Swede smell of success. The Plug, Sheffield (September 29)
However, with just a black backdrop bearing her name and a three-piece backing band for company, it’s the singer’s voice that takes centre stage tonight and not some hammy, choreographed stageshow (Santogold, take note). Sure, she points and pouts, bounds around the stage and thrashes cymbals like a slightly mad person and, sure, she’s not unappealing on the eye, but it’s the songs that truly hold the attention here. And in a world where Katy Perry can launch a career off the back of a supposedly risqué hit about – gosh – lesbianism, it’s refreshing to find an artist with such a broad repertoire. Tonight, album tracks such as the brooding ‘Complaint Department’ (which is spiced up by KRS-One’s ‘Sound Of Da Police’ in the breakdown) and ‘Let It Fall’ are easily the equal of the poptastic ‘I’m Good, I’m Gone’ or ‘Breaking It Up’. They might well be depressing to their author, but we’re left with nothing but smiles on our faces. Lykke Li? More like Love-e Li.
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