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Nominated for “Best Pop Artist of the Year”, “Best Rock Artist of the Year” and “Best Album of the Year” by All Indie Music Awards 2012, The Controversy is an indie rock band based in Los Angeles, CA. What started out as The Controversy’s lead singer Laura Vall solo project, quickly evolved into a more mature sound with the increasing involvement of the guitar player, co-writer and co-producer of the project Thomas Hjorth. The Controversy’s first album (still released under Laura Vall) “Real” has received critical acclaimed reviews, describing it as “stunning”, “off the hook”, “Rich songs with powerful lyrics and musical serenity”, “refreshing change from the overproduced pop” and “unique, powerfully emotional, honest and ethereal”.

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released August 21, 2011

“Little Star”, “Afraid to Love You”, “Sometimes” & “Love, Don’t Leave Me Tonight” written by Laura Vall
“Real”, “So Low” & “Favorite Perversion” written by Laura Vall and Thomas Hjorth

All songs produced by Laura Vall, Mehdi Hassine & Thomas Hjorth. “Little Star” & “Afraid To Love You” also produced by Mikkel Heimburger & Jesper Kristensen

All songs recorded by Mehdi Hassine. Pro Tools operator: Ellie McNeil

All songs mixed by Marc Jameson except “So Low” mixed by Studio 188.

Mastering by Pete Maher at Topfloor Music - London, UK

Recorded at
Video Symphony Studios - Burbank, California
Sound by the Pound Studio - Burbank, California
Stephane & Marie’s Studio - Paris, France
Studio 188 - Culver City, California

Artwork & photography by Thomas Hjorth

Special thanks to Thomas Hjorth, Mehdi Hassine, Jesper Kristensen, Mikkel Heimburger, Ellie McNeil, Frederik Bokkenheuser, Kaitie Sly, Simon Huber, Grace Lim, Gloria Lim, Orisha Pelzer, Troy Welstad, Troy Laureta, Mark Cross, Amy Mullins, Nestor Avelar & my family & friends for your unconditional support.

REAL
Written by – Laura Vall and Thomas Hjorth
Laura Vall – Vocals
Thomas Hjorth – Guitars, bass & programming
Frederik Bokkenheuser - Drums

LITTLE STAR
Written by – Laura Vall
Laura Vall - Vocals
Thomas Hjorth - Guitars
Mehdi Hassine - Vocal arrangements
Jesper Kristensen – Drums & programming
Mikkel Heimburger - Programming
Kaitie Sly - Bass
Grace Lim – Cello
Marc Jameson - Programming

SO LOW
Written by – Laura Vall and Thomas Hjorth
Laura Vall – Vocals & keyboards
Thomas Hjorth – Guitars & bass
Jesper Kristensen – Drums

FAVORITE PERVERSION
Written by – Laura Vall and Thomas Hjorth
Laura Vall – Vocals, vocal & string arrangements
Thomas Hjorth – Guitars, programming & string arrangements
Mehdi Hassine - Vocal arrangements
Jesper Kristensen - Drums
Kaitie Sly - Bass
Grace Lim - Cello
Gloria Lim - Violin
Orisha Pelzer – Violin

SOMETIMES
Written by – Laura Vall
Laura Vall - Vocals & vocal arrangements
Thomas Hjorth - Guitars & bass
Mehdi Hassine - Vocal arrangements
Simon Huber - Bass
Frederik Bokkenheuser - Drums

LOVE, DON'T LEAVE ME TONIGHT
Written by – Laura Vall
Laura Vall – Vocals & programming
Thomas Hjorth – Guitars & bass
Troy Welstad – Piano & keyboards
Frederik Bokkenheuser - Drums

AFRAID TO LOVE YOU
Written by – Laura Vall
Laura Vall – Vocals, vocal arrangements & string arrangements
Thomas Hjorth - Guitars & string arrangements
Mehdi Hassine - Vocal arrangements
Jesper Kristensen - Drums
Kaitie Sly - Bass
Troy Laureta - Keyboards
Grace Lim - Cello
Gloria Lim - Violin
Orisha Pelzer - Violin

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Laura Vall Los Angeles, California

Nominated for Best Artist of the Year and Best Album of the Year for their first album “Real” by All Indie Music Awards 2012, The Controversy is an indie rock band based in Los Angeles, CA. “Real” has received critical acclaimed reviews, describing it as stunning, off the hook, rich songs with powerful lyrics, refreshing change from the overproduced pop, unique, powerfully emotional and honest. ... more

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Track Name: Real
She lit the candles as she handed me the ice
I was lost in her deep blue eyes
She grabbed my hand, she swung around, she pushed me to the edge.
Was loosing consciousness while hearing her say.

This isn’t real,
Forget your fears,
Let go, just follow the voice,
I’ll fill your void.

Her light blinded me as she dragged me through the room
The smoke hid her smooth perfume
All happened fast, we danced so close, was falling into the blue
My head was spinning when I heard her say
This isn’t real,
Forget your fears,
Let go, just follow the voice,
I’ll fill your void.

