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Album Review

Sweden is a garage rock hotbed, but that's not all they do with guitars. Eschewing the solo-acoustic template of 2003's debut Mutiny on Mercury, TSOS's Samuel Petersson tries on full band arrangements and improves five-fold. This is one of those sugary jangle-pop affairs one dug from Brit combos such as the Loft, June Brides, and Jasmine Minks. Only the basis is older: Listening to Floods, dim memories of Terry Jacks (of fleeting "Seasons in the Sun" and Poppy Family fame) are what "flood" your brain. And the guitars and vocals, well — have you heard the Cyrkle ("Red Rubber Ball," Turn Down Day") lately? Petersson may kiss the ring of jangle godfathers the Byrds with light Rickenbacker leads like "The Birds and Bats," but this is sunny-clean guitar pop, with cupid vocals that turn him on — it's good, too. Great Smiths-ian lyric: "But get inside her clothes?/Heaven knows."

Biography

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The State of Samuel began as a way for Samuel Petersson to vent his frustrations about the music scene in his hometown of Varberg, Sweden. In 1996, he began writing and recording songs on a four-track machine and soon after came up with his stage name. Some of these recordings would later show up on his debut album, A 141 Points Average, most of which was recorded in his parent's garage. After moving to Stockholm in 1999, Petersson released a second album, The State of Samuel at the Movies, and began...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music
  • Released: Sep 10, 2007

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