Magnet The Tourniquet

Magnet The Tourniquet
Essentially the work of Bergen, Norway’s singer-songwriter Even Johansen, Magnet’s latest release (his second in North America), is a rare delight. His soft and dour pop songs have moved beyond their indie roots and grown into a sound that could even find a home on mainstream radio, which is not meant as an insult. His delicate and unique approach to songwriting keeps Johansen’s credibility intact, regardless of the interest from soccer moms. With a voice reminiscent of Elliott Smith or Badly Drawn Boy’s Damon Gough, he effortlessly glides through the album’s ten tracks, which maintain a relaxed tempo, but are diverse enough to avoid becoming boring. Songs like "Believe,” "Fall at Your Feet,” or the album’s opener "Hold On” stand out as the finest examples of his pop sensibilities. That said, it should be noted that his brand of pop is certainly not going to get the kids dancing. These are gentle love songs, and are definitely not designed for anyone looking for a musical challenge. This is nothing more than smooth, guilt-free, mellow pop — and it works wonderfully. (Filter)