Masquerade

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Twelve months after leaving *NSync-esque boy band What's Up, Disney Channel pin-up Eric Saade returns to the hugely populated Swedish dance-pop scene with a solo record which will determine whether he's the band's Justin Timberlake or the band's Chris Kirkpatrick. Written and produced by the likes of Fredrik Kempe (BwO), Peter Bostrom (Alcazar), and Gustav Efraimsson (September), Masquerade certainly comes with a pretty stellar pop pedigree, but it's this impressive behind-the-scenes team which proves to be both the album's strength and its downfall. The Adam Lambert-esque electro-glam of "Radioactive," the pulsating disco-pop of "It's Gonna Rain," which borrows the ...
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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Twelve months after leaving *NSync-esque boy band What's Up, Disney Channel pin-up Eric Saade returns to the hugely populated Swedish dance-pop scene with a solo record which will determine whether he's the band's Justin Timberlake or the band's Chris Kirkpatrick. Written and produced by the likes of Fredrik Kempe (BwO), Peter Bostrom (Alcazar), and Gustav Efraimsson (September), Masquerade certainly comes with a pretty stellar pop pedigree, but it's this impressive behind-the-scenes team which proves to be both the album's strength and its downfall. The Adam Lambert-esque electro-glam of "Radioactive," the pulsating disco-pop of "It's Gonna Rain," which borrows the bubbling synths from Madonna's "Hung Up," and "Break of Dawn," which ventures into Ryan Tedder-penned epic power ballad territory, are undeniably all hook-laden and chart-bound slices of contemporary schlager-pop. But apart from his brilliantly overblown Melodifestivalen entry -- "Manboy," which combines a spooky Theremin intro, "Womanizer"-inspired verses, and the kind of ridiculously infectious novelty chorus that makes the Cheeky Girls sound like Nick Cave -- its 12 tracks are so utterly generic that they could have been recorded by Darin, Ola Svensson, or any other Swedish male pop star created by a TV talent show over the last decade. Saade himself possesses the kind of pleasant but ultimately bland vocals that you would expect from a squeaky-clean boy band member going solo; they provide the perfect blank canvas for the bombastic synth-heavy pop of "Upgrade" and the unusually titled "Why Do We Need Fashion?," but appear overwrought and faux-emotive on piano-led closer "It's Like That with You" and the early noughties-influenced, midtempo "Say It." Masquerade is a perfectly serviceable Swedish pop record which will undoubtedly appeal to fans of Eurovision without alienating Saade's teeny bopper audience, but apart from the odd flash of unashamed cheesy-pop nonsense, it's all been done before.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/2011
  • Label: Ais
  • EAN: 5700774400918
  • Catalog Number: 7440091
  • Sales rank: 141,213

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Masquerade (3:43)
  2. 2 Upgrade (3:08)
  3. 3 Break of Dawn (3:31)
  4. 4 It's Gonna Rain (3:55)
  5. 5 Manboy (3:00)
  6. 6 Say It (3:34)
  7. 7 Sleepless (3:24)
  8. 8 I'll Be Alright (3:17)
  9. 9 Radioactive (3:57)
  10. 10 Why Do We Need Fashion!? (3:18)
  11. 11 It's Like That With You (4:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eric Saade Primary Artist
Esbjörn Öhrwall Guitar
Harry "Slick" Sommerdahl Bass, Background Vocals
Anna Sahlin Background Vocals
Martin Stensson Violin
Jeanette Olsson Background Vocals
Figge Boström Background Vocals
Emil Heiling Background Vocals
Göran Frost Viola
Pontus Söderqvist Guitar
Erik Arvinder Violin
Fredrik Syberg Violin
Dimitri Stassos Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
David Gammelgård Cello
Anna Larsson Violin
Patrik Swedrup Violin
Jason Gill Vocals, Background Vocals
Pelle Hansen Cello
Kristina Ebbersten Violin
Eriikka Nylund Viola
Simona Bonfiglioli Violin
Micke Svahn Piano
Paul Waltman Violin
Riikka Repo Viola
Tomas Lundström Cello
Sigrid Granit Double Bass
Mikaela Stenström Vocals, Background Vocals
Karin Eriksson Violin
Jeanette Eidenberg Background Vocals
Helena Tellberg Background Vocals
Erik Liljenberg Violin
Daniela Bonfiglioli Violin
Carin Wallgren Viola
Technical Credits
Stephanie Bentley Composer
Björn Engelmann Mastering
Harry "Slick" Sommerdahl Programming, Producer, Engineer
Peter Bostrom Composer, Producer
Alexander Kronlund Composer
Fredrik Kempe Composer
Sarah Lundback Composer
Erik Arvinder String Arrangements
Dimitri Stassos Composer, Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements, Instrumentation
Charlie Mason Composer
Jason Gill Composer, Producer, String Arrangements, Instrumentation
Alexander Jonsson Composer
Gustav Efraimsson Composer
Eric Saade Composer
Tony Malm Composer
Niklas Lundin Composer
Mikaela Stenström Composer
Hayden Bell Composer
Björn Djupström Composer
Anton Malmberg Hård Af Segerstad Composer, Programming, String Arrangements
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