DET ÄR NI SOM E DOM KONSTIGA DET ÄR JAG
SOM E NORMAL
ALBUM MNW RELEASE: OCTOBER
20, 1999 REVIEW: OCTOBER 26, 1999
The personage of Joakim Thåström is shrouded in rock'n'roll
myth. In the minds of the Swedish, he
is the solitary wanderer, the mysterious stranger of musical non-conformism.
Thåström is the one and only rock star of the far north.
late seventies he has been channeling his rage to the public in the forms of
punk, rock and fierce industrial beats. Moving between group outfits and solo
efforts, his voice has always been unique and his restless nature has kept
driving him on to new projects.
then, he is also immensely popular. The commercial success of his earliest
bands Ebba Grön and Imperiet can hardly be exaggerated. Tired of the
consequences of his popularity, Thåström moved to Amsterdam in the early
nineties and started making techno thrash records, singing in English under the
name Peace Love and Pitbulls. Gaining a new audience among hardcore industrial
fans, he lost most of the huge Swedish rock crowd. But they were only waiting
for him to come back to them.
release, it seems Thåström might finally win both audiences. The lyrics are
again in Swedish and guitars have replaced the machines, but the intensity is
possibly greater than ever. Fans of Imperiet will no doubt be overjoyed, but
there are qualities here for others to cherish. It is definitely Thåström's
most decadent, gothic record to date. Moving through beautiful, dead European
cities as a lost bleeding Jesus figure in his poetic lyrics, Thåström finds relief
in Einstürzende Neubauten- and Young Gods-type ballads ("Precis som
ni"), cathartic rock explosions ("Två + två") and wonderful dark
wave gems ("Städer när jag blöder"). The guitars are absolutely
wonderful, kind of sawing through your head in a warm and gentle, but merciless
returned to Sweden and picked up where he left his old career. No doubt there
will be a lot of money involved here. Perhaps you might feel angry with an
artist for conforming to his audience's wishings and commercial interests
instead of finding his own way. But I doubt that is what has happened here.
We've already seen the numerous pieces of the puzzle that is Joakim Thåström.
Now is simply when we finally get to see it completed and all the parts put