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Konsertrecension: Albin Lee Meldau sounds as if he is stuck halfway

The first few seasons of ”So much better” had – perhaps because of the novelty – the ability to both create new stars and bring life into old careers. Plura had

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Konsertrecension: Albin Lee Meldau sounds as if he is stuck halfway

The first few seasons of ”So much better” had – perhaps because of the novelty – the ability to both create new stars and bring life into old careers. Plura had probably not been the omnipotent tv-chef he is today if he was not paired with the relatively unknown eurodanceartisten September, which in turn hardly become popular, but their interpretation of ”Love heavy”.

Albin Lee Meldau filled the same function in the 2018 edition, it was he who would bring life in Christer Sjogren and Eric Gadds forgotten directory. It can be seen that it was successful. He delivered tones, the director pieces, nervy interpretations on the current band and won at the same time, the hearts of the audience. His career received a sharp boost, and now, when he makes his first major tour of sweden it is sold out and the requirements of the extraordinary plays wherever he will.

the most common keywords, came Meldau in seventh place, after ”election” but before the ”hockey world CUP”.

So it is very crowded on the Imdb when he makes the first of two nights in the capital. But there is a gap between expectations and delivery, and a gap between the low-key soulalbum he made his debut with last year and the collection with ”So much better”interpretations, which came out after the tv success. The time between the recording and the tour, he has spent at a treatment center. By his own admission, he had smoked hashish every day since he was fifteen.

It is a sober and low-key artist who stands on the stage. His voice is impressive, of course, a satisfyingly rough soulstämma which sounds as if it comes from a much older body. And the feelings are there also.

during the concert, are unfortunately the shortcomings of their own songwriting. The songs sounds pretty much as pastischer of already made classics – the hit song ”Lou Lou” exceptions. On the whole, it feels as if he is stuck halfway on the road to a working commercial expression, and a bit into the concert – when the acoustic guitar comes up and the band goes out, he loses the momentum.

Really lively publikrespons, it will be only when he plays ”So much better”-the material, like ”Play my favoritvals” and the funky ”Some loving”. A fundamental mistake is also to make him to the lonely star and the musicians to a true band, I think he's got more energy to be one of the gang.

But life is long, and this is just the beginning of a promising career. A clearer direction would really be needed.

Read more music reviews by Po Tidholm, for example, how Low is pushing the limits of how much suppressed distortion a let can be clear.

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