The Sounds embrace the decades-old bands that have inspired them to an unhealthy, cover band-like extent -- they pose for photographs as if they're Blondie, and they both look and play the part, with black T-shirts, faded jeans, and snappy three-minute songs with trebly keyboard vamps and tightly wound guitar riffs. But the thing you cannot take away from the members of this Swedish group is that they know how to write and play songs that fit into their favorite era without the sense that specific songs are being cloned. More than that, the group has a bright, singular personality in powerful lead singer Maja Ivarsson, who has a multi-dimensional voice of her own -- her Debbie Harry isn't nearly as obvious as the guy from the Hives' Mick Jagger, for instance. If you value fun over originality -- and you should, especially when it comes to guitar bands at this point -- the Sounds' debut will serve its purpose. It's over with in 40 minutes, and it plays out like a collection of A-sides. If a legion of bands can get away with relying on Nuggets fetishes, why can't a handful get away with taking several cues from Missing Persons, the Cars, and Blondie?
Performance CreditsSounds Primary Artist
James Iha Saxophone
Felix Rodriguez Guitar
Johan Bengtsson Bass
Maja Ivarsson Vocals
Jesper Anderberg Synthesizer
Fredrik Nilsson Drums
Technical CreditsShooting Star Producer,Engineer
Hakan Wollgard Engineer
Jan Kask Arranger
Johan Bengtsson Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I personally think The Sounds are one of the best bands i have heard in a wile. I think they are awesome.
OK, so don't listen to the other reviewer who seems to think that if there are bands that play similar music to his pet bands that they're bad, evil, immitator's, posers, or some such nasty thing. That guy's nuts. This is the best album I've purchased in at least 5 years. (I'm a big Floyd, Bob Dylan, grungy-new wavy sorta fan if this makes any difference). Just a really fun album that is purely upbeat and makes no pretensions of satisfying any other desire than a lust for good-ole' rock n' roll. I think this album takes the essence of what was good in the eighties and repackages it in a cool cover reminiscent of The Doors first album. If you buy any CD this year, get this one. (Plus, the Foo Fighters like this band and they've got good taste:)
How many times do we have to have a "new" punk revival? Yes, one more time it looks like, until 3 years from now when the next punk revival will start. Pull out your old Ramones and Blondie albums and save yourself a bit of money.
The Sounds really do have a great album under their belt! For those of you who like Blondie...this ones for you!