"Ever since Reading The Pilgrims Progress by John Buyan i have been inspired to go on a journey – This isnt it" …. This is the blog of a Man 34 living in a city he is learning to love, meeting people he doesn't understand, loving dogs who cant talk back, trying to live a greener life, yearing for 'fireside' moments with someone he's not found and basically just getting on with a life full of fun, anger, fear, love, Kylie and contradiction the best he can – just like everyone else – obviously.
Some years ago my ever wandering musical taste happened on Måns Zelmerlöw – a Swedish pop artist who at the time had an album (Stand By For – released 2007) packed full of Eurovision style pop. Well fast forward a few years and here he is … Still unreleased in the UK and pretty much everywhere except Sweden but with a mature pop sound that I am liking very much.
The Barcelona Sessions was released in February this year and if I was to compare it to something currently in our charts I would say Gary Barlow, but only because the songs which he also writes himself are so good, and love his music or not no-one can deny Barlow’s talent as a writer. Måns however has a richer, funkier and more urban sound, his euro pop days are long gone and I hope he will be released into the UK soon as he will do well. Something else long gone is the cute clean-shaven hunk look – with some grittier music comes a look that would cause a pile up on Old Compton St, it would be remiss of me not to comment on the fact that he is stunningly attractive something only improved by the beard and dark crop.
The album is well worth downloading as every track is a great listen, with lyrics that strike with the emotions. Highlights are Broken Parts – a Leave Right Now style epic, Paralells – a quiet piano led reflective song and Burning Stars – which is my favourite on the album its like a Take That song, with a bit of Tom Baxter in the mix.
Another not inconsiderable reason to love him is that he supports equality and recently presented the QX Gay Gala in Sweden, singing In The Navy with changed lyrics criticising Putin and Russia’s homophobic stance. He also swung onto the stage naked – yes naked – on a wrecking ball in a parody of Miley Cyrus – and the body! Well there is a video below ….
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