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Album Review

Hans-Peter Lindstrøm and Christabelle have been familiar with one another since 2001, when the latter casually recorded vocals over some of the former’s tracks. This led to full-fledged collaborations, and a handful of modern electro-disco singles issued across the following several years. First, there was the dreamy, slightly narcotized “Music (In My Mind),” released in 2003. In 2007, there was the flirty and Moroder-propulsive “Let’s Practise,” as well as a cover of Vangelis' “Let It Happen,” which converted the original’s phantasmic space-folk into something far more inviting, sheathed in bright, Modernist-like cyclic prickles. Then, toward the end of 2009, the duo released “Baby Can’t Stop,” a gorgeous, breezy fusion of candy-coated synth-funk rhythms, sophisti-pop horns, fidgety guitar wriggles cribbed from Off the Wall, and Christabelle’s most confident, extroverted vocal to that point. (She's more likely to resemble the half-awake kid sister of Kim Carnes.) All of these songs (most of them in slightly edited form) are featured on Real Life Is No Cool, an album full of productions that are succinct — by Lindstrøm’s normally widescreen standard, at least — yet stuffed with sumptuous sonic twists, many of which masterfully recombine familiar elements of dance-pop from the late ‘70s through the early ‘90s. Just about all of the new tracks would make fine A-sides, though they all fall into place as part of a flowing album, from a charmingly tentative, momentum-gathering opener (“Looking for What”), to a chiming kind of ambient holding pattern that acts as a bridge between “Let It Happen” and “Music in My Mind” (“Keep It Up”), to a sighing romantic closer seemingly made for the Nordic equivalent of a blue-light basement party (“High and Low”). “So Much Fun” is the absolute best of the new tracks, a rapid rush of ecstatic piano house.

Customer Reviews

Classic Electronic Disco

This is a brilliant album, effortlessly Instacool, an essential purchase for late night disco cats.

Love the nod to Miami soundmachine in Baby cant Stop. The Moroder and Donns Summer in Lets Practise and beautiful hooks in High & Low. Its soft disco in the way of Metro Area & down tempo Cagedbaby or Royksopp, the drums take a bounce beat, lazy snares, disco claps.

GO! see Lindstrom live even if its just to see the headband.

A Meeting of Moroder & Quincy Jones

This album already had a high quota of quality tracks before I heard the rest. 'Let It Happen', 'Music In My Mind', 'Lets Practise' and 'Baby Can't Stop' all being great but released in advance of the long player. However this album has very little filler. In fact it would have had no filler if it wasn't for 'Never Say Never', Pointless noodling backwards effects and not a lot else. If it wasn't for this track I would have given this album 5 stars. Yet everything else here is of the very high quality that we have come to expect from Lindstrom. 'Lovesick' & 'High & Low' real first listen high points. The vocals add something great and make this one of Lindstrom's more commercial recordings. I love his stuff and I love this. Discotastic!

Timeless Party Tape

We'll be listening to this in 20 years time. It's that good. Attitude, balance, poise and great reference points. Pastiche when it's this good is an art form. 'Baby Can't Stop' is Michael Jackson. 'High and Low' and 'Music in My Mind' like something Imagination might do, I could go on and you'll know who I mean. Nights out don't come better than this. I'm sure they love Prince too. And Talking Heads, Fat Larry's Band, The SOS band, Silver Convention.


Born: 16 February 1973 in Stavanger, Norway

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Starting out as a relatively unknown figure in the Norwegian dance underground, Hans-Peter Lindstrøm experienced one of the most spectacular success stories of any Norwegian producer or artist. Starting his own label, Feedelity, in 2002, Lindstrøm released a series of highly acclaimed EPs and 12" singles over the next few years, becoming an increasingly well-respected producer and remixer on the international club scene, both on his own and together with his longtime collaborator Prins Thomas. He...
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