Recommended Albums #72


Oh Land: Wishbone (2013)

Danish ballet dancer-turned singer Nanna Øland Fabricius (Anglicized as Oh Land) turned in her strongest album with her third effort, 2013’s Wishbone.

A schizophrenic blend of Scandinavian electropop, this frothy funfair of a record reaches in many directions but ultimately lands squarely in smart pop territory consistently enough to make for a satisfying listen.

oh-land-2Fans of artists such as Goldfrapp and Robyn may have ears better acclimated to the chilly electronic sound collage that frames the tunes–it’s not the most organic-sounding music.

And in fact the busy, idiosyncratic electronic sound palate here has cost Wishbone more favorable reviews from some critics who seem to see it as distractive, overdone, more sheen than substance.

Yeah, I remember rock critics panning the first Boston album in similar terms. And that one found a bit of an audience if memory serves. The point being, if any artistic work delivers the hooks, well, guilty pleasures are no less pleasurable.


And there’s no denying that the dizzying lyrical spit of “Renaissance Girls” and the perfect pop/funk of “Pyromaniac” are a blast to listen to.

And for change of pace, “Love You Better” will hit you in the feels with an almost too reflective acoustic guitar ballad:

I will love you better
Better when I’m blind
I will love you better when I’m blind
‘Cause you’ll always be a beauty
Living in my mind
I will love you better when I’m blind

If radio didn’t embrace songs like these (and it didn’t) it was more a statement about the state of radio than the quality of this music.

Listen to: “Renaissance Girls”

Listen to: “Pyromaniac”

Listen to: “Love You Better”

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Oh Land: “Rainbow” (2011)

Danish singer-songwriter Nanna Øland Fabricius is a former student at the Royal Danish and Royal Swedish ballet schools. When a back injury forced her to give up her dancing career she focused on music, Anglicizing her middle name to create the pseudonym she records under.

oh-landHer self-titled second album (which was her debut in the U.S.) rose to #5 on the Danish pop chart.

She creates the kind of electro-dance pop that brings Santigold and Robyn to mind.

But mixed in with the dance beats is the occasional ballad, such as album closer “Rainbow”, which explodes into a radiant, color-saturated chorus befitting the song’s title.

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