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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Salem Al Fakir - Virgin Mary


"Home is the place I thought I'd found"

After the brilliance of last year's Roxy, Salem Al Fakir went in the exact direction I hoped he'd go with his new album Ignore This. Compared to his first album, this is like a totally different artist. Almost all of the songs are synth-based and there are more than a few uptempo, radio-ready hits. The sound is a lot more like the collaborations Salem's done in the past than his actual stuff. Virgin Mary is the initial standout, and one of the catchier tracks on the album. From the burst of synths that kick off the song, you get the feel that this is a different stage in his career. It's more than a little Prince, actually, much like his excellent collaboration with Staygold earlier this year. It's got the driving energy that was missing from his dreamy (and also excellent) Melodifestivalen entry. This had better be a single. Bravo, Salem. This is my kind of stuff!!

Salem Al Fakir - Virgin Mary  by  alienhits

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3 Comments:

Blogger Paul said...

I'm going to have to get the album, I'm so excited about him ever since melodifestivalen and am just kicking myself that I haven't delved into him before...

10:50 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Having listened to the new album, I'd say it's the perfect one to get into first. Throw Roxy and Backseat somewhere in the middle (which fit more with the new sound anyway) and you've got yourself a very nice Salem album.

6:54 PM  
Anonymous alex said...

I'm surprised this wasn't the lead single. Sounds like a perfect MF entry. MF winner even!

4:18 PM  

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