Swedish duo Club 8 return with enjoyable new platter ‘Pleasure’

Club 8‘Pleasure’
Club 8 (Labrador)
3.5 stars out of 5

Swedish indie pop duo Club 8 first popped up on my radar in 2010 with the release of their masterful seventh full-length “The People’s Record.” That raised Club 8’s profile considerably for American audiences and whetted our appetite for 2013 follow-up “Above the City.” While that record was perfectly fine — Karolina Komstedt and Johan Angergard are too talented to deliver a clunker — I couldn’t help but be a little disappointed.

Club 8 CDSo it was with guarded optimism that I spun latest effort “Pleasure” for the first time. Happily, it’s another winner from the Swedish twosome and, though it isn’t quite on par with “The People’s Record,” the eight-track platter is more enjoyable than its predecessor.

“‘Pleasure’ is an album about love, sex and jealousy,” Komstedt says. “Musically, it is possibly our most focused release to date.”

It’s also an efficient record, clocking in at a too-short 24 minutes. That’s enough time to appreciate the pop-tastic abilities of Club 8, but it likely will leave listeners wanting a little more. Keepers include the opening tandem of “Love Dies” and “Skin,” along with Jealousy Remains,” “Movement” and set closer “Promises We Never Meany to Keep.” (Jeffrey Sisk)

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