Archive for Sweden

72. ‘With Every Heartbeat’ by Robyn (2007)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on January 17, 2010 by G.K. Reid

Hasn’t Robyn got a long neck? Probably why her boyfriend left her.

This one really creeps up on you. All those plinky-plonk noises initially distract you from just how freaking depressing the song actually is. Robyn gives good heartbreak, utilising her pretty weak voice to genuinely poignant effect, as she treads the fine line between resolve and resignation. 


Bonus points: Robyn must give hope to long-forgotten 90s popstars everywhere.

80. ‘The Opposite of Hallelujah’ by Jens Lekman (2007)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on January 12, 2010 by G.K. Reid

How people wave in Sweden.

Turns out that, if it looks like a gay, and it sounds like a gay… it’s probably just a Scandinavian.  Sorry, it’s a tad difficult not to be facetious about Jens Lekman when he skirts so dangerously close to the border of Tweeville so often. In reality, Jens continues the fine Swedish tradition (well… ABBA, right?) of crafting melodic/melancholic pop baubles of the highest quality.  With more than just a touch of the Belle and Sebastians about it, The Opposite of Hallelujah perfectly captures the awkwardness (and, perhaps, futility) in trying to forge heartfelt or meaningful communication with a family member (i.e. someone you fundamentally love but may be completely dissimilar to).

Bonus points: ‘I picked up a seashell to illustrate my homelessness / but a crab crawled out of it, making it useless’ — it may be twee, but it’s certainly a contender for the ‘Best Rhyming Couplet of the Decade Award’