Tuesday, 17 March 2009

More reviews of "Astronaut" in the Swedish press

Firstly, Carl Cato in Vestmanlands Läns Tidning (link to review here) gives "Astronaut" 3 out of 5. The reviewer admits that he'd never been a fan but acknowledges Salem's talent to write a great pop song, and describes "Roxy" by saying it "could have been written by a 70s-Fleetwood Mac on top form. Salem Al Fakir selects from musical history, creating his own style and wraps it all in an impeccable contemporary sound....written by a master".

Sonic Magazine's Jenny Sörby says that "Astronaut" references "three decades of melodious rock and pop" with influences from Led Zeppelin to Toto to Elton John and Gyllene Tider. The reviewer also suggests that international success would be "perfectly logical" as an international audience could relate to "thirty years of common popular cultural references". She gives the album 5 out of 5 - find this very positive review here.

Mikael Ankarvik in Norra Skåne awards the album 4 out of 5 and highlights "rare broad musicality...embraces many musical genres with influences from the 70s and 80's..." . This reviewer also suggests some comparisons: Gilbert O'Sullivan, Abba, Supertramp, Prefab Sprout and Air. The reviewer concludes that "everything boils down to, however, Salem Al Fakir, a distinct voice". Find the review here.

Some great reviews for the album so far! I'll post links to more reviews when they become available. In the meantime here's a new picture of Salem....(photo courtesy of Scanpix)

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