The Sounds

Something To Die For

Side One Dummy

Mar 24, 2011 Web Exclusive Bookmark and Share

By its fourth album, Sweden's The Sounds seems to have done it all, touring the world over on repeat in support of its New Wave/pop-punk albums and cranking out music every couple of years as a matter of routine. The problem is that, on Something To Die For, the band sounds very much like it has nothing more to accomplish. The lyrics are simplistic and empty, and the sound is tired and tried. Where the band used to get points for youthful exuberance and pop-punky bounce, much of Something sounds simply like bad electro rock.

The opener "It's So Easy" is pulsating and bland, and "Better Off Dead" sounds like dancefloor pop for those who don't like to dance, with frontwoman Maja Ivarsson singing of lying naked on her bed, thinking about someone putting a metaphorical gun to her head because, well, she's better off dead. In "Dance with the Devil," the band even promises (threatens, perhaps?) to "conquer our planet with dance." And, while we're at it, what does "This is the last time I'm nobody's fool" mean? It's too bad Something is such a bummer, because even if The Sounds were never particularly inventive, they were always fun. Something sounds like they need some time off. (

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