Maija Vilkkumaa

Pitkä Ihana Leikki

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Vilkkumaa's first gigs and Satumaa-Tango single promised a lot: Despite a poppy sound, Vilkkumaa also relied on rock, and so her hybrid sound was extremely interesting. And when her full-length Pitkä Ihana Leikki was released, it proved to be a great album that featured the same sound as the single. Vilkkumaa's naïve lyrics, pop elements, and sometimes rather annoying vocals aren't bothersome, since the songs themselves are great and Janne Lehto's arrangements work very well. And even though Pitkä Ihana Leikki's lifespan might be shorter than that of an average rock album, the content of the album keeps the listener well satisfied. Vilkkumaa has proved that she is a great addition to the relatively small number of Finnish female singer/songwriters, and Pitkä Ihana Leikki can be considered one of the best Finnish albums of 1999.

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