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Album Review

If you didn't know Blithewere from Sweden, you would never guess it. In fact, given that they're on Alias Records, you would probably guess they were from North Carolina. On their debut album Head is Mighty, the band plays fairly straight-ahead American indie-rock, fairly similar to North Carolina bands like Superchunk, Small 23, and Polvo. While on Head is Mighty you can see the roots of the songwriting talent that would blossom on Verse Chorus Verse, most of the songs are fairly pedestrian and unmemorable, and Emil Odling's lyrics don't reach the sophistication of Verse Chorus Verse. There are some fairly good tunes on this album, however, including the driving, melodic "Hellstreet" and "Megababe."

Biography

Formed: 1990 in Umeå, Sweden

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s

Singer/songwriter Emil Odling formed Blithe in 1990 in the small college town of Umea, Sweden, with guitarist Mattias Norlander, bassist Nils Forsberg, and drummer Johan Nilsson. While most Swedish alternative groups, such as The Cardigans and Komeda (which Norlander also plays for), are guided by a kitschy sixties sensibility, Blithe is more guided by independent guitar rock from America, such as The Pixies, Sebadoh, and Dinosaur Jr. Blithe slowly grew its reputation around Sweden, releasing albums...
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