Norway - Luna Kafé - Full Moon 18 - 04/12/98
Having received some good press in England, Libido was hailed by
Norwegian journalists as the next big thing that had already
happened over there. Well, I can't spot them anywhere on the NME charts this
week. This single
shows a competent britpop guitar band, but are they able to
compete with the British on their home ground? Maybe, but not likely with
the same success as Norway's football team.
Supersonic Daydream has some
XTC-like bends, but other than that little to make it rise above the average.
have compared Libido to bands like Radiohead, Verve and Nirvana, and
Inner Beauty Is A Lame Comfort When You're Fuck Bored
is certainly very Nirvana-like. Somehow, though, it doesn't come across
as quite the real thing, but this can of course
be said about anything inspired by Nirvana. Next is Television Divine,
a low-down distorted white-man's blues song, where they have nicked
the organ part from the Bad Seeds (Nick Cave). Unfortunately this is
the only thing that makes the song memorable. Annies' Song is a slower
ballad with a nice enough melody, but here the vocalist sounds almost
like Bono! All in all, a rather schizophrenic collection of songs
that sound too derived and too calculated to suggest that Libido
is a band with a fully developed identity. You might want to check out their album
(Killing Some Dead Time), though, and see if it proves the opposite.
Copyright © 1998 Knut Tore Breivik