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Pekka Streng & Tasavallan Presidentti - Sisältäni portin löysin
Mari Boine - Diamántta Spáillit
"Sisältäni portin löysin" is beautiful. "Diamántta Spáillit" is good too, but the combination of Nordic folk and modern production is a little problematic for me.
Atalyja - Gervele
Tenhi - Kuoppa
Clas-Göran Hederström - Det börjar verka kärlek, banne mej
Jakob Hellman - Vara vänner
Two feelgood songs. Well, if you like that - sad comments from BillAdama and Antonius. Before this game I had no idea I would get so easily upset by negative comments about the Swedish songs. Anyway, this is a cult schlager song (which has really become a personal favorite since I posted it in my Swedish music thread) against the lead single from the best Swedish album ever according to the only(!) Swedish critics poll, in 1996. I like the album "...och stora havet" but it has never been close to #1 for me so I have always felt that Hellman is a little overrated. Nevertheless, the jazzy "Vara vänner" is wonderful and is my pick after all.
Bob Hund - Düsseldorf
Ólöf Arnalds - Innundir Skinni
My favorite Bob Hund song, with some of my favorite lyrics.
"Jag gillar sånt som ingen bryr sig om. När jag blir nyfiken står tiden still. Då blir jag pigg och orkar lite till."
(I like things that no one cares about. When I get curious time stands still. Then I get alert and can do a little bit more.)
Well, it works better with the rhyme...
Maybe I was a bit harsh with my comments on those songs Henrik, but I just listened to the two again, and the former still strikes me as very big band croonery. And the latter I'm finding impossible not to constantly compare to Sunny Afternoon.
That's fine, Bill. There are similarities between "Vara vänner" and "Sunny Afternoon". Usually Hellman is compared to Elvis Costello though.
I decided to vote for Mari Boine too, but it didn't matter anymore as it was already 7-5. The rest of the results, in the closest overall week I believe we've had so far:
Pekka Streng & Tasavallan Presidentti - Sisältäni portin löysin - 5
Mari Boine - Diamántta Spáillit - 8
Atalyja - Gervele - 8
Tenhi - Kuoppa - 5
Clas-Göran Hederström - Det börjar verka kärlek, banne mej - 4
Jakob Hellman - Vara vänner - 6
Bob Hund - Düsseldorf - 7
Ólöf Arnalds - Innundir Skinni - 6