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Album Review

Describing the Faintest Ideas as reminiscent of what might happen if Robert Smith fronted the Clean after they'd all pounded a few cups of espresso is reasonably accurate, but it also shortchanges the high-spirited fun and genuine charm of the group's debut album, 2007's What Goes Up Must Calm Down. While the Faintest Ideas have clear influences in smart, fast indie pop (with a dash of noise added for seasoning), the band's palpable enthusiasm rings clear on all 15 songs (which zip by in less than 29 minutes), and the jagged ring of Christoffer Lärkner and Daniel Svanhög's guitars mesh with an unexpected precision that indicates beneath their frantic exterior, these four young Swedes have no shortage of imagination as well as a clear sonic game plan. And when they sing things like "There's nothing wrong with wearing the same T-shirt day after day," "We are the sissies they call lame," or "Your poems are still quite bad, but not as bad as this," the Faintest Ideas celebrate their geekiness with such a glorious and unselfconscious joy that it's hard to imagine anyone not being won over by them — not since Jonathan Richman or the Feelies has anyone in rock & roll made their social ineptitude sound so palpable, and so curiously hip at the same time. It's hard to imagine what the approval of indie pop fanatics around the world might do to a band with an outlook like this, but What Goes Up Must Calm Down captures the Faintest Ideas in a state of gleeful innocence, and it's a truly splendid introduction.

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This is an extremely infectious band. You listen to them once and will be amazed. Listen to them twice and your can't help but to tap your finger. Then, anytime after the third you're begging for more! Probably the best thing coming out of Sweden right now!


Formed: 2003 in Gothenburg, Sweden

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

Indie pop/rockers the Faintest Ideas formed in 2003 as Javelins. Hailing from Gothenburg, Sweden, the group materialized around Martin Cannert, Christoffer Lärkner, and Daniel Svanhög, recording their first EP just two weeks after coming together and releasing it through their newly formed label, Yellow Mica Recordings (named after a line in the first song they wrote). The group wasn't cemented, though, until after their first gig, when Joel Görsch, who had previously been releasing solo work under...
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