Then everything, turned green
My sight was blurred, I lost control
The room got smaller, her touch got colder,
Her light dimmed, I couldn’t dream.
I don’t remember what happened then
Everything faded through my fingers when
All what was left was her voice in my head
saying over, and over again.

This isn’t real,
Forget your fears,
I’ll fill your void.

This isn’t real,
Forget your fears.
Track Name: Little Star
Looking around me,
I can’t believe you’re not here anymore with me.
Last time I saw you,
I knew it could be the ultimate, little star.

Always so bright,
You kept on fighting to not turn off your light.
But not even the silence,
Can bring you down, my little star.

Keep on shining little star,
Keep on shining wherever you are.
Keep on being the most shining one,
Keep on shining, little star.

First I was angry,
Why did you have to leave so soon,
But you were too dazzling,
To live between us, my little star.

Keep on shining little star,
Keep on shining wherever you are.
Keep on being the most shining one,
Keep on shining, little star.

But I will always look to the sky
And you’ll be there for me,
Waiting till I come by,
Waiting to set me free.

My little star.
Track Name: So Low
Here I am again,
With my buddies drowning my pain
We are all left away souls
That don’t wanna feel alone

And alone is how you left me,
And with no other place to go,
I came here to cry together,
With this sad little song.

So low, low, low, low, low, low, low, low
So low, low, low, low, low, low, low.
All left away souls cry together.
So low, low, low, low, low.

Slow the pain goes down,
When we smile and toss around,
None of us wants to go home,
‘Cause there’s no one there for us,

So we stay a little longer,
Singing our troubled song,
Sinking our lives together,
Hoping to forget our own.

So low, low, low, low, low, low, low, low
So low, low, low, low, low, low, low.
All left away souls cry together.
So low, low, low, low, low.

So low, low, low, low, low, low, low, low
So low, low, low, low, low, low, low.
All left away souls cry together.
So low, low, low, low, low.
Track Name: Favorite Perversion
Right here you stand, magnificent,
I’m on your feet, fighting to breath.
You hold me tight, just how I like,
And right here I am, groaning of pain.

You turn my life upside down,
You change my mind with one word,
With one look, with one caress,
You’re my worst nightmare,
And you’re my sweetest dream,
You’re my favorite perversion, perversion.

I just lay back, enjoying the act,
Losing consciousness, letting you bleed me dry.
You pull my hair, you pull me down,
And I sacredly delight, crying out.

You turn my life upside down,
You change my mind with one word,
With one look, with one caress,
You’re my worst nightmare,
And you’re my sweetest dream,
You’re my favorite perversion, perversion.

Who are you and why you have this power on me?
I’ve lost all control, I’m just your puppet,
I thought I could see clearly, but my sight is blurred.
I can’t wake up but it only bothers me sometimes,
You’re my trouble, you’re my favorite perversion, perversion.

Why am I letting you do this to me?
Why am I holding on?
Track Name: Sometimes
Sometimes you have to be brave enough to face your own demons.
Sometimes you have to look them right in the eyes to set you free.
Sometimes the easiest thing is to walk away and try to hide,
But believe me my friend, they won’t be denied.

Life will test you, life will make you grow,
Life is a bitch that don’t care if you’re ready or not.
It will make you suffer, it will make you cry.
But how else, my friend, would you learn to fly.

Sometimes you have to be brave enough,
Sometimes you have to look them in the eye,
Demons won’t fade away, they can’t be denied.
You will try to disguise, you will look the other way,
You will do things you don’t even know why, yeah my friend.
You will be a fool till you realize there’s no way to hide,
There’s no run away, they are here with you, they won’t fade away.

Sometimes you have to be brave enough,
Sometimes you have to look them in the eye,
Demons won’t fade away, they can’t be denied.
Track Name: Love, Don't Leave Me Tonight
Love, don’t leave me tonight
Please, love, don’t leave me tonight

I need you by my side,
To hold me in your arms,
I’ll try to ignore they are numb.

Love, tomorrow will come,
And you can go your way
Love, and you can end this parade

We fooled ourselves for too long,
We played this game too much times,
We knew it’d never work out,
We hoped love could save us
But what if there’s a new dawn?

Love, tomorrow will come,
And you can go your way
Love, and you can end this parade

We fooled ourselves for too long,
We played this game too much times,
We knew it’d never work out,
We hoped love could save us
But there’s no new dawn.
Track Name: Afraid To Love You
Here you are still by my side,
Still with me after all we cried.
You stood still when I was falling,
You helped me stand up when I was crawling.

You still love me unconditionally,
After all I did to you, after all I did to me,
You still want me for what I am,
And I still don’t understand.
I am afraid to love you again.
I am afraid to hurt you again, my love, my love.

You’ve been my angel,
You’ve been my demon,
I had to run away from your love,
I had to run away from your love.

I needed to find myself,
Away from you, away from you.
I needed to fall,
And break through, and break through.

I am afraid to love you again.
I am afraid to hurt you again, my love, my love.

My love, my love, my love, my love, my love.