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Kate Boy: One

Album Notes

In some ways, Kate Boy's debut album One feels like the logical end of the edgy Swedish pop artists have been making since the 2000s: The duo's sleek, synth-driven songs and singer Kate Akhurst's keening vocals call to mind contemporaries like Niki and the Dove as well as the Knife, whose early razor-sharp pop and subsequent darker turns represent the style's extremes. One falls somewhere in between, offering songs that are as moody as they are catchy. The shimmery album-opener "Northern Lights" is Kate Boy's most obviously poppy moment, but more propulsive and aggressive songs like "Lion for Real" and "Self Control" still deliver plenty of hooky gratification. While Kate Boy's previously released singles still provide One's brightest highlights, the album proves they can carry on the Swedish tradition of edgy yet accessible music. ~ Heather Phares


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