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The Real Deal

I've been praising Bernhoft's talent since 2005, when he was with the fantastic Norwegian hard rock band, SPAN (think Brother Cane with more energy and better lyrics). I have a Nissan X-Terra commercial to thank for bringing them to my attention. After 2 albums and an EP with SPAN, Jarle left to reinvent himself and released 2008's amazing soul jem "Ceramik City Chronicles" (under Jarle Bernhoft), which sounded like Lenny Kravitz and Prince traveled back to 1975 to record an album, and should have been a huge hit in the States, but was sadly and criminally overlooked. Grammy-worthy without a doubt. His loop station (one man band) performances have always been incredibly good and he captured this on his double live album "1: Man 2: Band" (one disc of solo performance, one with full band).

In EARLY 2011, Bernhoft returned with "Solidarity Breaks", with his sound evolving closer to Maroon 5 territory, while maintaining the soulful smoothness and integrity of his "Ceramik" album. Yet, "Solidarity" was not made available in the US until October. I'm thrilled that this album is now available in the US and that Jarle is finally getting the national exposure he so well deserves. I'm SO glad the solo versions of "Choices" and "C'mon Talk" are included in this set, as they are worth the price alone.

"Good Intentions" shows yet another side of Bernhoft's style, with enough pop sense to fit comfortably on any hit radio station and his take on Tears For Fears' "Shout" can only bring smiles.

Amazing Artist, Great Style & Sound

I was listening to Bernhoft's interview on NPR (23 June 2013) and was instantly hooked. If you like soul/funk/R&B, this is an album to get. Each track showcases Bernhoft's instrumental, vocal, and songwriting talents. His ease of style is just brilliant - soul just resonates throughout. Love it! My favorites are "C'mon Talk (Live)", "Stay with Me", and "Shout", a cover of Tears for Fears' hit song.

I gave the album 5 stars, but I really would have liked to hear more live tracks. Getting to hear Bernhoft's technique in building loops and his multi-instrument talent in action is a real treat. Who knew a Norwegian boy had this much soulful swag! Keep 'em coming.


Bernhoft is an amazing talent!! This record is absolutely amazing!! I'm in awe at his talent! Support this band/man!! He is pure genius!!


Born: June 21, 1976 in Nittedal, Norway

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Norwegian multi-instrumentalist Jarle Bernhoft started his career as an angst-ridden rock frontman before switching to a unique, one-man band style of retro-soul that he came to alternate with a full backing band. Born in Nittedal in 1976 to an opera singer and a music teacher, Bernhoft enjoyed formal music study in his formative years and became involved in the local music scene while in secondary school. After graduating, he had minor success in the funk-rock quartet Explicit Lyrics in the '90s,...
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Solidarity Breaks, Bernhoft
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  • $10.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Rock, R&B/Soul
  • Released: Nov 15, 2011

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