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Wishbone

Oh Land

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Album Review

Upon first listen, Wishbone, the third outing from Danish pop provocateur Nanna Øland Fabricius, better known as Oh Land, sounds like a singer/songwriter trapped inside a fully functioning pinball machine, all whirring, well-oiled gears, flashing bulbs, and carefully timed levers snapping into place, but multiple spins reveal a far more enigmatic voice. Oh Land's schizophrenic blend of girly club beats, icy electro-pop, and wistful balladry falls somewhere between Grimes, Lykke Li, Goldfrapp, and Robyn, and while it doesn't always work, it never stops working hard to get there. Released via Federal Prism, a boutique label run by Dave Sitek (TV on the Radio), Wishbone is at its best when it finds the middle ground between quirky and quixotic, as is the case on the resplendent opener "Bird in an Aeroplane" (and to a lesser extent its churning, less succinct midtempo sibling "Sleepy Town"), the coy, campy, and ultimately infectious single "Renaissance Girls," and the torchy "3 Chances," all of which frame Fabricius' enigmatic lyrics with exotic yet oddly familiar pop architecture in the vein of French/Finnish duo the Dø. For the most part, it's an imperfect yet perfectly acceptable collection of electrified modern pop curios that benefit from their ballet dancer turned green-haired pop princess creator's considerable panache. Less immediate however, is the Santigold-lite, forced dancefloor rave-up "My Boxer" and the wan, Killers-lite, radio-ready "Cherry on Top," though neither song is a deal breaker, especially when they're tempered by better versions of themselves like the Studio 54-kissed "Pyromaniac" and the stark and surprisingly quaint "Love You Better."

Customer Reviews

It's nearly out

I've been a fan since 2011 and I'm exited for Oh Lands new album, I already listened to the preview online and it sounds good. Im not a big fan of Pop but i like oh land's music, personally from what I've heard I prefer her self titled album, and I'm not a big fan of Cherry on top, but I like Bird in an Aeroplane and Rennaisance Girls a lot. I love the song first to say goodnight the lyrics are awesome. Good Job

Pretty Pretty

Regardless of your taste in music, Oh Land is like a landscape painting - you can never go wrong having it around, and if you stop and pay attention you'll be stuck for hours. I love the upbeat sound she perfected on her last album coming back in songs like "Renaissance Girls" and "Love a Man Dead", but it wasn't until this album that I truly realized how fragile and beautiful she can be as well. "3 Chances" and "Love You Better" are sure to melt your heart. The rest of the album rounds out well and keeps that je ne sais quoi Oh Land sound intact.

Musical Bliss

This Album really does have something for everyone. It's catchy, meaningful, and an all around great buy. She's one of the few artist out there who really care for their work and cherish everything they make. Wish Bone is a must buy, I recommend it to anyone.

Biography

Formed: November 20, 1985 in Copenhagen, Denmark

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Before an injury put an end to her dancing career, Nanna Øland Fabricius studied with the Royal Swedish Ballet as a teenager. Permanently sidelined by a fractured disk in her spine, she turned her focus to music instead. Fabricius had been raised in the outskirts of Copenhagen, Denmark, by a particularly musical set of parents — her mother sang opera, while her father composed classical music — but she took a different approach to her own songwriting, which drew heavily from dance-pop,...
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