Colonia

  • Record Label: Nettwerk
  • Release Date: Apr 28, 2009
Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. A proper, fully formed record rather than a side-project doodle, Colonia is where artistic integrity meets pop conviction in a curious, deranged yet compelling sing-along.
  2. Colonia has an awful lot of ideas, but doesn’t really know what to do with them and the majority of tracks end up sounding messy and--like the rest of us following Christmas--carrying a little too much extra weight.
  3. Colonia is mostly careful to use its expanded palette of sounds for subtle shading rather than gratuitous effect.
  4. If she has more misanthropic stuff like this up her A Camp sleeve? Hey-forget the Cardigans, and bring it on.
  5. Listening to the album as a whole, it's satisfyingly compact, a neatly produced record with stand-out tracks and growers.
  6. Persson sounds cute and tender, even while comparing love to a shotgun, shining some midnight sun on these dark, alluring songs.
  7. 70
    Beguiling, gorgeous stuff--and smartly funny, too.
  8. Colonia is what pop music might have sounded like in the era of gaslights and guillotines.
  9. On her second album under the name A Camp, Persson drapes herself in breezy '60s-pop arrangements, lamb's-wool duds that dress some deadly ideas.
  10. That darker side of Persson gives Colonia many of its most beautiful moments and includes some of her best vocal work to date.
  11. Colonia is an adequate collection of craftman-like retro pop. [Spring 2009, p.64]
  12. 80
    It's rich, beguiling stuff. [Mar 2009, p.78]
  13. 60
    Colonia has nothing like its predecessor's consistency of tone, but Persson strikes gold with two siren calls worthy of the last, desperate, doom-laden Abba albums. [Mar 2009, p.109]
  14. Colonia may share with the Cardigans' late records that polished yet entirely too comfortable sound that reveals few insights, but it deftly presents Persson's uncomfortable vision of a world with little left to hold onto.
  15. Despite its pristine arrangements, Colonia turns into sonic NyQuil about halfway through, and ends up a low-day--albeit impeccable-sounding-listen. [Jun 2009, p.102]
  16. 50
    As a whole, Colonia takes on a very operatic, larger than life, almost ABBA-esque quality, which grows a bit tired as the album winds down.
  17. THe lush '60s pop arrangements are scuppered by overly introspective lyrics. [Mar 2009, p.93]
  18. 80
    This is a fine pop album; it bites as well as bops. [Spring 2009, p.96]
  19. Too bad her sharpest one-liners on Colonia get buried in a wash of pastoral easy listening.
  20. Colonia plays it safe by gathering together various aspects of the Cardigans/Camp catalogue and adorning them to the brim with pretty, but unsatisfying decoration.
  21. Colonia peters out with three laments that lose their power when grouped together, and two instrumentals that waste opportunities to hear more of that wonderful voice.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. liu
    Apr 29, 2009
    9
    This record is somewhat similar to the last Cardigans album to me in a sense that it was a decent step forward from the past works of the This record is somewhat similar to the last Cardigans album to me in a sense that it was a decent step forward from the past works of the group. now it's the same with Colonia - step ahead the debut. seems Nina just can't stop mature musically. really good album. Full Review »