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Sometimes it takes an infectious pop group from Sweden to alert U.S. listeners that there’s still plenty of mileage left in ‘80s-style synth-pop and guitar-pulsing new wave. And it takes a charismatic singer like Maja Ivarsson to make it fun. Ivarsson sings like a leader with no agenda other than to get people up and dancing. While the album opener, “Shake Shake Shake,” might be a literal expression of that ambition, songs like the guitar-leading “Take It the Wrong Way” and the synth dreampop of “Hurt the Ones I Love” continue the streak with melodies that flow down the ear canal. When it’s time to come across as vulnerable, she and her band bring us the reflective pillow-sobbing “Weekend,” where the synths are the only ones getting away with too much fun. Lest someone think The Sounds could actually be laid low, they return with “Great Day”: another ingenious guitar-synth blend that imagines what Blondie might have been if they'd had another decade left in them.

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So excited for the new album. So far the three song released have been very promising. Its nice to hear such a great band still in action. Looking forward on seeing them this month! - WEEKEND 5 stars!!

Proof is in da pudding.

Don't smoke. This is why. I miss the voice from Crossing the Rubicon.

Here we go!

I've been waiting for this album since Something To Die For! So excited for this awesome bands next album.


Formed: 1999 in Helsingborg, Sweden

Genre: Alternative

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

The Sounds -- a Swedish group whose poppy, synthesizer-heavy music is unapologetically indebted to Blondie and Missing Persons -- feature the coed talents of vocalist Maja Ivarsson, keyboardist Jesper Anderberg, bassist Johan Bengtsson, drummer Fredrik Nilsson, and guitarist Felix Rodriguez. The new wave throwbacks first banded together in 1999 in Stockholm, where they recorded much of the debut album Living in America. The record charted at number four the week after its Swedish release in 2002,...
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