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Risky Dazzle: A Service Party Shuffle

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In the early 2000s Sweden was a true hotbed for all kinds of indie pop and rock. Seemingly every record that came from that country was pure musical gold with a flood of great bands and labels cranking them out one after the next. One of the labels doing wonderful things was Göteborg's Service. Unpredictable, sonically exciting and always purely pop, the label has released many great singles and a few great albums, too. Risky Dazzle - A Service Party Shuffle is a 16-track collection that rounds up single tracks, album tracks and a couple of rarities. The main selling points are the tracks by the star in Service's firmament, the amazing Jens Lekman who is represented by "Maple Leaves," a short reprise of his indie hit "You Are the Light" and the jaw-dropping "And I Remember Every Kiss," which manages to sound like a cross between Liberace, Jonathan Richman and the greatest love song ever. You just have to hear it to believe it. Not to say that the rest is any less worthy because there isn't a rotten banana in the whole bunch. Those destined for further glory are Tough Alliance (bouncy indie pop with dancefloor appeal), the Embassy (sweet and tender Field Mice types), Erik DeVahl (bedroom electronic chamber pop) and Studio (tough but melodic post-post-post-punk). Well, Franke (epic indie rock sung in Swedish) too. Wait, that's everyone. Oh well, what can you do, that's the kind of label Service is -- quality from top to bottom. Risky Dazzle is all dazzle and no risk, guaranteed to improve the life of any indie kids who manage to get hold of a copy.

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