Evolution was probably the most anticipated Swedish debut album in 1998. Barusta's debut EP had been hailed by the critics that spring, and in the summer the single "Satellite," also included on this album, became a radio hit. "Satellite" is garage rock with more than traces of the Stooges, combined with a nice lightweight refrain that makes it hard both to stand still and to be quiet. Most of the album is much less singalong-friendly, though, being firmly planted in '90s indie rock, with the guitars filling up most of the space. Evolution contains a number of excellent songs, among them the unnerving, driving title track and "Common Lovin," combining a plastic synth beat, distorted guitars, and catchy, soul-flavored choruses. One thing that makes Barusta stick out is Nathalie Barusta's vocals, cool and slightly lazy, sometimes seemingly unaware of the rock backing. They provide a good contrast on the faster tracks and suite the mood of the more meditative songs that end the album. In the atmosphere, these tracks are reminiscent of the Doors, and without being bad in any way, they are not as innovative as the rest of the album. All tracks are produced by Micke Herrström together with Barusta, except for "The Game," produced by Ebbot Lundberg from Soundtrack of Our Lives.
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AllMusic Review by Lars Lovén