Gustav and the Seasick Sailors
This is quite a pleasant album, with some admirable songs on it. At its best, it reminds me of Wilco ("Devil when you cry"), Tom Waits ("Sweden slow"), and a MOR David & the Citizens ("Angels fable"). What I don't really like about "Sirkus" is that, unlike Jeff Tweedy, Tom Waits and David Fridlund, the singer's (Gustav) voice is way too uncharacteristic and - to be blunt - plain. I prefer a more personal touch than the Jeff Buckley-light vocals that Gustav and the Seasick Sailors offer. Other than that, this is a solid release, worth checking out if you like your singers to sing "properly".
- Simon Tagestam