TEDDYBEARS STHLM
ROCK'N'ROLL HIGHSCHOOL
ALBUM MNW RELEASE: JUNE 7, 2000 REVIEW: JUNE 29, 2000

The trend now seems to be transformation, from harsh to soft. Teddybears Sthlm started out as something of a hardcore punk band and some of that attitude is still left, but "Rockíníroll Highschool" is still a paradox title. Synths, drum machines and samplers are now part of their mixture, as well as more hip hop, contemporary techno and funk influences. Itís made with a much needed glint in the eye, though, saving it from being just a schizophrenic mess. Sure, the variation on the album is extensive, but all tracks are connected, tied together through a thin, yet very strong line of pure coolness. The sense of playfulness is tangible, like the four Teddybears really enjoyed recording this album, laughing their asses off in the studio.
Vocalist Patrik Arve has less to do on "Rockíníroll Highschool" than usual, given the amount of guest singers, Eagle-Eye Cherry, Daddy Boastiní and Thomas Rusiak to name a few, and the fact that a few pieces are instrumental.
Some of the tracks are entwined displays of Chemical Brothers, while others are straight forward pop/rock. Always with brittle, nice synth melodies on the surface. "Yours to Keep" is my current favourite, a lively pop cracker with the smooth, emotional female voice of a singer called Paola.
The video game included was quite amusing, but is it supposed to be this easy? Iím at level seven. On my second try.

NIKLAS FORSBERG


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