Two things come to mind when reading the press release for Sweden's David & the Citizens' North American debut. First, there's the claim that America has some catching up to do with the wonderful, original music of the band. The reality of the situation is that maybe it is Sweden that has some catching up to do, because the band's music is highly derivative of the U.S. Elephant6 scene that went out of fashion long before main man David Fridlund fired up his four-track. Second, if the U.S. is to catch up with the group, why have the first release be some odds-and-sods mini LP? Of the six songs collected here, some are claimed to be "difficult to find even in Sweden." Why is that the case when there are supposedly chart-blazers that might tip a listener to the band's greatness? Perhaps David & the Citizens are just another average European act mining the U.S. indie scene past and present. Witness the horns reminiscent of Beulah and the wackiness taken from the Decemberists, and spot any of a dozen other influences. Maybe in Sweden this music would be a blast at a local drinking hole, but U.S. listeners demand more than rehashed tunes mimicking our own near and dear genres. David & the Citizens make pleasant music, but in it there's no hint of distinction and their style is too little, too late.
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AllMusic Review by Tim DiGravina