Loney, Noir - Loney, Dear
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  • Summary: Sweden multi-instrumentalist Emil Svanangen (aka Loney, Dear) makes his American debut with this re-release of his fourth album.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
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  1. Functions as an AM Gold collection filtered through Swedish shortwave radio with indie sensibilities. [#16, p.93]
  2. There’s a lot to be impressed with here, but it’s the emotional intimacy that the songs establish even at their most grandiose that makes the album great.
  3. Think Belle and Sebastian or a touch of Aberfeldy and take that east over the North Sea to Sweden, adding exquisite touches of orchestration and a touch more wistfulness as you go, and you have a rough template for the sound of Loney Dear.
  4. Twee or not, there is a brilliant simplicity to Svanangen's music, though the tunes are never sparse.
  5. Svanangen has a wholly human presence on Loney, Noir, easy to invest in and equally easy to reap rewards from.
  6. Svanangen's bright falsetto holds his miniature musical tapestries together.
  7. These songs are full to the brim with ideas and a charming naivety - but there's a major hurdle that ultimately compromises the enjoyment: the vocals.

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Score distribution:
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  1. KalleB
    Feb 11, 2007
    10
    yes!
  2. Bookirby
    Feb 21, 2007
    10
    fantastic.....just grows and grows on you
  3. ShumpyFatastico
    Feb 27, 2007
    10
    Brilliant stuff. longing yet hopeful with haunting and deceptively simple melodies.
  4. John
    May 14, 2007
    10
    Along with Neon Bilbe, this is my favorite album of the year. Beautiful and energizing... the perfect summer album.
  5. Graeme
    Mar 18, 2007
    10
    Unexpectedly spectacular. A fairly diverse set of songs that are at some points simple and complex at other moments. Really growing on me. A Unexpectedly spectacular. A fairly diverse set of songs that are at some points simple and complex at other moments. Really growing on me. A very nice surprise and one of the best albums of a strong 2007 - release wise. Expand
  6. matta
    Mar 12, 2007
    8
    This is what Sigur Ros would sound like if they sang in English and released a twee-pop album. Gorgeous.