Album Review: Those Dancing Days – In Our Space Heroes Suits

By on Thursday, 25th September 2008 at 5:50 pm

We’ve always had a bit of a soft patch for girl fronted pop here at There Goes The Fear (as you may have noticed from recent posts). So when Sweden’s answer to the Pipette’s comes marching forward in the shape of Those Dancing Days and offers us a sneak peak of their new album we just jumped at the chance.

From their previous EPs and singles we knew that they were pop perfection, with songs like “Hitten”, “Run, Run” and “Those Dancing Days” providing a 60’s throwback to polka dot dresses, innocence and a time before Gary Glitter got really creepy. Now take that pop aceness… and multiply it by about 11 (though there are 12 tracks, the first one is only 6 seconds, and so we’ll miss that one out). Yes, it’s really quite a good album.

The five girls delayed the album’s release to allow them to finish high school in Stockholm, but frankly you’d never be able to tell – the songs all sound a lot more mature, more like they’ve been sat around perfecting it whilst on the dole for the past five years.

From the fast paced driving drums of “Falling in Fall”, each track sounds like it’s been devised with a whole orchestra of instruments playing behind the five some – brass, organs, drums, synths all working as one, multilayered goodness. Lead singer Linnea Jönsson’s vocals give the songs a soul much beyond her years, whilst managing to get a touch of vulnerability in which is perfect for songs like “Actionman”.

In recent interviews the five girls have been keen to get rid of their “music about pretty boys” tag, and to be fair most of the songs aren’t about said boys. The duo of “Actionman” and “Shuffle” midway through the album is one example as why people thought this: yearning and loving: “still, I don’t lie when I say / I love you / but I’m a girl who needs some action / you are not my action man anymore.

“Hitten” is Swedish for “Hit”, a bit forward thinking of the girls you might think, but frankly they’re being modest: clearly a tune that is both radio friendly and keeps the indie crowd happy, it’s just part of their debut manifesto for better pop. It complements the rest of the tracks, and whilst some are more immediately memorable than others, the complete collection is an amazingly adhesive unit.

Rounding off the album with the end-of-the-night dance of “Space Heroes Suits”, a gorgeous synth laden romp that just shows what this quintet can do. It feels more exotic than something that comes out of Stockholm rightfully should. This is exactly what pop should be like – they take you somewhere else, and make you feel things that you don’t normally, leaving you feeling like you’ve been on a pop whirlwind.

MP3: Those Dancing Days cover Britney Spears’ Toxic

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