Sweden - Full Moon 94 - 06/03/04
David & the Citizens
Until the Sadness is Gone
Adrian Recordings / Border Music / Tuba (N)
David & the Citizens (D&TC) was established by David Fridlund 5 years ago, when going to perform
his songs live for the first time. There were a few changes in the line-up before the band got its
present formation: Alexander Madsen (guitar), Conny Fridh (bass, backing vox), Magnus Bjerkert
(trumpet, piano, organ), Mikael Carlsson (drums, backing vox), plus of course David himself (vocals,
piano, acoustic guitar). Their debut For All Happy Endings came two years ago, and here's
their second go, Until the Sadness is Gone. And, yes, the sadness disappears the moment
you put on this record. Promise.
Until... starts with "The End", and I was amazed from the first time I slipped the platter
inside my player. It's a song includig a guest appearance by klezmer band Tummel, a song with an
Eastern (Europe that is) feel, with lyrics of such depressed nature that the optimistic touch in
the music makes me feel relief. But the happysad feel is excellent. And suddenly track two,
Graycoated Morning, is on (this happens throughout the album - the next song starts almost
before the former ends) with full frontal brass. Yes, trumpet! Trumpet pop rules!! Think Love, and
many of the Elephant 6 bands. But bands that come to mind when D&RTC sweep through their musical
landscape of bittersweet indie pop are Bright Eyes (with a little less despair), They Might Be Giants
(but not being so "funny"), and Violent Femmes (mainly the spontanous feel of the music). When the
title song comes as track three I'm totally sold. A smashing beauty, with its energetic outbursts
before calming down. Brilliant! On the snappy EP track "New Direction" there's another guest apperance,
by acclaimed Swedish gutarist Ossler. Other friends popping in are Sara Culler who co-sings the
sweet and tender "Never A Bottom" and the very poppy "Let's Not Fall Apart", and string quartet
Tomas Ebrelius Quartet contributing to "On All American Winds".
All summed up: for me Until the Sadness is Gone was a really treat. David Fridlund has
come up with an highly impressive line of songs, 11 songs, almost without any weak moments. Just
a few beauty spots are missing from keeping this platter to be a total masterpiece. Faves: "Sore
Feet + Blisters", the powerful "Silverjacketgirl", the sad-ridden and mariachi-ish ballad "As You
Fall (I Watch, with Love)", and finally the already mentioned "Until the Sadness is Gone" - the
latter being the oustanding song of the album.
Ain't no cure for the summertime blues? Yes, it's called Until the Sadness is Gone.
Distribution in Norway: Tuba!
Copyright © 2004 Håvard Oppøyen