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Sunday, 13 January 2008

Swedish lyrics versus English lyrics?

An article from today's Arbetarbladet today, http://www.arbetarbladet.se/culture_article.php?id=592023&avdelning_1=0&avdelning_2=0# in which the writer Hans Carstensen suggests that Salem, and other Swedish lyricists like him who write in the English language, should switch to Swedish in order to truly lyrically express themselves. The writer stated that Salem deserved his Grammisgalan victory as he is an exceptional entertainer, songwriter, singer and musician with great stage presence, but was worried that he may suffer a similar fate to similarly talented 90s star Rebecka Törnqvist, who has continued to write lyrics in English and her career has suffered as a result.

I remember reading an interview with Salem once which said that he prefers to write in English to Swedish. It will be interesting to see what direction he goes in as he develops as a lyricist. I would like to hear him write and sing in Swedish too, maybe he could do a Swedish-language album someday as a one-off project once he is a confident enough lyricist? Why be talented in one language when you can be talented in two? (Just ask Annika Norlin!)

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