September - Dancing Shoes

2008-05-06 10:58
Somehow, the hyper-energetic dance-pop of singer September does little to add to this strong melodic tradition. Where fellow Swede popster Robyn succeeded in spinning a web of edgy hooks loaded with personality, September seems content to furrow the rapidly emptying vault of danceable yet emotionally vacuous dancefloor fillers. What she does have working in her favour is a strong vocal performance, echoing the attitude of Pink and Avril Lavigne via Donna Summer’s free loving.

Songs like “Cry For You” (with its nod to 80s classic “Smalltown Boy” by Bronski Beat) and the indie-guitar tinged “Freaking Out” momentarily lift this album out of the mire, but unless you’re on yet another Saturday night club crawl, Dancing Shoes will hardly entice you to strap on yours.

- Shaheema Barodien

Everybody knows that the coolest, catchiest - or at least most successful - pop music comes from the fjords of Sweden. Just take a cursory look at the catalogues of ABBA, The Cardigans, and the bank of faceless pop-writing machines who’ve churned out some of the Backstreet Boys, N*Sync and Britney Spears’ biggest hits for proof of this.

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