Lars Demian

Pank

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"Alkohol" was the big hit as well as the starting song on Lars Demian's debut album, and placed him firmly in a bohemian, red-wine romantic tradition. Most of the album goes on in the same style, mixing songs about drinking and partying with songs in the good-old "repenting drunkard meets God" style. In attitude, if not musically, this is reminiscent of early Tom Waits. Pank borrows a lot from the seldom revisited sources of pre-war popular music, cabaret, and Jacques Brel, and a backing trio with accordion and double bass gives the whole thing an East European touch, when they don't transform into the Salvation Army, like in "På Den Andra Sidan," with marching drums and brass. On his later albums, Demian often became satirical and political, but those sides are mostly hinted at here, seen clearly only in the allegoric lullaby "Vaggvisa för Amerika" and in the title song. And if he would later master the satirical, here the lyrics are a little clumsy in a way that the solid bohemian songs aren't.

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