Tove Styrke 'Kiddo'

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Anybody feeling the 'Kiddo' album?
Definitely album of the year for me so far, but doesn't seem like people are really picking up on it.

Killer melody after killer melody... a bit of a new-pop playground chant + admiration for novelty (bits of Betty Boo in the attitude, right-side-of-novelty vibe too)... not overly fussy or craft-y... some 'smash the patriarchy' lyrics (at times in an awkwardly winning English-as-second language vibe)... hell, the record is so good, I don't even mind her lapsing into a Jamaican patois on "Borderline", and that's usually punishable by hanging (at least).

She also gives good quote:
"Styrke explains (the song) is... “a shocking pink f-ck-you to all the people who think their penis bands are automatically more talented than one twenty-something girl on stage"

Anyway, just found out about the record when Spotify was all like "oh. you listened to Tove Lo. here, have another Tove", and have been listening obsessively for two weeks now. Three quarters of the record is 8/10 level stuff... and there's only one track I skip by. It's a wonderful thing (, baby).

Solid Gold Pop Songs: Snaren, Ego, Borderline, Number One, Even If I'm Loud It Doesn't Mean I'm Talking to You, Decay, Walking a Line, and (the rather good Spotify bonus track) Working Song

Anybody seen her live?
Tried to dip into the first record, but ended up back at 'Kiddo' in a flash. Should I give it more time?

mr.raffles, Saturday, 11 July 2015 03:01 (two years ago) Permalink

I have a preference for her first album at the moment, though that might just be familiarity. They are both terrific.

I've seen her live a couple of times and she is very good. They have only been low-key, stripped down gigs with a couple of dozen people in the audience - I'd assume a proper tour would be more expansive.

I wear my Redditor loathing with pride (ShariVari), Saturday, 11 July 2015 05:32 (two years ago) Permalink

I nearly started a thread on this album myself. It's sometimes strange album: it's so obviously filled with melodic hooks and strong choruses, but it's got so many odd production choices - an acid line here, a bit of dub and reggae there. "Brag" is my favourite because it's got so much bravado for something that sounds so slight, but there's only one song that isn't stuck on repeat in my head.

boxedjoy, Saturday, 11 July 2015 07:23 (two years ago) Permalink

Gave a shout out to this on the rolling best of 2015 thread. UK tour dates just announced!

Jeff W, Saturday, 11 July 2015 12:47 (two years ago) Permalink

I wish acts would include Scotland in UK tours. Same as the just - announced Suzanne Sundfør shows.

boxedjoy, Saturday, 11 July 2015 13:19 (two years ago) Permalink

Spot on. So many bizarre little touches. There are all of these typically unsubtle flavors like... acid squelches, Fun Boy Three playground melodies, primary color Betty Boo pop house moments (the instrumental bit after the first chorus of 'Snaren' with the organ and gunshots)... but they're all integrated into the overall vibe in a pretty subtle manner. The personality of the album is powerful enough to not be thrown off balance by the plentiful novelty.

The only track I'm NOT playing multiple times/day is "Who's Got News".

mr.raffles, Saturday, 11 July 2015 18:46 (two years ago) Permalink

That's the same one I'm cold on. It sounds like what critics of Lykke Li hear that I'm relieved not to.

boxedjoy, Saturday, 11 July 2015 20:10 (two years ago) Permalink

the individual sections of Number One are all pretty nice but it feels like it stays in chorus-mode for the whole song which feels pretty strange

ufo, Sunday, 12 July 2015 13:24 (two years ago) Permalink

I think that glistening synth in the background is part of the reason it feels that way, but mostly the fact the song is actually three choruses held together. If it wasn't for the idiosyncratic delivery and lyrics (I can practically see the <3 written on the notepad after "Britney Spears, she's fierce!" couplet) it would be such an obvious attempt at a break-out hit.

I realised today that the album reminds me of the MØ album from last year a lot, but taken a step up.

There's a lot of this album that's really fun to sing along to because the melodies are so strong, but it's actually hard to hit those notes - not because she's a strong voice but because she's got a massive range and works in different registers and makes it sound so effortless. I love the pre-chorus to "Ego" where she just soars upwards over the drums, it is timeless pop songwriting executed perfectly.

boxedjoy, Sunday, 12 July 2015 22:05 (two years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

This is now my favourite album of the year so far.

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 22 September 2015 09:32 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah more people need to be listening to this record

j. winters (josh), Tuesday, 22 September 2015 17:19 (two years ago) Permalink

Check out her cover of "...Baby One More Time" also.

