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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

"Roxy is the one who gave it to me"

I had always liked Salem Al Fakir's soulful pop singles, though it was never enough for me to give his debut album the attention it probably deserved. Little did I know that he had a masterpiece like Roxy up his sleave. Perhaps inspired by the remix of his song It's True, Roxy turns his music upside down and transforms him into a synth-loving, 80's pastiche-writing, naughty-lyric singer. It's a mega-hit in the waiting, and actually sounds like a Melody Club single (maybe with some Elton and Toto thrown in). The kicker is that, after a somewhat subdued lead single, his new album Astronaut experiments with a ton of different genres. I haven't had a chance to really delve into it yet, but right now it's looking to be another Erik-Hassle-type surprise from Sweden. It's smart, daring pop music that breaks down genres, excelling in many different sounds. I hope he's encouraged to continue branching out. I guarantee this song will be a smash this spring or summer, and I have my fingers crossed that it will coax him to write more songs in this style.
PS: I'm glad he has short hair now. He doesn't look like that blind guy from American Idol anymore.
EDIT: My god, this song is about an STD, isn't it?

(Music posted for evaluation purposes only. If you like what you hear, support the artists. Buy the album here.)


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