ALBUM CRUNCHY FROG RELEASE:
APRIL 22, 2002 REVIEW: MAY 17, 2002
are big - on their native Danish soil. It took me a while to understand
why. At first, I couldn’t hear any of the instant gratification that you
find in hits from Swedish major pop/rock bands like Weeping Willows or
Kent. It sounded too low-key to make much of an imprint on the music scene.
A few more listens made me realise my mistake. You see, Superheroes isn’t
one of those bands. Their brand of pop is infused with elegance and irony
rather than with bleeding hearts. This blend leads away from the britpop
scene, leaving me trying to pinpoint other musical references entirely:
a little Gary Numan, maybe some Gus Gus and definitely a will to experiment
without ruining their pop sensibility. I’m starting to grasp what this
band was doing performing live with Beck in Stockholm, although I didn’t
have the pleasure of experiencing it.
The eclecticism, pared with excellent sing-a-long tunes like ”Rich and
Famous” and ”Cool Girl” as well as a nice interplay of guitars and synthesizers
make this a very enjoyable and durable listen.