Sweden-based but Norway-born, IDA MARIA would seem to possess some Risk-like global ambitions. So far, she's managed to transport her indie-rocking armies across the North Sea and gain a foothold in the UK on the strength of single "I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked." The song is a likeable-enough, cut-and-paste rasp-alooza -- only marginally marred by that too-cute-for-school title.
[Then again, I'll take that any day over a girl calculatedly crooning a calculatedly "controversial" song called "I Kissed a Girl" (unless that girl is named JILL SOBULE).]
Ida Maria's debut album is named FORTRESS ROUND MY HEART, and that ringing telephone you hear in the distance is STING calling in an indignant tizzy....
IDA MARIA on MySPACE.
[MP3] [VID] "Oh My God"
[MP3] "Morning Light"
[VID] "I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked"
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[VID] JILL SOBULE/"I Kissed a Girl"
[VID] STING/"Fortress Around Your Heart"