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The Grass Is Always Greener


Download links and information about The Grass Is Always Greener by Barbara Morgenstern. This album was released in 2006 and it belongs to Electronica, Rock, Pop genres. It contains 12 tracks with total duration of 45:34 minutes.

Artist: Barbara Morgenstern
Release date: 2006
Genre: Electronica, Rock, Pop
Tracks: 12
Duration: 45:34
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No. Title Length
1. The Grass Is Always Greener 4:43
2. The Operator 4:23
3. Polar 3:24
4. Das Schoene Einheitsbild 3:13
5. Unser Mann aus Hollywood 2:45
6. Juist 3:53
7. Alles Was Lebt Bewegt Sich 3:40
8. Ein paar Sekunden 3:34
9. Die Japanische Schranke 5:06
10. Quality Time 4:09
11. Mailand 2:35
12. Initials B.M. 4:09



If Nichts Muss found Barbara Morgenstern shifting her style from indie electronic to techno-pop, her follow-up album, The Grass Is Always Greener, finds her embracing the pop aspect while backpedaling away from techno. These sorts of shifts have come to be expected from one Morgenstern album to the next, as she continually repositions herself stylistically. Yet over the course of her solo recording career, a single trajectory has been clear with each successive release: Morgenstern continues to move herself further into the spotlight, making her singing, piano playing, and songwriting the focus of her music, while steadily moving the electronics, once the emphasis of her music, into the background. As a result, she's become increasingly distinct, to the point where it's difficult to mistake her music, even her instrumentals, for that of anyone else. This in itself is an accomplishment, given the innumerable artists recording electronic music concurrently in Germany. Yet as distinct as it may be, The Grass Is Always Greener is a pop album: eight of the 12 songs are sung, with full-blown choruses, and practically all of them are driven by old-fashioned piano. As is customary for Morgenstern, the first third of the album is immediate — gripping songs with strong hooks and melodies — while the second two thirds drift between instrumentals and vocal tracks, the last third in particular meandering toward a moody finale. The key highlights are found in that first third: sequenced back to back, "The Operator" and "Polar" are as impressive as anything Morgenstern has ever released — the former a forceful synth pop confection with an absolutely driving rhythm, the latter a chilling, exceptionally melodic song that builds to a dizzy height. The Grass Is Always Greener is arguably the most impressive album Morgenstern has recorded to date, and certainly her most confident and personalized. However, its focus on vocals and piano, along with the pop-style songwriting, may alienate some who were enamored of her prior work, particularly the excellent, techno-informed Nichts Muss. And there will be those who don't care for the German-language singing, or the omnipresent piano. Clearly, The Grass Is Always Greener is not for everyone, though for those swayed by its singularity and boldness, the album is fascinating.