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Album Review

Continuing Friendly Fire Records' somewhat belated catch-up on the prodigious output of Swedish indie poppers David & the Citizens, Until the Sadness Is Gone is a big step up from the somewhat spotty self-titled EP. (Two songs from that EP, "Graycoated Morning" and the winsome, jangly "Let's Not Fall Apart," are repeated here to no ill effect.) The band's obvious points of comparison are still valid, particularly late-era Elephant 6 bands like Of Montreal or Elf Power. Briskly strummed acoustic guitars, rat-a-tat drumming, and a smartly deployed horn section are the key elements in the arrangements, giving the album the crispness and urgency familiar to fans of older Swedish indie acts like the Wannadies and Eggstone, but Until the Sadness Is Gone lacks the airy, occasionally twee quality endemic to some of those bands. (Exhibit A: the Cardigans.) With his somewhat overstuffed, wordy lyrics and knack for smartly deployed bridges and key shifts, leader David Fridlund often recalls both the New Pornographers' Carl Newman and the Decemberists' Colin Meloy, but he's a less distinctive singer and lyricist than either. That said, breathless little indie pop rushes like the rhythmically inventive title track, with its maddeningly catchy bassline hook, and the Ted Leo-like ska-pop bounce and sarcastic lyrics of "Long Day" are hugely satisfying on their own merits.

Customer Reviews

Pretty cool album, overall.

Wow. Nobody has heard of these guys. Sure, they are from Sweden, and most regular-music listeners in America don't listen to euro-stuff. David & The Citizens is a quite talented band. One of the songs that I recommend, that isn't on this album, is "Now She Sleeps In A Box In The Good Soil Of Denmark." That was the first song I heard by these guys, and I was very impressed. Good stuff, they've got. Graycoated Mornings has a ska-esque element to it, pretty cool. OVERALL-Pretty cool.

very good album

I have had this album since it was released in Sweden in 2003 and it's still a great album now. However, I feel a bit compelled to head to the store and re-purchase it for the bonus tracks I've heard and also for the new artwork. I would love to see this band come to the States and tour. Their new album "Stop The Tape! Stop The Tape!" is also very good.

What a great album!

Wow, this is a great album. I love Greycoated Morning and New Direction. I heard about them on Indiefeed, so I looked into them and I like a ton of their songs. I really reccomend buying it, the lead singer is very good.


Formed: 1999 in Malmö, Sweden

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Swedish indie pop band David & the Citizens was begun by vocalist/guitarist David Fridlund in 1999, who by 2000 recruited Conny Fridh (bass), Alexander Madsen (guitar), Mikael Carlsson (drums), and Magnus Bjerkert (trumpet). The band issued a handful of LPs and EPs (mostly on Swedish label Adrian) and found success in their home country (they received a nomination for a Swedish Grammy in 2004), though had not released anything in North America aside from Fridlund's solo album Amaterasu via Hidden...
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