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In a Nutshell
     

In a Nutshell

by Pelle Carlberg
 
After a stretch of albums as the leader of second-string Swede popsters Edson, singer/songwriter Pelle Carlberg struck out for a solo career with 2005's Everything. Now!, which continued on the same low-key, moody path his former band had followed. However, something seems to have changed between that album and its follow-up, In a

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After a stretch of albums as the leader of second-string Swede popsters Edson, singer/songwriter Pelle Carlberg struck out for a solo career with 2005's Everything. Now!, which continued on the same low-key, moody path his former band had followed. However, something seems to have changed between that album and its follow-up, In a Nutshell: by some distance Carlberg's best album so far, In a Nutshell is an inventive, tuneful collection of pop songs in a variety of moods and styles, with a quirky sense of humor that occasionally recalls Carlberg's Swedish compatriot Jens Lekman. Carlberg's rueful lyrics -- song titles include the downright Morrissey-like "Clever Girls Like Clever Boys Much More Than Clever Boys Like Clever Girls" and "I Love You, You Imbecile" -- are, as on his earlier albums, matched to largely minor-key tunes. But In a Nutshell has more detailed and varied arrangements than was Carlberg's wont before, with the result that "Crying All the Way to the Pawnshop" and "Showercream and Onions" echo the perkier side of Belle & Sebastian, and "Why Do Today What You Can Put Off Until Tomorrow" is a reverb-heavy reverie for solo acoustic guitar and voice that's closer in sound and spirit to, say, Neutral Milk Hotel. The increased sense of humor and more varied lyrical tenor combines with the catchy tunes to make In a Nutshell an immediately likeable bit of semi-twee Swedish indie pop.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/15/2007
Label:
Labrador Sweden
UPC:
7332233001015
catalogNumber:
101
Rank:
252718

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Performance Credits

Pelle Carlberg   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Castanets,Glockenspiel,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Maracas,Tambourine,Ukulele,Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Hand Clapping,Shaker,fender rhodes,Finger Snapping,Wurlitzer,Guitar (Nylon String)
Henrik Hilsson   Banjo,Bass,Fiddle,Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Wurlitzer
Ida Maria   Vocals
Thomas Burhorn   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Pelle Carlberg   Composer,Producer,Engineer

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