Melody Club
Face The Music
Sony
2004
B+



melody Club make music which the Bravery and the Killers can only dream of. They fuse pop and rock perfectly, replete with a healthy dose of synths. Kylie fans will recognize Melody Club as the support act for her Showgirl tour, and some of you may remember their 2004 UK single release, Electric, although it was undeservedly unsuccessful.

Face The Music is a collection of the catchiest and coolest pop songs around. The CD booklet shows them to be an almost impressively ugly band, except for the lead singer, Kristofer, who is quite striking. They dress to match in black and white suits and ties, much like their fellow Swedes The Hives, but Kristofer's jacket is distinctively shinier, the album cover is distinctly more pink, and Melody Club are clearly far more influenced by New Order and the Human League than the Ramones or the Rolling Stones.

The quality of the album is remarkably consistent. While they do stick with the electro style throughout, the four Swedish single releases from the album so far range from the rockier “Take Me Away” and “Wildhearts” to the soaring pure pop of the incredible “Baby (Stand Up)” and the world-weary almost-ballad “Boys In The Girls Room.” And the treasures don’t end there—the rest of the album is just as good, with the poptastic “Cats In The Dark” and the lovely “Tomorrow Is A Stranger” coming immediately to mind.

Melody Club are one of a small number of European groups who actually have the potential to be big in the UK, but being Swedish seems to mean that they can only be seen as a novelty act. They may or may not be headed for mainstream success but that doesn't put anyone off those trendy British indie acts, so why not put down that Bravery album, get on the Internet and order Face The Music instead—you won’t regret it!


Reviewed by: Jessica Popper
Reviewed on: 2005-07-18
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