Makthaverskan: II (Luxury, 2013/Run For Cover, 2014)

May 6, 2014 at 10:25 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Makthaverskan: II

Makthaverskan: II

Angsty Swedish post-punk with reverb-covered female vocals and jangly guitars. The vocals are what really drives this album home, especially the lyrics. “Antabus” and “No Mercy” have exuberant “fuck you!”s, which sound like they felt very refreshing to belt out. Besides that, there’s plenty of scathing lyrics about loneliness and desire for love, with “Outshine”‘s cry of “my heart is burning and I’ve got no one to talk to” hitting the hardest. Even at the band’s most furious punk speedrush, such as “Distance”, there’s still a dreaminess, tenderness and vulnerability. “Volga” brings the album to a bit more of a delicate close, but only musically. Lyrically it’s one of the most soul-baring songs here. Definitely a surprise hit of an album.

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