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Do What You Wanna Do

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Combining the aesthetics of Kraftwerk with Motown girl groups from the 60’s and musical influences from Burt Bucharach to The Smiths, Acid House Kings have created a classic album of timeless pop perfection. True to their Swedish origin, the Kings cannot hide a certain debt to the stylish arrangements and crystal clear melodies of ABBA. The US version of this EP single contains the exclusive cover of the Loveninjas' "keep Your Love"
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 14, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: February 14, 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Twentyseven Records
  • ASIN: B000EGFUGY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,518,117 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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There's truth in advertising and then there's Acid House Kings. Those looking for acid house on this disc are sure to come away disappointed. Indie-pop fans, however, will find a wealth of sweet, summery goodness, akin to Scotland's Camera Obscura or fellow Swedes the Concretes. "Sing Along With" may be too cute for some, what with all the hand claps, finger snaps, and tambourine shakes, but Acid House Kings never succumb to self-parody. To paraphrase Johnny Rotten: "They mean it, man."
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Don't let the group's name fool you. This is breezy and beautiful pop music with intelligent lyrics and glorius melodies that you can truly sing along with. You'll have a hard time getting these songs out of your head. If you like this CD, you won't go wrong if you also buy any of their other CDs.
There is a special edition of "Sing Along with the Acid House Kings" that comes as a 2 disc set; one disc is the regular CD and the second disc is a DVD with videos of all the songs in both the sung versions and karaoke versions. Lyrics are present on the videos to help you sing along but it won't be long until you'll know the lyrics by heart. In addition, there are 3 bonus videos of songs from their other CDs.
The Acid House Kings are the #1 pop group in Sweden and for good reason. If only US pop could be this good.
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By T. Devine on November 18, 2012
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If you're a fan of Belle & Sebastian, Goldenboy, or the Go-Betweens you should enjoy this c.d. I've listened to this ten times now and keep discovering new things I enjoy about this. The vocal phrasing on "London School" is really good. The guitar riffs through-out this c.d. are just great and very catchy. Well done.
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Swedish indie pop group Acid House Kings, by the year 2002, already had two albums under their collective belt. But it wasn't until third album "Mondays Are Like Tuesdays and Tuesdays Are Like Wednesdays" that the band honed their distinctive twee style into a cohesive mixture of delirious hand claps, sunny guitar melodies, and late night fireside lyrics.

You probably wouldn't guess that from their moniker, which admittedly recalls some obscure stoned seventies garage rock group rather than a cheery European twee band.

Though founding member Niklas Andergard provides much of the vocals, some of the best tracks are helmed by relative newcomer Julia Lannerheim. Lannerheim's assuaging voice trickles along the melody of the song like creekwater, lending an already soothing track an airy springtime feel.

"Say Yes If You Love Me" is rife with lyrics that would typically induce eye-rolling in the hands of another artist, which makes covering the work of Acid House Kings a tricky business at best. Within their artful hands, however, the track instead induces a knowing smile. It's a song that should be pegged as a one-off soundtrack single for a children's film, but it is so blissfully pleasant adults will keep it for their own.

Sing Along with Acid House Kings displays an even more dramatic creative growth for the band. Nearly every track is a standout, and as a bonus the album comes packaged with one of the most uniquely tailored companion dvds in recent memory.

Continuing the "sing along" theme the title suggests, the dvd features the band performing mundane tasks such as reading the newspaper and making coffee while a karaoke-style lyric banner assists the viewer with the sing along. Also included are a couple of promotional music videos.
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Ah, Sweden - the gift that keeps giving. As if it wasn't enough to bestow the world with The Cardigans, flat-pack furniture, the adjustable wrench and the fabbest four of them all (do I really need to name them? Shame on you), the list of delights continues with the sweet musical charm that is Acid House Kings.

With their family-portrait-meets-knitting-pattern album sleeve and strangely inappropriate name (that conjures up images of a dance act) Acid House Kings are in fact melodic summery guitar-pop confection. Their music is nothing groundbreaking and frankly, you've heard it all before. There's nothing remotely challenging or fussy about their 12 songs in 36 mins pop style, but somewhere in their simplicity and familiarity lies the absolute genius of their music.

Sharing a musical kinship with indie labels such as Sarah and Parasol and pop acts such as Belle & Sebastian, Saint Etienne or Birdie, it comes as little surprise to find they feature members of the Euro pop groups Red Sleeping Beauty and Club 8. Sing Along With Acid House Kings is most successful when they showcase the honeyed vocals of Julia Lannerheim but the milquetoast vocals of Niklas Angergård also have an anaemic charm that grows on you. Stand out tracks are 7 Days which will surely tempt the use the CD track repeat button, My Heart Is a Stone with a swinging rhythm and unexpected stuttering pauses and Tomorrow is Forever - disco-lite featuring Niklas and Julia's call-and-response vocals and yet another knock-out chorus.

This is note-perfect indie-bubblegum that defies you not to love it by the third spin. Initial quantities of the album come with a bonus DVD of exclusive videos made by the band (mostly in their living rooms it seems, would you expect anything else?
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