|Location: Uppsala, Uppsala,|
|Description: The music of the Swedish band Orange is odd and remarkable, but still very recognisable. Lyrically they walk a fine line between commercial hooks and political statements.|
|Biography: Well, we all know how an orange tastes, but how does an orange sound? The answer is simple, yet intriguing. An orange sounds just like............................Orange!
Are you fed up with the mainstream scene and looking for something a little different? Do you want to hear a band explore exiting new territory but still with love and affection for musical heritage? Do you want to hear a well-crafted album whose genius is not revealed until you hear it the second time? The music of the Swedish band Orange is odd and remarkable, but still very recognisable. Lyrically they walk a fine line between commercial hooks and political statements. The songs are about such varied subjects as political issues of today, existential angst and good old-fashioned love, everything delivered with complete self-assurance and ease.
To point out any of the 12 songs would be useless since every one of them could be elected for "single"-treatment. But to arouse your curiosity, let us at least mention the song "Take a look on the inside", the first single pulled for the Nordic market. Or "Walk in my shoes", traditional songwriting but with a modern sound and with definitive crossover potential. And let's not forget "Another song for the poor", probably the only country song in the world including all 12 major chords. Carefully produced and performed with edge and presence, Orange's debut album will dash anyone with musical appetite and curiosity. It could be said that Orange have accomplished what John Lennon tried so hard to explain to a very frustrated George Martin when he said; "I want it to sound like an orange!"
Sounding very much like an English modern rock/pop outfit. With a varied mix of sounds reminiscent of early David Bowie, Lou Reed and even John Lennon with a Beatle-esque touch, this well put together package containing 12 tracks is definitely mood setting!
It's very laid back in places - stand out tracks for this listener include the opener 'You Knew', 'How Long', 'Walk In My Shoes'. The Willie Nelson sounding 'Another Song For The Poor', 'Celebrate My Life' which has some nice Hendrixy style licks and a good vocal chorus. 'Why Is It So Hard To Give' is not bad with a Neil Young riff throughout. You can imagine the song, album title and first single, 'Hello (Take A Look On The Inside), being played on any US college radio station, with good catchy chorus.
The music of this Swedish band is certainly odd and remarkable and is produced with edge and presence.