance anthem with fantastic techno noises. “Only Girl in the World”, another dance song, is superbly sung by Mia. However the dance highlight of the album and one of FORK’s cleverest arrangements yet is the “Gaga” medley. On this track Jonte’s “Pokerface” morphs into “Bad Romance” which seamlessly transforms into “Radio Gaga”. At the end all three songs can be heard at the same time. It sounds fantastic.
There are also other 80s songs on the album: The ‘guitars’ as well as the drums and bass are the highlights of “You Came”. Although “You’re my Heart, You’re my Soul” was a huge hit in many European countries, I grew up in Britain which Modern Talking never reached, so I have no nostalgic feelings towards this song whatsoever. For me, despite Kasper’s flirtatious singing, it’s still nothing more than a bad 80s pop song! (Sorry).
“Toxic” and “Always on the Run” although very different songs, both have an infectious groove. FORK slow “Toxic” down and turn it into something completely different from the original with a funky groove and haunting sexy vocals – definitely an improvement in my view.
The album doesn’t just consist of upbeat songs. In their beautiful ballads “Hello” and “Kiss from a Rose”, FORK prove (as if it needed proving to anyone) that they are not hiding behind their technical gadgets and that FORK “unplugged” is just as spectacular. One of my favourite FORK songs is Anna’s stunning version of “Sleeping Sun”. I am guaranteed to get goose bumps every time I listen to her sing this song.
As with every album, there is always one song that you’re not so keen on. For me this song is “Fix You” which starts off very simply but seems to take forever to get going. The “guitar” solo and the harmonies later in the song are lovely but I still think it is weakest song choice on the album.
The second song by Coldplay on the album, “Viva la Vida”, is however an excellent choice. This version is beautiful and very close to the original. Recently FORK have used this song in a slightly more upbeat version as one of their encores. It’s a fantastic sing along and great way to end a great evening.
If you are a FORK virgin I urge you to take the plunge, get to know FORK and allow yourself to fall in love. Believe me, it’s a great feeling!
Editorial notes by Florian:
Looking for newer and the newest FORK stuff – or as they would say - more of that “high-quality nonsense”? Here are the trailers for their second show “Electro Vocal Circus” (2012) and their anniversary show “X” (2014). “Pink Noise” and “Electro Vocal Circus” are available as good-oldfashioned CD albums via www.acappellazone.com, just click on the album titles and order yours.
ELECTRO VOCAL CIRCUS
X – THE ANNIVERSARY SHOW
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