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Masquerade
     

Masquerade

by Eric Saade
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/2011
Label:
Ais
UPC:
5700774400918
catalogNumber:
7440091

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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
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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