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Album Review

There's just something intrinsically pleasing about the pairing of synthesizers and acoustic guitars, but since folks started figuring this out en masse (somewhere around the time Beth Orton hit the scene), listeners have been in perpetual danger of too much of a good thing. Swedish duo the Moonbabies have managed to stay on the right side of familiar through varying their approach. As a result, their fourth full-length album ranges from the Air-like bliss-out "21st Century Heart" to a folky little guitar instrumental, "Ratatouille," that wouldn't sound out of place on a John Martyn album. In between those sonic extremes, Ola Frick and Carina Johansson deftly recalibrate the balances to create dreamy ballads like "The 9th" and more urgent turns like Johannson's snappy "Take Me to the Ballroom." They even take the time for a couple of charming stylistic pastiches: "Shout It Out" playfully lifts the main hook from "Then He Kissed Me" for its chiming intro riff, and the lengthy "Dancing in the Sky" closes the album with a shimmering languor akin to the High Llamas' Hawaii period. So there's little that's actually new on Moonbabies at the Ballroom, but the deft mixing of musical styles and influences can be appealing on its own merits.

Customer Reviews


Another suprise by the Moonbabies. I though their first cd was good but this one tops it. This is another completly unique sound on a completly unique cd.


Nothing makes a bad day into a good one like laying on your bed and putting "Take Me to the Ballroom" on repeat. I never get tired of it, and "War On Sound" and "Shout It Out" are tied for my second favorite song. This album is amazing, and I definitely recommend it to anyone and everyone.

Great Summer Music

Fun, sunshiney, indie pop/rock music. They incorporate elements of pop, rock, techno and even a bit of alt-country. Sometimes sounds like Stars, sometimes like The Beach Boys. Great discovery.


Formed: 1997 in Malmö, Sweden

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Taking cues from My Bloody Valentine and Miranda Sex Garden, Sweden's Moonbabies have gained wide acclaim at home and abroad for their sophisticated hypnotic pop. Comprised of multi-instrumentalists Ola Frick and Carina Johansson, Moonbabies maneuver through new territory in the pop landscape, beautifully mixing psychedelic textures, moody electronics, and expansive instrumentals. Honing their harmonies while busking on the streets of Copenhagen in 1996, the duo would soon begin writing songs and...
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