Sounds - Living In America
Theyre Swedish, they have a the in their
name, but they aint no garage band.
The Sounds are pure cheese with a hint
of punk. With 12 tracks of pure New Wave revivalism, theres enough synth
for five Duran Duran albums.
Oh, and lets not forget the anti-Americanism.--
Were not living in America, and were not sorry for you, singer Maja
Ivarrson warbles on the title track. The only singer, Ivarrson takes charge
like the band is hers, even though she joined after the drummer and before
the synth guy. Imagine Debbie Harry as a faux-feisty teenager, just another
pretty face posturing about starting riots when not too far beneath the
surface shes just giggling at the cute boys.
Aside from the not-so-insistent anger of
America, the album is tame as can be. The band creates the poor mans
Im Just a Girl on Like a Lady. Hit Me!, the only track that does
not utilize synthesizers, features Ivarrson aching for a fight, while Hope
Youre Happy Now hits a curious note with a bridge full of throaty, silly
VERDICT: The synths make them sound like
a Mega Man tribute band. Churning out bands like the Sounds and the Hives
as it has in the past few years, Sweden has become the new Japan, taking
our American culture and warping it into its purest kitsch form without
the slightest hint of irony. Look no further than this album for proof.
- Living In America
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