ALBUM DOLORES, VIRGIN RELEASE:
OCTOBER 15, 2003 REVIEW: OCTOBER 17, 2003
Town" is perhaps the most eagerly awaited album this year, by the
hordes of angst-ridden teenage boys and girls in Sweden. The fame of Broder
Daniel exploded after three of their songs were included on the soundtrack
to the movie "Fucking Åmål". But that was some time
ago, and the last real album is five years old.
this worth the wait? Well, yes. If you like songs with the drums of a
marching orchestra, simple, repetitive guitar licks, a singer who is out
of key half of the time singing lyrics mainly about frustration - definitely.
Berggren actually has improved his singing a lot, which makes this record
bearable even for those of you who didn’t like his efforts on "Broder
Daniel Forever". The songs are also better than ever and performed
by a much more matured and skilled group. So - this is almost the perfect
indie rock record. Almost.
a brilliant start with fabulous song trio "Cruel Town", "Shoreline"
and single "When We Were Winning" one has almost had enough
of burning hearts, cold cities and angst about not realising one’s
full potential. And it doesn’t end there. Song after song on "Cruel
Town" explores the same themes. Well executed? Yes. Boring in the
end? Hell, yes! Variation is the key word here. Something "Cruel
Town" is missing.
If it hadn't, even I would have been transformed to an angst-ridden teenage
boy screaming "Broder Daniel!". Now
I just clench my fist in my pocket and whisper it. And play the three
first songs again. And again.