Lars Winnerbäck


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Singel was Lars Winnerbäck's most successful album and the most mainstream. But that does not mean that the singer/songwriter influences were gone or that he had totally abandoned the special Swedish style of ballad singing, influenced by Evert Taube and Carl Michael Bellman and represented by artists like Stefan Sundström and Lars Demian. A number of years in that school were still very audible, while the backing was more straightforward rock & roll this time, in the style of Staffan Hellstrand and at times Ulf Lundell. Some of the songs became radio hits and the album sold well. But while the music is definitely not without hit quality, it is actually not very interesting. Often it appears as solely a vessel for the lyrics, which, if charming and competently written, do not manage to carry the album all on their own. Still, there are some musical highlights, songs where Winnerbäck manages to be more than a pop version of Lundell. The best examples are the two songs where Josephine Forsman and Maria Andersson from Sahara Hotnights provide backing vocals. "Håll Ut" has a funny singalong, Beatlesque touch and "Lovesång" brings up (if just a little) Winnerbäck's past punk-pop influences. Songs like this show what Winnerbäck could probably manage if he spent as much energy on the music as on the lyrics and wasn't content with being just another guy with a guitar.

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