Thursday, March 12, 2009

Do you know how it feels when the ground seems to shake underneath your feet?

After I wrote about Alcazar's "Burning" for the first time, I spent my next trip to the gym listening to nothing but that 52 second clip on repeat. Literally nothing else the entire time.

I offer that fact up as a way of explaining that there was absolutely no way I was going to be able to hold myself back from posting the full song once we had it. Disco Defenders is full of great songs which could easily hold up their own post, but "Burning," with its Alcazar-meets-Star-Pilots vibe--read "swooshy, hands-in-the-air, full-throttle dance-pop inspired by the '80's-sampling dance hits of modern times that is pure fun and completely contagious" if you're not familiar with Star Pilots--is irresistible and my easy favorite of the songs on the album we hadn't previously heard in full. It's always dangerous to start throwing phrases like this around, but if "Burning" isn't one of the best songs of 2009 by the year's end, we'll have had a breathtakingly good year for music. "Burning" has to be the most international and crossover-friendly Alcazar have sounded for quite some time. It's also exactly the sort of song this blog is here to promote, praise to the heavens--because make no mistake, "Burning" is nothing less than a gift straight from the gods of pop--and beg you to buy.

One of the most surprising things about the album is that the best songs come from various different writers; superproducer Anders Hansson may be responsible for a plurality of the tracks, but the highlights come from multiple writers. "Stay The Night," "We Keep On Rockin'," and the previously unheard "My My Me And Mine" are all by Anders Hansson, "Baby" is by the Pet Shop Boys, and "Burning" is from Empire Studios' Johan Fjellström, Joakim Udd, and Karl Eurén. I'd also put Figge's "Put The Top Down" near that list, though the fact that it includes acoustic guitar work and is more a cruising down the avenue song than a dancing in the club song may make me fairly alone in that belief. Still, if I'm going to put that song near the best of list, then I'm going to have to start talking about "Harlem Nights," too, which is better and probably belongs in that first list, and then I'll just start listing off almost every track on this great album.

If you don't live in Sweden, you can buy Disco Defenders here or here.

Next up: maybe Erik Hassle or someone else if I can manage to stop playing Alcazar's new album for long enough to think about anything else.

13 comments:

Alexander said...

It's a fantastic album. What do you think of the ABBA tribute? It's pretty sweet. :)

Len W said...

Alexander, I launched into comments here just to say that same thing. "Thank You" is dippy and sweet and UTTERLY a reworking of "Thank You For the Music", but it puts a big stupid smile on my face every time I hear it...

Aaron said...

I can't wait till I get to hear the album!!!

Paul said...

i caved and bought it. it should arrive "imminently"! CAn't wait. the abba tribute sounds lush.

Magnus Runesson said...

Here is the requested report from Erik Hassles concert last night in Stockholm.

Paul said...

Best pop album since Same Difference's Pop!

will said...

Okay if you and Paul are this crazy about them, I must give them a chance! Sounds exciting! :')

D'luv said...

R.I.P. Same Difference, Paul.

"Burning" indeed seems to be the standout, though it all sounds magically groovin'!

eurovisionessex said...

Poster Girl, were you in Globen with us? ;o)

Mari'Jean said...

This song is amazing! I didn't know them! Great job!

kevin (ru) said...

Anders Hansson emerges as the next Ljunggren/G:son/Max Martin to me.

Poster Girl said...

Alex and Len, it is really sweet! My preferred tracks keep mixing themselves up from day to day.

Aaron, I'm excited for you to get to hear it. I hope you like it!

Paul, a smart, smart buy!

Magnus, thank you! I wish I was back in Sweden and able to go see him live, but thank goodness for people like you who can and let the rest of us know what it was like.

Paul, coming from you, that's high praise.

Will, they're not necessarily a group everyone will love (much as part of me wants to say everyone should), but I hope you fall in love with them at least partially as much as I have. In every incarnation, they are pop to me.

D'luv, you've listened to it? The next step: get you to listen to some of the Melodifestival entries....

Eurovisionessex, I wish, oh how I wish that was the case! I couldn't make it this year, which just about killed me. I think I may have to start saving and clearing my schedule now so I can make it this year...though at this rate, I'm going to be entering a "years Måns isn't participating" attendance pattern and, frankly, that's something that has to change ;)

Mari'Jean, great news! I'm thrilled you like it!

Kevin, it's funny you say that...he's someone I've of but never fully appreciated until this year, which is criminal. I went on a big "exploring Anders Hansson" kick a few days ago.

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