DET LYCKLIGA LIVET
ALBUM W RELEASE: NOVEMBER, 2000
REVIEW: DECEMBER 6, 2000
is a poet, primarily. He takes great pride in his Swedish lyrics and
often relate to prior life events. Tales of lost and newfound
love, skilfully written, but we've all heard the essence of it many times
before. What we haven't heard is the crisp, warm sound on "Det lyckliga
livet", an album being in the works for several years before finally
seeing daylight this November.
Skinny's debut album is to be enjoyed
in its entirety, with all the smooth edges and soft
forms exposed. "Vill du se en stjärna (Se inte på mig)"
opens the path on which tender electronics and emotional, varied vocals
stroll peacefully hand in hand. "Det lyckliga livet" is a coherent
album, with strong bits in all compositions, some better than others,
but not one single track can erase the stupid grin on my face.
& Falk and Kraftwerk influences are obvious, but nursed properly to
create something new. Skinny also has a predilection for Swedish music
poet legends like Wiehe and also covers him in "Flickan och
kråkan". The result is brilliant.
With Swedish lyrics, and a foundation in "normal" pop, Skinny
may not appeal to the hardcore synth fanatics, but I was blown away. "Det
lyckliga livet" is an exceptional electronic poet soundtrack and
most certainly a safe candidate on my upcoming yearlist.