Colonia

April 28, 2009 | Format: MP3
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  • Original Release Date: April 28, 2009
  • Release Date: April 28, 2009
  • Label: Nettwerk Productions
  • Copyright: 2009 Wigpowder under exclusive license to Nettwerk Productions
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  • ASIN: B0022T6Q5U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By southgate on February 12, 2009
Format: Audio CD
"A Camp" is a collaborative effort between two Swedish musicians: pop star and former figure skater Nina Persson, of The Cardigans fame, and Niclas Frisk, (guitarist and composer), an outdoorsman and explorer who had himself enjoyed pop stardom with his Swedish pop eccentrics Atomic Swing.
Their first LP, the eponymous "A Camp" in 2001, was awarded four Swedish Grammies and met with much critical praise abroad and Stateside.
Its follow-up, "Colonia", was recorded last year in New York - where she lives and performs with Brechtian political cabaret outfit The Citizens Band - with help from Persson's husband (soundtrack composer, formerly of influential US alternative mavericks Shudder To Think) Nathan Larson, drummer Kevin March, Joan Wasser (aka Joan As Police Woman), Swedish singer-songwriter Nikolai Dunger and former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha.
Over the years, the music and lyrics Persson has produced have grown increasingly ambitious and intellectually bold, slowly revealing a talent of quirky originality and genuine substance. "I am still the Lovefool girl", she insists.
"Colonia" is an absolute gem of smart, melodious, provocative pop Americana, and Nina eases through this collection of a dozen darkly luscious songs.
If anything, it's a better effort than their charming debut, packed full of lovely melodies, a dreamy style, clever lyrics and wondrous vocals.
The bold, elegant opening track, "The Crowning", is a gaudy, sarcastic farewell to an unnamed former world leader. It is quite a departure from the band's intimate, country inflected debut.
The guitar loops that herald the arrival of "Stronger Than Jesus", meanwhile, are melodic, folksy and classic American...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elaine L. Larson on June 7, 2009
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A Camp has really hit it--lilting and beautiful melodies, dark and sophisticated lyrics. This is not to be missed! I find the songs running over and over in my mind and each time I listen it takes on new meanings and depth.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Duane Moody on June 10, 2009
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As a long time fan of the Cardigans, I found out about A Camp a while ago, and fell deeply in love with their self titled debut after discovering it. Imagine my delight and supreme surprise that A Camp announced they would release a new album early in 2009; my excitement was palpable. Needless to say, I had very, very high hopes.

The best part, is that they totally delivered. Nina Persson is one of the best song writers, and definitely one of the most consistently beautiful singers of her time. Nina's vocals are that of the angels, and on this album, she continues to prove to me why she is one of my all time favorite singer/songwriters.

It is no surprise that many people will never hear about this amazing band, because that seems to be the way it goes with amazing talent. However, if you are one of the lucky ones, you will recognize true talent when you hear it. That talent is A Camp, and they have released an AMAZING sophomore album with Colonia. Do yourself a favor and fall in love with the sweet sounds of A Camp!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FrogRacing on June 5, 2009
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This is one of the best surprise of the year. The distinctive voice of the singer of the Cardigans with rich melodies and interesting lyrics. I wasn't expecting too much of the album after listening to the samples but it is actually a great album. Note that is also got a pretty decent review in RollingStone magazine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mel on July 15, 2009
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Different from their first album but equally as good. Nina Persson's voice has really matured. Not only are the melodies great, the lyrics are meaningful. I got a chance to see them live at the Crocodile in Seattle, a small intimate venue. They are so good live - even my husband, whom I dragged there, was impressed.
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For those that don't know, A Camp is the side project of Nina Persson, the lead singer from The Cardigans. A Camp also includes Niclas Frisk and Nathan Larson (Member of Shudder to Think & Nina's husband). This is a collection of twelve gorgeous pop songs with an alt country twinge. Fans of the last few Cardigans records should find much to like here, though I would compare this record most to the style found on the Cardigans masterpiece Long Gone Before Daylight. With expert songwriting and some truly wonderful lyrical twists from Nina, this album is pure bliss from beginning to end. What on the surface seems like a sugary sweet pop song, "Stronger than Jesus" becomes a commentary about the pitfalls of both love and religion if one pays attention. "The Crowning" is a glorious ode to the departure of a ruthless leader, whether you see it as the beheading of King Charles back in the 1600's or the departure of George W. Bush is up to you. A superb collection of songs that makes my best of the year list. Be sure to check out "Love Has Left The Room", "I Signed the Line", and "Bear on the Beach". Every song on here is a gem. Well worth a listen. Highly recommended.
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A Camp are allegedly inspired by girl-pop of the 60s and 80's punk, as well as David Bowie. A Phil Spector influence is quite apparent on the single "Love Has the Left the Room", which is one of the strongest and catchiest songs on the album. The first single "Stronger Than Jesus", a song where Persson sounds a lot like another great female vocalist, Sheryl Crow, is another highlight on the album.

Though several songs are really quite catchy, don't expect an easy-listening album. Musically there is a great variety, ranging from pop, through country and rock till avant garde. Though different there is a distinct melodic approach to all songs.

The lyrics could also give rise to thought. Several songs are not easily interpreted. Not least the allegorical opening song "The Crowning" - An exciting waltzy track, which is also one of the album's strongest tracks.

Compared to the first Camp album, I find this new album slightly stronger, though I really liked the first a lot. Compared to the Cardigans albums "Long Gone Before Daylight" is still my favourite.
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