13 Songs, 54 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Crossing the Rubicon is a curious title for these Swedish popsters’ third release considering that it offers more of the catchy new wave-inspired grooves they’ve been crafting since their 2003 debut, Living In America. Still, that semantic point aside, their commitment to their established sound should please their many fans. Led by the powerful and earnest vocals of Maja Ivarsson, Crossing the Rubicon gets started with a bang with “No One Sleeps When I’m Awake” and “4 Songs & a Fight,” a winning pair of hook-heavy tunes that feature a double blast of chunky guitar riffs and shimmering synth lines. Elsewhere, good melodies abound especially on the big, fist-pumping choruses in “My Lover,” “Midnight Sun,” and “Home Is Where Your Heart Is.” The thumping rhythm section is particularly good on this release and the glossy production further plays up the driving dance-floor beats. If you’re looking for fun electro-pop with some punch, Crossing the Rubicon will get you moving.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Crossing the Rubicon is a curious title for these Swedish popsters’ third release considering that it offers more of the catchy new wave-inspired grooves they’ve been crafting since their 2003 debut, Living In America. Still, that semantic point aside, their commitment to their established sound should please their many fans. Led by the powerful and earnest vocals of Maja Ivarsson, Crossing the Rubicon gets started with a bang with “No One Sleeps When I’m Awake” and “4 Songs & a Fight,” a winning pair of hook-heavy tunes that feature a double blast of chunky guitar riffs and shimmering synth lines. Elsewhere, good melodies abound especially on the big, fist-pumping choruses in “My Lover,” “Midnight Sun,” and “Home Is Where Your Heart Is.” The thumping rhythm section is particularly good on this release and the glossy production further plays up the driving dance-floor beats. If you’re looking for fun electro-pop with some punch, Crossing the Rubicon will get you moving.

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