- Summary: The second full-length release for the Swedish duo of Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo features guest appearance from Charli XCX as well as production from Stargate.
- Record Label: Atlantic
- Genre(s): Pop, Electronic, Pop/Rock, Dance-Pop
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Oct 8, 2013Two songs from the EP made the cut for the album (“Ready For the Weekend” and, predictably, “I Love It”) and though the latter--a Charli XCX co-written club banger--still stands out high above the rest of the album’s tracks, the songs that comprise This Is...Icona Pop are even larger and louder than their predecessors.
Oct 5, 2013Many pop songs revolve around the dance floor and the drinks, drugs, sex, etc. that go along with it. But in this throbbing set of dance anthems, Icona Pop captures the experience and emotion of party-culture with an sincerity and (dare I say it?) maturity that few others have managed, giving to what might otherwise be tired themes a fresh idealism and an intellectual spark missing from the works of contemporaries like Kesha and Lady Gaga.
With this LP, swedish singers Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo aimed to create music “which you can both laugh and cry with at the same time.” The album achieves this desired affect through intense, aching beats and earnest, tight vocal harmonies, and by giving to each tune a bright, inflinching optimism about the future that rings nostalgic for all of us “90s b****”s out there. And, of course, the tracks are all so darn catchy. Without a doubt, this is one of the best pop albums of the year.… Expand
Feb 26, 2014Icona Pops This is just what you might expect from a pop album. 11 songs about partying, sex and sex and partying. The album sure isn't a lyrical masterpiece, but the songs are for the most part pretty easy to listen to.
Some of the sounds used in the songs sound dirty and there are some parts that make you cringe. (I'm talking about the riff in Then We Kiss, what the hell were you thinking!?!?) Parts like these make the album seem like a fifteen-year-old DJ made the tracks in his mothers basement, especially when some of the tracks. suffers from bad equalization. (the waveform is for the most part just a flat line...)
The tracks sound all very much alike and the album starts getting repetitive soon. Thankfully the album isn't that long so it doesn't overstay it's welcome.
There are 4 tracks added to the Target edition and Fix8's remix of I Love it should give you enough reason to buy the Target edition, since, in my opinion at least, it was the best track of the album.
Overall This is.. is a decent album full of catchy dance anthems that you can happily rave to in every party you attend. It's not a bad album but isn't really great either.… Expand
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