BEST OF 2011 – MY TOP 10 FAVOURITE SWEDISH ALBUMS (5-7)

5, 6, 7

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 5 to 7.

5/ PATRIK BACKLUND – Patrik Backlund is an arsonist

Patrik Backlund – Run son run (live video)

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My sister hates Patrik Backlund. I listened to his debut record so many times this year she cannot stand him anymore. She says he sings out of tune and his music is just “nice”. But, you know, my sister is into Tori Amos, so I am not totally sure Patrik Backlund is aimed for her. To me, his debut album is THE big big surprise of 2011 (well, actually the singer of Penny Century, Julia Hanberg, told me it was her fav record of… 2010, when the album was not released yet). So yes, let’s sum it up as the Swedish best pop album in 2011. With few songs but only great songs. And live, he rocks, switching his pop sound into something dirty, exactely the way I like it, a bit like the way Bad Cash Quartet used to do. I try to explain that to my sister, try to open up her mind to brilliant tunes like Seesaw, Rope or Run son run. But well, I admit, Patrik Backlund is not Tori Amos. Nor is another sweet Swedish sugar pop artist. He is just a guy you should absolutely listen to and officially one of Absolut Noise true favourite.

Here is my previous post about this song.

 

6/ PROMISE AND THE MONSTER – Red Tide

Promise and the Monster – Sand (video)

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Note to self: never try to understand how the young Billie Lindahl manages to build such an atmosphere in her music. Her debut album record released four years ago was my favourite in 2007. Her second one is probably just a little bit less surprising (since it is a second album and not a debut), but it is incredibly coherent, homogeneous and… well… brilliant. If I’m correct, I mentionned Twin Peaks the first time I wrote about her music. I still think the comparison makes sense. Sure, she is not a dwarf. She does not talk in reverse. And she did not even kill Laura Palmer. But this Red tide remains as tasty as a cherry pie.

Here is my previous review of this album.

 

7/ DU PACQUE – Erotique Du Pacque

Du Pacque – Walk straight (video)

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This is probably my longest awaited record of 2011. Since I first listened to their Chaperon and other first songs back in 2006, I have always praised Du Pacque as one of the most promising Swedish band. Their debut album shows I was right to strongly believe in this friendly crew. As I already pointed out in this blog, Erotique Du Pacque is the sexiest Swedish record of the year. Real sexy. Not H&M sexy. I mean, this is rock music. Modern rock with the old tension and the new electro move. From Walk straight to The Great Reveal, they have the songs. And the sound. And the attitude. And soon hopefully the big success they deserve.

Here is my previous review of this album.

 

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