May 28th, 2009
Back in January when all this fancy “sun” wasn’t part of my (or your) daily equation, I passed the dreary days and glistened my mood listening to Love Is All. The boisterous and sprightly Swedish dance-punk group—who has single-handedly made the rock saxophone cool again—released their excellent second album A Hundred Things Keep Me Up At Night to much critical acclaim. Tumbling and deft bass work, breakneck drums, breezy sax, slick, jagged guitars and a harmonious backdrop all dutifully take a back seat to the precocious pixie frontwoman, Josephine Olausson. Musing (nay, erupting) on the unexpected banality of luxury cruises or settling for the last dude at the party or the dizzying effects of weirdo apartment neighbors, Olaussen and her bandmates keep the pedal to the metal. Hundred Things rushes by so catastrophically fast that you’ll barely have time to dance. Barely.