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Datarock Datarock

Rating: 9/10 ?

June 7, 2007
Every few years something awesome comes out of Norway. I'm Swedish, so I'm actually not allowed to say what I just said (it might get me killed), but I am throwing caution to the wind and will say it again. Every few years something awesome comes out of Norway. A-ha, Röyksopp and Frost are all excellent Norwegian acts, not to mention Turbonegro and all the metal that's being produced in the land of fjells and fjords. The latest star to shine bright on the Norwegian pop heaven is Datarock, two tracksuit-clad gentlemen that really know how to funk things up.

Datarock Datarock is the name of their latest release, and it's a veritable electro-pop-funk-punk bomb that detonates with even the slightest bit of pressure on the PLAY button. One of the neat things about the album is that a lot of the songs differ quite a lot from each other. The opening, rock riff based "Bulldozer" is miles from the second, more electro-funky track "I Used To Dance With My Daddy," which in turn is at the other end of the spectrum from the loungy, relaxed and almost airy "Ganguro Girl." What ties the album together is singer Frederik Saroeas' vocals; he's got a nice voice, and on only one track, "Computer Camp Love," do Datarock really falter.

Although thoroughly solid throughout, Datarock Datarock has two distinctly standout tracks, "Princess" and "Ugly Primadonna." The first of the two has such a perfect drive to it, it's uplifting, and Frederik's voice is raw and beautiful. It's a perfect pop-song, in the same vein as Blur's "Song 2," only a whole lot better. The latter, "Ugly Primadonna," is another story altogether, a track with a sad feel to it, something that's intensified by the strings on which the song rests. The track is also much more electronic than "Princess," which serves to highlight the diversity of the songs on the album.

So, against my nationalistic instincts, I have to say that with Datarock Datarock the Norwegians have done it again. Norway have their oil, no national debt, and their home-knit sweaters. Sweden is the third largest music producing country, after the US and UK, at least we have that. However, with bands like Datarock, Norway will soon steal that from us as well. Oh, the horror! The horror!

Reviewed by Daniel Svanberg
A contributing writer for LAS, Daniel Svanberg now lives in Boston, far far away from Sweden, where he once lived, although the weather is the same.

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