Jeff W, Tuesday, 22 September 2015 18:41 (two years ago) Permalink

Easily my fave of the year. Compulsive x 1000.

mr.raffles, Tuesday, 22 September 2015 19:33 (two years ago) Permalink

after a month of listening to nothing but Emotion this was an interesting shift. i've been a huge fan ever since the jukebox covered her years ago and it would've been an interesting shift anyway

i'm split on the massive and unexpected reggae injection, which is usually rmde territory, but the best thing about this album is how it smashes together these minor key and major key melodies. this whole album is really just a lot of unexpected smashing-togethers. Emotion is a really really great album with virtually no surprises; Kiddo i probably like less but it sounds positively experimental in comparison

there's some songs i'll probably never not skip (the three between ego and #1 tbh) but i've already ended up in endless repeat loops of ego and brag (and "Loud" like a year ago). very annoyed working song is spotify-exclusive, i want it on a cd not my dumb radio/phone connector

qualx, Sunday, 27 September 2015 05:23 (two years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

i just realized that Tove Stryke's "Even If I'm Loud It Doesn't Mean I'm Talking To You" is a 2015 revision of Tony Basil's "Mickey" in tempo, attitude and subject matter and I really really like it.

a llove spat over a llama-keeper (forksclovetofu), Friday, 23 October 2015 18:07 (two years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

this is still fantastic, could listen to Ego forever

ufo, Thursday, 24 December 2015 12:16 (two years ago) Permalink

Haven't been many songs better than "Ego" this year that's for sure (maybe only one in my books). so perfectly, beautifully constructed; the firework sound effects at the end are an appropriate victory lap

art baengels (monotony), Thursday, 24 December 2015 13:06 (two years ago) Permalink

As far as any kind of rankings go, this is my fourth favorite song of the year.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 24 December 2015 13:12 (two years ago) Permalink

it's certainly top five for me at the very least, I love how effortlessly it flows, her voice in the chorus, the way the synths build at the end, everything

ufo, Thursday, 24 December 2015 13:40 (two years ago) Permalink

Yeah, Ego is in my top five songs of the year too. The whole album is great but that's the one I keep going back to.

Kitchen Person, Thursday, 24 December 2015 13:54 (two years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

I still listen to this like it just came out. Def all-time for me.

Trying to not have unrealistic expectations for the next record, whenever that comes!

mr.raffles, Friday, 24 June 2016 13:13 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

wondering what she's up to led us to this from earlier this year:

Bandol soleil for the St. Tropez tan (outdoor_miner), Saturday, 27 August 2016 06:22 (one year ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

Looking forward to this. I'm hoping that means a new album is coming soon. Both of her albums are so good.

kitchen person, Tuesday, 25 April 2017 14:35 (ten months ago) Permalink


boxedjoy, Friday, 28 April 2017 09:08 (nine months ago) Permalink


Jeff W, Friday, 28 April 2017 19:33 (nine months ago) Permalink

my infatuation for this new single has made me revisit Kiddo and I think it's important to reassert that it is in fact the greatest pop album in many years

boxedjoy, Monday, 1 May 2017 01:11 (nine months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Acoustic version of #SayMyName produced by Björn Yttling is out now! 🍒🐻

— Tove Styrke (@tovestyrke) June 16, 2017

groovypanda, Friday, 16 June 2017 08:56 (eight months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

i really really like "Mistakes", looking forward to whenever the album is out

ufo, Thursday, 14 September 2017 15:02 (five months ago) Permalink

groovypanda, Friday, 15 September 2017 07:23 (five months ago) Permalink

I read somewhere that she was done with albums for a bit and was just planning to release singles, "the way we listen to pop has changed" or something?

Anyway this is great in a weird way and I love how she manages to bring such personality to her songs through her style of singing, those "highs and lows" are so charismatically fun

boxedjoy, Friday, 15 September 2017 18:05 (five months ago) Permalink

'Kiddo' absolutely was the best pop record of the last however many years!
Was totally bummed she cancelled the NY show this month. :/

"Say My Name" was good, but this is a bit more like it.

mr.raffles, Friday, 15 September 2017 18:51 (five months ago) Permalink

xp This snippet seems to hint otherwise:

Mistakes is the second single from a new album she’s just cancelled a US tour with Bleachers to finish.

groovypanda, Friday, 15 September 2017 19:17 (five months ago) Permalink

Great new track, and yes an album is coming.

Jeff W, Friday, 15 September 2017 19:28 (five months ago) Permalink

very thankful for this update!

boxedjoy, Friday, 15 September 2017 22:52 (five months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Lorde cover

Jeff W, Friday, 15 December 2017 20:26 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

another single:

monotony, Friday, 2 February 2018 00:52 (three weeks ago) Permalink

This is a good, catchy song, but she sounds less and less distinctive with each new track.

Album is currently called 'Sway' and scheduled for early May:

Jeff W, Friday, 2 February 2018 12:53 (three weeks ago) Permalink

yeah this is definitely the weakest of the singles so far. looking forward to the album, i still especially love Mistakes

ufo, Friday, 2 February 2018 12:56 (three weeks ago) Permalink

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