Bjørn Riis hails from one of the “fairly” new Norwegian prog bands: Airbag. In these days of a “new” Pink Floyd album (yes we love that!!) it is great to hear that newer groups/artists are inspired by the great PF. One such is Bjørn Riis´ solo outing with the intriguing, still sinister album title: Lullabies In A Car Crash. From the fine production, to the great tunes herein and the excellent guitar play of Riis (which at times are uncanny close to that smooth, perfect and brilliant tone of a certain David Gilmour!) The whole album reeks (in a good way) of Pink Floyd and occasionally hints here and there to Porcupine Tree, in their IMHO best period, the soft melodic early period! Even Bjørns fine vocals are close to that of Gilmour. The songs here are dreamy, atmospheric, beautiful and actually perfect! The opener “A New Day” is an ambient piece, an electronic intro to a brilliant album! “Stay Calm” next up, starts up with a spoken voice (almost uncomfortably close to your ear) the brilliant music sets in, the perfect Floyd sound emerges, shortly introducing mellotron, then the power of the guitar sound, Riis masters the Gilmour sound perfectly and he delivers excellently! “Disappear” a dreamy ballad, that easily could have been from Steven Wilson (in the early Porcupine days) and it holds another brilliant guitar solo, a wonderful track! “Out Of Reach” a track which displays Bjørn Riis in his most quiet and laidback mode, guitars and vocals for starters, soon to evolve a full flexed Pink Floydish melodic tune! I am amazed as to how Riis masters these tunes and I am especially impressed by his guitar work on the whole album!! “The Chase” an instrumental tune that goes heavily forward until the 2: 40 minute mark, settling down with flute like keys to the fore and flanging guitars and almost mellotron like theme before the thundering chords at the end!
The title track ends this fabulous album! This is a release that you must check out, for your sake and for Bjørn Riis´sake, he deserves attention and acknowledgement, big time!!
NOTE: This is not a Pink Floyd Clone album, this is honest, true and really great music with respect and inspirational source from said bands! An album most certainly worth your time and money!!
Highly recommended to friends of Airbag, Pink Floyd and early Porcupine Tree!! Take my word for it, it is really a MUST own album!!