Review: Oh Land – “Oh Land”

7.9

Hailing from Denmark, this songtress puts out pop music with a quirky twist. Lead single “Son of a Gun” is an excellent exploration of the multi-dimensional sound she produces. Taking cues from off-beat pop goddesses before her like Imogen Heap, Oh Land strikes a perfect balance between the modern and the accessible. The whole album is packed with Euro-pop goodness, from standout pop gem “Son Of A Gun” to the atmospheric “Wolf and I.” “Human” features a breakdown that is simply amazing. “Voodoo” channels an almost Kylie Minogue quality to it.

The album does clearly lack, however, the type of power it’s lead single possesses. The rest of the songs are great, but they require a bit of listening to sink in. There’s a certain accessibility lacking at times, but that in turn lends the songs to better wear. Some really grow on you (particularly “Human”).

Overall, the album is very successful, with a pop voice we don’t hear much these days. This is very much the intelligent pop of Annie, Marina and the Diamonds, and Imogen Heap. There should be much more of it!

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