A Swedish Love Story

  • Record Label: Domino
  • Release Date: Sep 28, 2010

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
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  1. Dec 23, 2010
    It's decidedly a Pallett album, just breezier. I like it.
  2. It remains to be seen whether A Swedish Love Story marks the beginning of a new era in Owen Pallett's career. What it is for certain, however, is a small glimpse of the extraordinary range of songs he is capable of writing.
  3. A Swedish Love Story's brevity is basically a kind of pop tease, but the upbeat (or "posi," as he put it in a press release) vibes make for a stirring and enjoyable listen.
  4. A Swedish Love Story is a fine example of what a gifted auteur can do in as little as a week's time, which was how long it took to record this extended play, and showcases that Owen Pallett hasn't lost his touch or his muse.
  5. Even with the apparent shifts and changes, all four of Swedish's songs would have fit snugly on Heartland. But Pallett is hardly running in place, either. In fact, he's created such a comparison-resistant framework for his unique sensibilities that no matter where he takes his sound, he'll sound like no one other than himself.
  6. A Swedish Love Story is, from one end to the other, a completely enjoyable slice of violin-driven pop perfection. But its brevity means that the listener is slapped in the face with reality all too quickly, like being awoken from a dream just as you were getting to the really good part.
  7. This EP is thus a fine, if also slight, document that showcases the duo's serious potential-and hints, perhaps, at how it could be used to produce a more ambitious set of songs as he approaches his next album--more than it fulfills the promises of Pallett the almost solo performer/arranger.
  8. Under The Radar
    Oct 26, 2010
    Owen Pallet's new EP marks another few accomplished steps forward from his recent album, Heartland. [Fall 200, p.71]

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