Thursday, August 23, 2007

Pelle Carlberg | in a nutshell

Burnt out on Peter Bjorn and John but need a Swede fix before the new Jens Lekman album drops on Oct 5 (Sep 5 if you live in Europe)? Well, I'd suggest a sunny afternoon with Pelle Carlberg's latest album in a nutshell. I've been listening to it at least once every other day for about the last month. It's just a fun, head bopping album.

I liked Carlberg's previous album, Everything.Now!, but I found it to be a bit half-baked. The guy is obviously heavily influenced by Belle & Sebastian and while he nailed the "Mayfly" side of B&S, he seemed to miss on his attempts at the "Fox in the Snow" side of B&S. However, on the new album, he cut down on the number of quiet plaintive numbers and cranked up the pop to eleven.

My only complaint about the album is the hidden track on the last song. For chrissake, can we please be done with hidden tracks?!!? Yeh, it was cool when you found that Nirvana song at the end of No Alternative but by the time the next person did it, it felt tired. Now, it's just dumb and irritating. It's a good little song about the record industry but you have to fast forward through 4:13 of guitar picking and silence to get to it.

Pelle Carlberg | I Love You, You Imbecile | Buy
Pelle Carlberg | Middleclass Kid | Buy


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