Sunday, 22 March 2009

"Astronaut" reviews round-up, part 2

Here are some more short translations of/links to various Swedish press reviews of the album which have generally been very positive.

Västerbottens Folkblad’s Niclas Holmlund describes "Astronaut" as "a musical journey: an exciting, varied and interesting one and Al Fakir is an extremely resourceful and knowledgeable astronaut in his own orbit" I would recommend that you read/translate this review as Mr Holmlund seems to perfectly describe the album, which he gives 4 out of 5.

Review at

Anders Dahlbom in Expressen calls it "a melodic space trip back to the 70s... Salem has not lost the ability to write songs that sounds annoying little melodic old hits...contagious choruses and shamelessly wonderful commercial production, so it smells like success again". (So why did you only give it 3 out of 5?) Review at

Aftonbladet’s Jenny Seth gives it 4 out of 5. She stated that there is a major difference in the music from the last album, listing influences such as Elton John, Paul Simon and the Zombies (I know what she means about "Bluest Eyes") and she feels that this album is "tighter and better than it’s predecessor...although some may miss the effervescent joy from the first album, the new music is just like Salem’s new hairdo - simply attractive". Review at

NWT’s Lina Hard also awards 4 out of 5 but isn’t too happy with the "... less than cheerful manner. It is innovative and with a different gravity, but we should not lose the joy". She highlights however that "...Salem has developed and dares to try new paths in music. The songs feel like the haircut he wants, not the one everyone else wants him to have...Salem IS a musical genius". Who could disagree? Review at

Ludvig Blix in Gefle Dagblad is another reviewer with a 4 out of 5 rating: "predictable retro-pop, neatly arranged and melodically brilliant...Salem walks completely unhindered through 1960s, 70s and 80s music." The reviewer also notes "this disc has the potential to hit internationally, every song has both hitpotential and depth", his only criticism is that "he is not the least original...he is a genius, but without his own expression". (Planet Salem will disagree....Salem is a true original in every way!!) Review at

Arbetarbladet’s Christine Oden awards 3 out of 5 and says "It is a mature Salem who reveals himself in the sequel to "This is who I am"... several songs lean strongly to something that closely resembles stadium rock...but still fine melodies and beautiful arrangements". Review at

I think most of the reviews have now been published: however I will keep looking out for new interviews and magazine articles and as usual, if any of you hear anything...please let me know!!

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