Norway - Full Moon 41 - 02/19/00
Påsan, or Pål Lillevold, arrived last year with his debut album,
Communication/Kommunikasjon, presenting songs from his private universe
of DIY bedroom indie-pop, quite simple and naive. Then, just a short time after
the Millennium turned, he's suddenly back with his 2nd album, and he's received
rave critics in the Oslo press, claiming Påsan to be the pop hope of
the year. So, is Påsan's jukebox filled with a glittering hit parade?
Jukebox holds 10 songs (plus the obvious hidden track, a very short and
jokeish novelty rap-song!). What strikes me is that a lot of the songs on Jukebox
sound like they could've been taken from a soundtrack for a film. The opening track
The Music Room f.i., is a smart and cool instrumental, where Påsan
presents what's in his musical bedroom: guitar, synth, drum machine. Other filmatic
songs are: A Small Piece of Pie, Påsan is Going Down, and The
Death of A Cowboy. All possibly taken from an unfinished road-movie, coming
sometime to a theater near you? Most of the music strolls along without bragging or
being loud-mouthy, and that's Påsan's force: not to exaggerate, but instead be
short and to the point with his small, simple melodies.
Jukebox isn't an amazing album, but it's indeed a charmy one. The Music
Room and Påsan is Going Down are two of the songs I like the best. The
most immediate track is Electric, while the closing song Time To Say Goodbye
is a fine way of saying goodbye. And, if I might add: See you later.
PS! The final words from the liner notes is quite fitting for Luna Kafé:
"You can jump through the moonlight, and drink
some drinks" (translated from Norwegian).
Distribution in Norway: Tuba!
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