BEST OF 2011 – MY TOP 10 FAVOURITE SWEDISH ALBUMS (2-4)

2, 3, 4

After my top 20 Swedish songs of the year, here comes my top 10 favourite albums in 2011. Cause yes, I still believe in albums. As I already pointed out, a “top” is somehow absurd, but it is fun (and long!) to pick your favourite records and decide which position to give to all of them. Well, here you go.

Today numbers 2 to 4.

2/ KATHARINA NUTTALL – Turn me on

Katharina Nuttall – Turn me on (live video at the Swedish TV)

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First time, I listened to Katharina Nuttall, I thought about PJ Harvey. And it’s true the opening song of her 2011 album called Turn me on is definitely PJHarveyish. Second time, I listened to Katharina Nuttall, I did not think about PJ Harvey at all. Her “hit single” Play was not that rock n’ roll. More emotional, you see. And her Depeche Mode’s Stripped cover? Amaaaaazing. Now it’s been a hundred times I listened to this damn record, I’m still under the spell of Katharina’s voice. I read she used to be a producer, but with a voice like this, she is obvioulsy a hell of a singer. For those of you who thought Ane Brun was the most beautiful gem in Stockholm come from Norway, it is time to reconsider: Katharina Nuttall third record is one of those album which is gonna stay. She is actually THE Swedish artist I wanna discover live the most. And my favourite Swedish female artist of the year.

Here is my previous review of this album.

 

3/ RIDDARNA – Riddarna

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Straight. Riddarna are straight. I mean they go straight to the point with macho guitars and all. Ok, they do remind me Queens of the Stone Age, but Queens of the Stone Age sound quite good, right? And for a French guy like me, their Swedish lyrics are half-weird, half-mysterious. Anyway, since I met their paths more than a year ago, I have always consider them as one of the true great new Swedish bands. They are not cool, not geek, not even made for the international market, but Riddarna is the kind of band that can switch a bad day into a good one when their music meet your ears. If you have to go to a desert island for Christmas and need just one single rock record, bring it on.

Here is my previous post about this song.

 

4/ MATTIAS ALKBERG – Anarkist

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What else can I add about Matti Alkberg more than what I already said in the hundreds of posts I dedicated to him since the beginning of this blog? Well, actually, the Bear Quartet was featured in this first Absolut Noise post wrote on the 2nd of February 2006. Until then, I have followed the career of mister Alkberg, aka the singer of the Bear Quartet, aka the singer of the punk band Mattias Alkberg BD (which turn quite folk on their third album), aka Mattias Alkberg solo. If his solo debut, Nerverna, was really good, it cannot compete to this Anarkist 2011 album. A masterpiece which is as good when it rocks than when it slows down (a very rare quality, if you ask me). So, well, what can I add? Maybe just that Anarkist is a must have. Clever without being too smart.

Here is my previous post about this song.

 

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