BY TIM HINELY
Man, I thought after this guy’s near-perfect debut, Rule of Thirds
(2011) that Swede Tobias Isaksson (who had previously been in another
of my favorite Swedish bands, Laurel Music) was just going to retire.
I mean, come on, when you make a record that good why not just quit.
But he didn’t, he came back here with a sophomore effort that is
nearly as good and in some ways even better (though nothing on here
tops the debuts “Catcher in the Rye” or “Dreamy Eyes”).
Not much has really changed, he is still cranking out synth pop a la
New Order and bathing the in his smooth, suave vocals with incredible
melodies. Opening cut “Time Is on Our Side” starts things off with
some perfect cotton candy which leads right into “The Road I know”
(featuring vocals from Julia Vero) and right into the even dreamier
“Willows and Pines.” Elsewhere, “Do Not Go Gentle” brings it down a
notch in its minimal effort while he tackles Sade’s “By Your Side” to
dream pop effect.
Is it lightweight? Sure it is (I don’t hear any guitars) but again, with songs this good who cares. Hell, listen to it in the comfort of your own home so none of your punk rock friends will make fun of you, but just listen to it.
DOWNLOAD: “Time is on Our Side,” “The Road I Know,” “”Sunset,”
“Willows and Pines”