LINNEA HENRIKSSON DU SÖKER BRÅK JAG KRÄVER DANS (Sony, album) @@
I’ve had my high hopes for Miss Linnea Henriksson ever since she crushed all her competitors in Swedish Idol a few years back and ended up at fourth place, and I still do. But she doesn’t make it easy for me. It’s as if she holds back on her undoubtable talents in favor of something coming, something grand and out of this world, because this simply doesn’t cut it. On this sophomore album, Du Söker Bråk, Jag Kräver Dans (You’re Looking For Trouble, I Require Dance), she has taken a slightly different, more dance oriented approach than on her debut, with her jazzy, sensual vocals as seamless as you’d ever wish for and the combination is definitely in her favor. It all started so promising when the first single, the rather brilliant title track was released late last year and it spiked up my expectations in a grand way, but the album in most parts ends up striving towards songs of the bland, mainstream variety. Not saying that the title track, which clearly stands out, isn’t mainstream, it’s just that the rest of the songs doesn’t even come close. When aiming for mainstream radio, the compositions has to stand out and besides the title track, only Ensamheten (The loneliness) and Mina händer (My hands) has the ability to raise over the standard formula.
But I am not giving up on Linnea Henriksson. I konw it’s coming.