Queen of the Clouds
Having written songs for Icona Pop as part of super-producer Max Martin's homegrown songwriting crew, Swedish chanteuse Tove Lo steps into the spotlight on her pulsing debut. Queen is thematically organized around the phases of a relationship: i.e., "The Sex," "The Love," and "The Pain." "Talking Body" is surging electro that celebrates physical intimacy, while on "Not on Drugs" Tove asserts over high-voltage EDM, "I'm not on drugs/I'm just in love." The millions who danced to the soaring "Habits (Stay High)" in 2014 know how things end: "Binge on all the Twinkies/Throw up in the tub." That's amore!