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The Sounds: Weekend


(The Sounds)
Release Date: 
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Swedish indie rock is what you get when listening to the band called The Sounds. The band was formed back in 1998 and since then they have released 4 albums. Until now that is. Weekend is the bands newest and fifth album to be released on October 29, 2013. If you are looking for a band that has songs that talk about what most people think about in every day life or if you just want to share the feeling of waiting for the weekend, then this is the band for you. Weekend is the album that has the songs that will make you want to dance while giving you a good feeling even if you didn't want to be pepped up.
Peppy is a good word for the songs that are played on Weekend. I was trying to think of some better terms to use to describe the songs but as I listened I was continuously drawn to the word peppy. Each song has a vibrant sound in the chords being played but it's the vocals of Maja Ivarsson that puts a lot of the energy into the songs. She uses different tones and levels while singing which give each of the songs each a different sound as they're played. There's a good range of different tempos being put into the songs. One song, “Panic”, has a stronger beat being used with the drums as Maja Ivarsson has a stern tone in her vocals while the opening track, “Shake, Shake, Shake” has rhythmic beats with lyrics that make you want to sing along.
I really did enjoy the quick pacing of the songs, even the slower ones keep a steady tempo. Though it was really the lyrics that I liked the most off this album. Each song has lyrics that are what I feel, think, and have experienced in life. These songs are not the songs that are telling about her extravagant life or where she's going out to party and get down with someone. “Hurt The Ones I Love” and “Weekend” are both songs that are good examples of the lyrics where she explains how she always hurts her loved ones, who don't think that or have done that, and “Weekend” is explaining how she lives for the weekend, again, the majority of the work force live for the weekends.  It's this connection coupled with the levels of fun energy in the songs that create an album that is hard not to like. Even when I sat down telling myself that there has to be parts I didn't like in the songs I couldn't find any there cause I was too busy bouncing to the beats.

Lee Roberts
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