The front man of legendary cult band a-ha, Morten Harket, has also had a distinguished solo career and this 2008 album is part of that rich vein of quality pop/rock/synth music. Letter from Egypt follows on from his best English language album Wild Seed. That was an impossible album to follow and so it does not quite measure up but this is stil a satisfying album that showcases Morten's stunning vocal range and quality. It does lack top quality singles, but is a solid album nonetheless and perhaps works even better as a whole than Wild Seed, which was better for its standout tracks. Though it charted at number one in Norway, the album has not reached its full international potential, in a similar way to Morten's full solo discography. It is also a delightful album to have in physical copy with a beautiful soft card design, gorgeous and meaningful symbolic photography and an exquisite internal booklet.
1) Darkspace - a light pop melody that opens the album jauntily but lacks a killer chorus
2) Send Me An Angel - this is where the album truly begins to offer up its real potential. It is much more meaningful in its lyrics and showcases Morten's deep religious convictions as well as having great music.
3) We'll Never Speak Again - this is perhaps my favourite track on the album. It is fairly simplistic but Morten's voice sounds incredible and so hauntingly beautiful. That it was also co-written by fellow a-ha member Magne Furuholmen adds to its charm.
4) There Are Many Ways To Die - a more sombre, brooding track which is a solid album track
5) With You - With Me - a beautiful ballad, simple and delicate but sung softly and elegantly. It weaves beautiful rhymes and the chorus with pure, soaring Morten and some delightful strings.
6) Letter From Egypt - the title track is a grower, that you appreciate with many more listens than the other more instantly accessible tracks on the album. Its melancholy chanting and angelic choir sounds build up into a spoken word section whose profound lyrics are emblazoned on the album's booklet for you to appreciate.
7) A Name Is A Name - an interesting album track which talks about love against a backdrop of twinkling piano keys.
8) Movies - this was the first single from the album and contains some bizarre lyrics and is a pleasure to listen to, especially with the charismatic and intriguing love lyrics in the chorus
9) Slanted Floor - this knits the album together with guitar strumming that draws the listener back from Letter from Egypt
10) Anyone - a song that adds value from its soaring phrase 'it was for real' and some beautiful musical motifs
11) Should the Rain Fall - More strings enliven this song, which features occasional bursts of a more fast paced vocal delivery from Morten other than straightforward ballad mode
12) The One You Are - a good ending to the album in a song that is breathy, echoes and soars , contrasting strings, electronic sounds and piano tunes and generally epitomising the album and Morten's vocal and musical magnificence.