Right Up Your Face

Sofia Loell

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Right Up Your Face Review

by Robert L. Doerschuk

Few flaws mar the debut of this young Swedish singer, but neither are there many moments that distinguish it from other femme-pop confections. Loell deserves credit for writing her own material, which is marked by happy, head-bobbing hooks, sunshiny angst, and melodies that never stray far from the root. Her command of English isn't complete; on "I Understand" she solemnly informs a lover that "your eyes tells me" what's on his mind, and the title "Right Up Your Face" is a koan on its own. Her vocal delivery, however, reduces such moments to charming distractions. With all the affectations ironed out, there aren't many bumps left on this road; it's a smooth cruise through bubbly dance grooves like "Lover Undercover" and "Utopia" and soft-core medium-tempo anthems like "Come a Little Closer," with its pixie-like "yeah, yeah, yeah" chorus riff. Aside from "I Understand," there are no ballads on Sofia Loell; even "Miss You," a litany of reasons why loneliness seems disagreeable, is set to a buoyant 6/8. Clearly Loell has, as she affirms on one track, her feet off the ground and head in the clouds -- in other words, she has arrived in the airy realm where pop divas dwell before taking on the weight of time.

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