Thursday, November 29, 2007

Fullkomið líf

Something unrelated to the rest of the post to start it off: is this the best promotional picture of the season?

Just possibly yes...

Thanks to Alex for the tip that you can buy that Agnes/Måns Zelmerlöw "All I Want For Christmas Is You" duet I was talking about yesterday from Expressen here (you can also listen to a preview of the song there). I was able to buy it, so I presume anyone who has a credit card, regardless of country, should be able to do so as well, which is a big "yay." It's a slowed down version, going more for the "lovely" thing than the "jump around dancing" thing. You can watch a small news feature on it that features clips from the music video/ad here.

The actual song for today? Well, I'm not sure that I have that much to say about it--I wrote about Eurobandið just a little earlier and said that their song "Fullkomið líf" had qualified to the finals of Iceland's national selection for Eurovision. I think I really like it, so I decided to post it.

Fullkomið líf--oh, completely unrelated to this song, but have I mentioned how high Iceland is rising on my good list? Not only do they have some great artists of their own, a certain someone has his version of "You Give Love A Bad Name" getting frequent play on at least one of their big radio stations. Anyhow, "Fullkomið líf" (which I've read means "Perfect Life") is a big upbeat duet between Regína Ósk and Friðrik Ómar and yes, there were some "styling issues" (incidentally, they didn't look at all like they do in this picture), but the song is catchy and strong. Given poor Iceland's luck in making it out of the semifinals recently, I have no idea if this song would do the trick for them, but at least it'll be a good listen for Eurovision fans. One more note: the song is written by Örlygur (Öggi) Smári, who's done several of my favorite Icelandic songs from 2007, Páll Óskar's "International" and "Allt fyrir ástina."

I don't know of anywhere where you can buy this song yet, but I imagine will end up carrying the album for Laugardagslögin 2008 when it comes out.

Speaking of Iceland, apparently Birgitta Haukdaul (their 2003 representative) will be in the next semifinal (as part of a duet), a fact which I'd be more excited about (I think "Open Your Heart" is great) if her latest album didn't sound pretty dull from all the preview clips I've heard of it.

Next up: maybe something else from Iceland.


paul @ said...

oh my gosh that picture is adorable. just adorable. and the song is a really good interpretation, one of the best i've ever heard. I'm just speechless by the whole thing. What a lovely hug it was to wake up to that. Damn you mother nature for not snowing and making it perfect :P PS i have some weird eye infection and my left eye is puffy and huge!

Jason said...

Yes! Loving this cover, made me go look up more info on Måns. Thanks for all you do and your enlightenment on everything world pop.

Poster Girl said...

Yay Paul! I'm so glad you're enjoying this whole thing :D It really is an adorable picture. Poor you, though! Eek! Get better soon!

Oh, wow, thank you! I'm so glad you like the cover--doesn't beat Mariah, but it really is a great reinterpretation of it.