The Big Room

The Big Room

by M2MM2M


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Even when they debuted in 1999 with the single "Don't Say You Love Me" from the soundtrack to Pokémon: The First Movie, Norwegian pop duo M2M were less like their girly teen pop counterparts (Brandy, Mandy, Britney) and more like the female Hanson -- cute, young, harmonically inclined pop-rockers who write their own songs and play their own instruments. On their eagerly anticipated follow-up to Shades of Purple, 18-year-old Marit Larsen and 17-year-old Marion Raven's voices still weave together in sweet, clear harmony, but this time around their compelling, genuine performances suggest yet another teen artist, guitar girl Michelle Branch. The first single, "Everything," is an urgent rocker about an estranged love with a great hook and an infectious chorus. Rich harmonies bolster the lyrically simple, acoustic guitar-driven "Love Left for Me," while the breathy ballad "Wanna Be Where You Are" sounds like something from the Faith Hill crossover catalogue. M2M's starry-eyed take on the theme of love lost and won, filtered through their sweet, youthful voices, retains the naïveté of women who have not yet come of age. But that's M2M's strength -- they sing about where they are at the moment, and the sincere, winsome The Big Room speaks to the audience that has moved beyond Pokémon but is not quite ready for Alanis Morissette.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/05/2002
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678348723
catalogNumber: 83487
Rank: 86032

Album Credits

Performance Credits

M2M   Primary Artist
Kenny Aronoff   Percussion,Drums
Dean Sharp   Percussion
T-Bone Wolk   Organ,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar
Jimmi K. Bones   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Marit Larsen   Guitar
Marion Raven   Acoustic Guitar

Technical Credits

Jill Dell'Abate   String Contractor
Larry Alexander   Engineer
Jimmy Bralower   Producer
John Holbrook   Engineer
Rob Mathes   String Arrangements
Craig Kallman   Executive Producer
Peter Zizzo   Producer
Damien Shannon   Engineer
T-Bone Wolk   Producer
Aliya Best   Art Direction
Tron Syversen   Engineer

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