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While other Swedish bands of the mid-to-late '90s sing light, '60s-influenced pop, Blithe is clearly influenced by bands from the American independent guitar rock scene like the Pixies, Superchunk, and Sebadoh. In fact, on Verse Chorus Verse, Blithe come off as what the Pixies might have sounded like if Lou Barlow had become the lead singer after Black Francis left the band. Verse Chorus Verse balances bass-driven, melodic alternative rock songs ("I Guess Yes," "Allegiance"), punk rave-ups ("Hardliner," "Hell of Man"), and introspective, semi-acoustic ballads ("Spring Clean," the beautifully touching "Losefer"). Emil Odling's songwriting on this album has blossomed, as the songs are catchy and creative, and the lyrics evoke complex feelings with a few short lines. Verse Chorus Verse is an unexpected treasure with nary a weak song to be found.


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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