Queen of the Clouds [Blueprint Edition]

Queen of the Clouds [Blueprint Edition]

by Tove Lo
     
 

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Swedish singer/songwriter Tove Lo followed her hit single "Habits (Stay High)" -- a disarmingly vulnerable recounting of all the shocking things she does to numb a painful breakup -- with Queen of the Clouds, a debut album that falls somewhere between Icona Pop's sugar rush hedonism and Sia's moody confessions. A

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Swedish singer/songwriter Tove Lo followed her hit single "Habits (Stay High)" -- a disarmingly vulnerable recounting of all the shocking things she does to numb a painful breakup -- with Queen of the Clouds, a debut album that falls somewhere between Icona Pop's sugar rush hedonism and Sia's moody confessions. A good friend of Icona Pop's Caroline Hjelt (and co-writer of the group's "Ready for the Weekend"), like Sia, Tove originally thought she'd have a better chance at a pop career by penning songs for others than in the spotlight herself. However, her songwriting background ensures that Queen of the Clouds has plenty of hooks, as well as a high-concept approach: she organizes pop's eternal concerns of lust, love, and heartbreak into a set of songs that breaks the span of an entire relationship into thirds. While the spoken-word snippets that introduce each part of the album aren't strictly necessary, the format gives Queen of the Clouds more emotional resonance and balance as it spans seize-the-moment highs such as the fizzy, P!nk-esque "Timebomb," the openness of "The Way That I Am," and the loss of "Thousand Miles." Tove also proves her electro-pop has a similar range with songs that range from bouncy ("Not on Drugs") to sleek (the EDM moves of "Run on Love"). However, it's Tove's frankness that makes her truly distinctive. "Habits (Stay High)," with its tales of going to sex clubs and gorging on Twinkies, is still Queen of the Clouds' standout, although "Moments," where she admits "On the good days I am charming as f*ck," is a close second. By owning her mistakes, she turns them into strengths -- and delivers a winning first album in the process. [A Blueprint Edition added seven bonus tracks, including "Love Ballad," "Paradise," "Over," and "Crave]

Product Details

Release Date:
09/25/2015
Label:
Island
UPC:
0602547542212
catalogNumber:
002393602
Rank:
6603

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tove Lo   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Filip Runesson   Strings
David Nyström   Piano
Shellback   Keyboards
Daniel Ledinsky   Strings,Background Vocals
Alx Reuterskiöld   Guitar,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Jakob Jerlström   Guitar
Ludvig Söderberg   Guitar
Mike "Scribz" Riley   Keyboards
Struts   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Elliot Wilkins   Guitar

Technical Credits

David Bowie   Composer
Brian Eno   Composer
Andy Selby   Vocal Editing
Klas Åhlund   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Ryan Rabin   Composer
Nate Campany   Composer
Ali Payami   Composer,Programming,Producer,Remixing,Instrumentation
Shellback   Programming,Producer
Ryan McMahon   Composer
Jason Gill   Composer,Producer
Mattias Larsson   Composer
Robert Marvin   Engineer
Daniel Ledinsky   Composer,Additional Production
Alx Reuterskiöld   Composer,Producer
Alessandro Lindblad   Composer,Producer
Captain Cuts   Producer,Engineer
Kyle Shearer   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Robin Fredriksson   Composer
Alex Kronlund   Composer
Hippie Sabotage   Remixing,Additional Production
Johannes Helje   Cover Design
Daniel Åberg   Art Direction,Cover Design
Jakob Jerlström   Composer
Ludvig Söderberg   Composer
Tove Lo   Composer,Liner Notes,Cover Design
Mike "Scribz" Riley   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Struts   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Ben Berger   Composer
Elliot Wilkins   Composer
Lucas Nordqvist   Composer,Producer
Clara Tägtström   Cover Design
Mattman & Robin   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Kevin Saurer   Arranger
Jeffery Saurer   Arranger

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