PLAYGROUND RELEASE: SEPTEMBER
29, 2004 REVIEW: SEPTEMBER
What if Yvonne hadn’t disbanded?
What if Henric de la Cour instead
had got a larger say in writing the
music, so that he actually could sing
to it? What if "Hit that City"
never had happened? Well, then, Ladies
and Gentlemen, this would have been
the logic follow-up to "True
Love". The slower, a little less
interesting, songs – like "Oh
My God" – are there, as
are the pop-like qualities that I
felt was eminent throughout "True
Love". You have perhaps already
heard the little masterpiece "Desperation",
now lend your ear to the eminent songs
"Never Die " and "24
"The same (as Yvonne), as in
a bit simpler, a bit more matter of
fact and with a bit more pop-sensibility.
Henric de la Cour even sings better
than he did in Yvonne. This is more
like Yvonne should have sounded than
a clone of Yvonne’s music",
I wrote when I reviewed
single track "Desperation".
And that statement is still true.
Although the only members remaining
from Yvonne in this new sextet are
vocalist Henric de la Cour and keyboardist
Christian Berg, the sound is pretty
much the same. For good and bad.
The whole of "Strip Music "
doesn’t measure up to "Desperation"
and I get the feeling that I have
heard these songs before. And I have
– on the albums of Yvonne. Maybe
with a little bit more complex, unformed
structures and a little less 80-ish
keyboards, but still.
is a great record, no doubt. But at
the same time as it is a step forward
for Henrik de la Cour, it is two steps
backwards in terms of music. This
actually sounds like something that
could have come out in the late 80:s
or early 90s. Fine darkwave-tinged
pop/rock, with some harsher guitars
and synthpop-like keyboards. Not less.
But not very much more, either.
you have missed Yvonne, you will embrace
this with all your sad heart. If you
didn’t like Yvonne, you might
want to give this a shot. But it’s
no sure bet that you’ll like