The Wannadies [1997]

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All Music Guide - Jack Rabid
It's a mystery, a puzzle, and a curiosity how young Sweden suddenly became de rigueur with the cognoscenti. And though it's the overrated, if respectable, cold-fish Cardigans that used that whimsical focus to make inroads in the U.S., it was this sextet's imports that induced the public's fickle fascination, via their cheeky, cheery "You and Me Song." It's such an infectious and radio-friendly, killer pop tune that in 1995, everyone was singing and grinning along with vocalists Pär Wikstein and Christina Bergmark, to the "It's only you and me always" chorus -- even before the song ended up in a movie too dreck-ridden to merit further mention! That two-year-old hit is the ...
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All Music Guide - Jack Rabid
It's a mystery, a puzzle, and a curiosity how young Sweden suddenly became de rigueur with the cognoscenti. And though it's the overrated, if respectable, cold-fish Cardigans that used that whimsical focus to make inroads in the U.S., it was this sextet's imports that induced the public's fickle fascination, via their cheeky, cheery "You and Me Song." It's such an infectious and radio-friendly, killer pop tune that in 1995, everyone was singing and grinning along with vocalists Pär Wikstein and Christina Bergmark, to the "It's only you and me always" chorus -- even before the song ended up in a movie too dreck-ridden to merit further mention! That two-year-old hit is the calling card of this U.S. distillation of their two import LPs into one -- boo, hiss, and a butcher sleeve for RCA for that -- but there's more going on in the other 12 songs than mere smiley sugar pop. Instead of teasing with a bossa nova intro as on "You and Me," the best song, "Damn It I Said," oozes that Brazilian influence from the background throughout. Likewise, the Wannadies like to get jaunty, as on the brass and light guitar airy tones of "Oh Yes It's a Mess," and the thoughtful "Silent People." Even when ripping off Elastica ripping off Wire on "Friends," they somehow sound like their own uniquely Swedish take. It's too bad nothing else is as immediately pleasing. The group often fall maddeningly short of brilliance, despite their charm, which is troubling given that this LP cherry-picks from two. But with their consistent mix of tougher late-'70s power pop, post-punk, and new wave -- with pop-punk thickness in guitars à la the Rezillos, Hypnotized Undertones, the Last, and the Barracudas -- the Wannadies transcend the "gleeful pop-kids having a blast" morass enough to impress.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/1997
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 078636743349
  • Catalog Number: 67433

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Might Be Stars (3:19)
  2. 2 Because (2:17)
  3. 3 Friends (2:53)
  4. 4 You and Me Song (2:50)
  5. 5 Someone Somewhere (4:49)
  6. 6 Damn It I Said (3:15)
  7. 7 How Does It Feel (4:22)
  8. 8 Oh Yes (It's a Mess) (4:21)
  9. 9 Shorty (3:30)
  10. 10 Silent People (3:12)
  11. 11 What You Want (2:44)
  12. 12 Hit (2:22)
  13. 13 That's All (8:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Wannadies Primary Artist
J. Cremonese Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Hand Clapping, Cabasa, Mouth Trumpet
Bertil Strandberg Horn
Sven Berggren Horn
Christina Bergmark Keyboards, Vocals
Nille Perned Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Hand Clapping, Cabasa, Sounds, Mouth Trumpet
Pär Wiksten Guitar, Vocals
Tonstudio Bauer Strings
Per Sunding Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Hand Clapping, Cabasa, Mouth Trumpet
Lars Berg Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Hand Clapping, Cabasa, Mouth Trumpet
Astrid Lindell Strings
Peter Asplund Horn
Ulf Forsberg Strings
Technical Credits
Joakim Milder Arranger
Peter Dahl Mastering
Nille Perned Programming, Producer, Engineer
Per Sunding Producer
Kjell Nästen Engineer
Tim Young Mastering
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