Quick Review: Erik Hassle – Pieces (a musical album)

Erik Hassle’s first album Pieces was released in the UK on February 22, 2010.  It was originally entitled Hassle in his native country of Sweden.  He is one of my favourite musicians and someone who should be getting a lot more coverage.

Track List

  1. Bump in the road
  2. Hurtful
  3. Don’t bring flowers
  4. Isn’t it obvious
  5. The thanks I get
  6. Standing where you left me
  7. Bitter end
  8. First time
  9. Love me to pieces
  10. Wanna be loved
  11. Back to bed
  12. Amelia

My personal favourite songs are Hurtful, The Thanks I Get, and Love Me to Pieces. 🙂

The style of the album seems to be quite varied, although there are always the subliminal soul and techno backdrops.  This, combined with Hassle’s earthy and sometimes gravelly voice, produce a unique quality of music that I haven’t very often.  The messages of the tracks come through loud and clear thanks to the lyrics, which are [mostly] of good quality.  Some exceptions here include:

I follow in your footsteps / To see the things you see

Pretty lies, no concern

You’re a karma killer

At least it’s only a few exceptions 😛

It’s difficult to review an album, mainly because it’s down to personal preference and – being something that you hear – it’s difficult to form your own opinion without hearing the actual music.  Thus, I’ve included links to a few YouTube videos and an amazon link, in case you’re interested in INVESTING!

On that note, I conclude this *somewhat pointless* review!

Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pieces-Erik-Hassle/dp/B002IPGXHY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1330463816&sr=8-1

Hurtful http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OZCuHmgVek

Don’t Bring Flowers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLdFQa1620w

Bump In the Road http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFxE8WoWXb0

Love Me To Pieces (live) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BV9mpXK8l38

 

He’s also sung with other artists, and does quite a few covers

Ellie Goulding ft Erik Hassle – Be Mine http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cO_rA-M7hzY

SOS (ABBA cover) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckRZCCiXq90

In For the Kill (La Roux cover) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEOYADKPdkA

xx

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