The album reached 2nd position at the Norwegian main charts. Producer Martin Sjølie did a great job on this one. The production has depth, edge, lot’s of detail and always with attention to Maria’s voice. The album was recorded in several studios, one of them being British Grove Studios. Mark Knopfler’s facility. Needless to say, mixing this was a fun task!
From Maria’s homepage:
“One of Scandinavia’s most successful artists is back with her fifth studio album, “Viktoria”. Norwegian/American Maria Mena (25) has played before full houses on tours, played several of Europe’s biggest festivals and charted in most parts of the world since “Cause And Effect” (2008). Her previous album went gold in Germany, Holland, Switzerland and Norway, and she was also awarded Spellemannprisen (the Norwegian Grammy award) in the category “best female artist”.Sensationally, Mena got her breakthrough in Norway just after she turned 16 with “My Lullaby”. After her debut album, “Another Phase” (2002), she’s continued to be one of the country’s leading artists for almost a decade. “Mellow” (2004) and “Apparently Unaffected” (2005) provided Mena with an international audience, and now she’s touring in large parts of Europe, charting highly in Asia and South America, and having a global fan base. Kanye West, John Legend and Tinie Tempah are among the music greats who’s taken a fancy to Mena’s music, but her formula is still the same as when she was 12 and wrote the first songs in her bedroom.”