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Skaizerkite

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Download links and information about Skaizerkite by Montt Mardié / Montt Mardie. This album was released in 2009 and it belongs to Pop genres. It contains 12 tracks with total duration of 48:00 minutes.

Artist: Montt Mardié / Montt Mardie
Release date: 2009
Genre: Pop
Tracks: 12
Duration: 48:00
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Tracks

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No. Title Length
1. Welcome to Stalingrad 3:11
2. One kiss 3:25
3. Click, click 3:13
4. Elisabeth by the piano 3:49
5. Bang, bang (Echo in Warswaw) 3:59
6. Unknown pleasures 3:14
7. Last year in Marienbad 4:25
8. A wedding in June (Feat. Andreas Mattsson) 5:14
9. Dancing shoes 3:44
10. The stairs of the house that haunted this town (Jenny, Jenny, Jenny) 5:16
11. Dungeons and dragons 4:43
12. I love you Annie 3:47

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By the time of his third album — fourth if you count the disparate double-set Clocks/Pretender as two; fifth if you include the half-re-recorded compilation Introducing...The Best Of (whose several new tunes are very much in keeping with his work here) — Montt Mardié, still only 25, had long since left behind the endearing adolescent idiosyncrasy of his debut for a distinctly sophisticated brand of classically inflected indie pop. That's not to suggest that he's abandoned his deep-seated sentimental streak (a sensibility which feels at once youthfully idealistic and somewhat improbably nostalgic and wistful) or his penchant for giddy exuberance. On the contrary, Skaizerkite is packed full of peppy, danceable, and dramatically heartfelt soul-pop, from trumpet-blaring opener "Welcome to Stalingrad" to the Motown-ish groover "Bang, Bang," the tense New Romantic fashionista strut "Click, Click," the string-laden stomper "I Love You Annie," and the majestically melancholy lead single "Dancing Shoes," a perfectly pitched ode to dancing through your tears. Mardié's familiar lyrical concerns, including (most chiefly) lovesickness and (as a glance at the track list suggests) European travel, are all here, and the album is practically dripping with schmaltzy romanticism, inflated both by his impassioned falsetto delivery and by lavish semi-orchestral arrangements that hearken in equal measure to the '40s, the '60s, the '80s, and the more recent likes of Camera Obscura. It's accomplished stuff, to be sure — fans of Mardié's past work or the chamber pop genre in general are likely to be pleased — but it can feel fairly overwrought and overwhelming when taken as a whole, so the handful of gentler, more stripped-down numbers (including the tender portrait-ballad "Elisabeth by the Piano" and geek-love farewell "Dungeons and Dragons") come as a welcome change of pace, even if the latter's combination of nerdy references and heart-on-sleeve emotionalism verge on parody. It may not have quite as many obvious stand-out songs as his past work, but Skaizerkite still stands as a consolidation of Mardié's many strengths, and the most self-assured and unified statement thus far from one of Sweden's finest young popsmiths. ~ K. Ross Hoffman, Rovi