Mag­nus Carl­son

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★★★★ A Nordic Soul COS­MOS MU­SIC. CD/DL/LP UK de­but from Swe­den’s premier soul man.

Swe­den’s Mag­nus Carl­son has 16 al­bums to his name in his home coun­try, sev­eral of which have gone plat­inum or gold. The lat­est, a col­lec­tion of North­ern soul-style songs in Swedish made Num­ber 1. He’s since recorded it in English for his first UK re­lease. Put down in Paul Weller’s Black Barn stu­dio, it fan­fares his rich voice rooted in the ’60s masters. Mu­si­cally, songs are bright, brassy, re­call­ing the ’80s pop-soul of The Style Council, Blow Mon­keys, Red­skins – Fay Hal­lam of ’80s Mod band Makin’ Time guests on Now That It’s Over, one of the key tracks. Else­where, From Now On, a whirl­wind of horns, or­gan and drums recre­ates the sound of Wi­gan Casino. Ebul­lient cov­ers of Frankie Valli’s Beg­gin’ and Ed­die Hol­man’s I Sur­ren­der fur­ther fan the soul flame.

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