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Great album

Been looking forward to this since November. Really impressed with Violent Sky. Lover and Got A Friend and Silver Shoes are fantastic. One of Lisa's best albums yet.

Evolving artist

This is a highly accomplished album by Lisa. FIrst off, it's remarkable that this is the same woman we met back in 2002 with her acoustic guitar and sweet voice but underdeveloped lyrics and weak melodies. 'Violent Sky' proves that there was always an interesting artists just waiting to break out. Her first release with Sony after leaving Universal has signalled a change in direction, if not radical, but unexpected. Whilst 'Changes' alluded to something more with songs such as 'Little Bird', 'Mary' and 'Sweet Misery', this album provides 10 tracks of pure Scandinavian pop brilliance, unsettling at times but always enjoyable.

'Violent Sky' manages to be dark and introspect ('A Little High', 'Silver Shoes') whilst also containing an element of hope and cheekiness ('Lover', 'Wise Guy 2010'). The most remarkable aspect of the album though are the lyrics and just how bare everything here is. 'A Little High' is a harkening tale of depression and loneliness but is wrapped in a sonically adventurous hook, providing a stellar album closer, whilst 'Call Me Anything But My Name' highlights self-doubt and self-awareness over a über-cool indie pop vibe. Other highlights here include 'Wise Guy 2010', a funky throwback to 80s pop-rock, 'Silver Shoes', a electro-ballad which manages to avoid all the cliches, and the album's opener 'This Fire' which lays out what's to come. Perhaps the only missteps here come with the album's two proceeding singles - 'Lover' is a uplifting hand-clap affair which could have done with some more of the energy given to the other tracks here, whilst 'Got A Friend' is possibly the most uninspiring track.

Despite these flaws, 'Violent Sky' positions Lisa as a Scandi indie blogger's dream, in the same vein as Lykke Li and Firefox AK, forgoing her past generic singer-songwriter fare. A lot of the credit must go to the producer who has clearly had an effect on the soundscape of this album, but Lisa deserves credit for the lyrical content. Her follow-up to this will be highly anticipated, although if her Melodifestivalen entry in 2012, 'Who Start's A Fire' is anything to go by, 'Violent Sky' seems to be a once in a full moon achievement, not just for Ms Miskovsky, but also for pop.

Biography

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

Born in Obbola in 1975, Lisa Miskovsky is undoubtedly one of the most successful Swedish singer/songwriters of the noughties. After writing songs for other artists including Backstreet Boys, Miskovsky branched out on her own, releasing her self-titled debut album in 2001, which later helped her to win two Swedish Rock Bear Awards (Best Newcomer, Best Female Artist). Two years later she accepted Best Female Artist at the Swedish Grammys for her second release, the Joakim Berg-produced Fallingwater,...
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Violent Sky, Lisa Miskovsky
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  • £7.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Rock
  • Released: 28 January 2011

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