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Citizen K: III

In search of the perfect pop album. There have been many bands that have given it their best shot and have succeeded, depending on who you talk to. The Beatles, Electric Light Orchestra, Fleetwood Mac, City Boy and 10cc to name but a few. These bands and others like them have led the way in this regard, melding together delicious melodies and beautifully constructed songs that are simply almost impossible to resist. This brings us to a new discovery for me. The band is Citizen K (Klas Qvist) and their latest album is titled III. I recently reviewed their 2017 release Second Thoughts and it is a great album. Well, III follows down a similar path and is again a wonderful slice of melodic pop music that your ears will be delighted to hear.

There are no shortage of ‘60s and ‘70s references, see the above bands but Qvist is still able to keep things in the here and now while still looking at the past with a wistful eye. The sounds of an airport begin “Welcome Abroad” preceding a delightful guitar and vocal melody. Nuanced electric guitar and piano take hold before Beatles-like keyboards and ‘60s style guitar with just a hint of psychedelic adds a bit of pop. The background harmonies in “True Companions” are sublime as is the sunshiny brilliance of “Let This Be Love”, another Beatles inspired track with gorgeous background vocals. The guitar (both lead and rhythm) are just so good in the supremely catchy “Toolmaker’s Daughter” and the guitar chords in “Oceans Call” have some Floyd-like elements. Another great track with a positive outlook. The piano and acoustic guitar dominated “Cancelled Flight” is one of the more poignant offerings.

Like Second Thoughts, the melodies and musicianship is as tasteful as you can get. This album is so easy on the ears and has so many gorgeous moments I just cannot help but love it. Hopefully you will too.

Track Listing:
1. Welcome Abroad (3:09)
2. True Companions (3:03)
3. Let This Be Love (3:38)
4. Toolmaker’s Daughter (4:39)
5. Oceans Call (5:10)
6. Cancelled Flight (5:15)
7. How Are You Gonna Handle It? (5:16)
8. Radio Classic (No More Songs About Jetplanes, Please!) (4:34)
9. Once You Had (3:27)
10. Piano In The Rain (3:02)
11. Beasts Of England (2:18)
12. And You Danced All Night (Coda) (4:40)
13. After The Fact (Encore) (4:03)

Added: February 4th 2019
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Band @ Facebook
Hits: 160
Language: english

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