White Turns Blue

Norwegian singer/songwriter Maria Mena launched her career in the United States earlier this summer with the potent "You're the Only One." Equal parts Michelle Branch and Alanis Morissette, the single

Norwegian singer/songwriter Maria Mena launched her career in the United States earlier this summer with the potent "You're the Only One." Equal parts Michelle Branch and Alanis Morissette, the single peaked at No. 25 on the Top 40 Mainstream chart and sold enough copies to reach No. 15 on Hot 100 Singles Sales. The track is one of many high points on Mena's U.S. debut album, "White Turns Blue." The songs flit between buoyant, guitar-laced pop and heartfelt ballads. Throughout, confessional lyrics tug at the heart and soul. The spirited "Fragile (Free)" finds the artist dealing with the (empowered) pain that comes after heartbreak. On the too precious "Sorry," Mena loses control, singing "I'll change for you." But she regains it on "Take You With Me." Here, she is ready to take on the world. We have no doubt she'll do just that.—MP