Tigerdrottningen

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Tigerdrottningen
Studio album by Kent
Released April 30, 2014 (2014-04-30)
Recorded Conway Recording Studios
(Los Angeles, United States)
Genre Alternative rock, pop rock
Length 48:42
Label Sonet, Universal
Producer Kent, Daniel Alexander, Stefan Boman
Kent chronology
Jag är inte rädd för mörkret
(2012)
Tigerdrottningen
(2014)
Singles from Tigerdrottningen
  1. "La Belle Epoque"
    Released: March 12, 2014
  2. "Var är vi nu?"
    Released: July 25, 2014
  3. "Mirage"
    Released: September 3, 2014
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Aftonbladet 4/5 stars[1]
Barometern Oskarshamns-Tidningen 4/5 stars[2]
Corren.se 4/5 stars[3]
Dagens Nyheter 4/5 stars[4]
Expressen 4/5 stars[5]
Gaffa 4/6 stars[6]
Göteborgs-Posten 4/5 stars[7]
Helsingborgs Dagblad 3/6 stars[8]
Svenska Dagbladet 5/6 stars[9]
Värmlands Folkblad 4/5 stars[10]

Tigerdrottningen (Swedish for The Tiger Queen) is the eleventh studio album by Swedish alternative rock band Kent. It was released on April 30, 2014 by Sonet Records (Universal Music).[11] The album was preceded by the lead single "La Belle Epoque" on March 12, 2014.[12] "Var är vi nu?" was released as the album's second single on July 24, 2014.[13] The music video was released on May 21, 2014.[14] The third single "Mirage" was released on September 3, 2014, with an accompanying video released on the same date.[15]

Lyrically, Tigerdrottningen is more politically charged than previous albums. Lead singer Joakim Berg told Gaffa that the album was inspired by the events leading up to the 2014 Swedish election where far-right party Sweden Democrats doubled their support: "Exactly the things you were terrified of happened. The shift towards right [wing politics] followed by nationalism. It is a pattern we are seeing again and again. It also affects the Swedish music scene."[16]

Promotion[edit]

Three promotional singles were released from Tigerdrottningen through Spotify preceding the album's release: "Skogarna" on April 25, "Godhet" on April 26, and "Din enda vän" on April 27, 2014.[17]

Commercial performance[edit]

Tigerdrottningen debuted at number one on the Swedish Albums Chart on the chart dated May 9, 2014, becoming Kent's tenth consecutive number-one album.[18] The same week the album was certified gold for 20,000 copies sold.[19] On the chart dated June 5, 2014 the album was certified platinum for 40,000 copies sold.[20]

Track listing[edit]

All music and lyrics written by Joakim Berg, except "Den andra sidan" music written by Berg and Martin Sköld.[21]

No. Title Length
1. "Mirage"   5:35
2. "Var är vi nu?" (Where Are We Now?) 4:20
3. "Skogarna" (The Forests) 3:51
4. "La Belle Epoque"   3:58
5. "Svart snö" (Black Snow) 4:08
6. "Allt har sin tid" (There Is a Time for Everything) 5:12
7. "Innan himlen faller ner" (Before the Sky Falls Down) 3:52
8. "Din enda vän" (Your Only Friend) 4:19
9. "Godhet" (Goodness) (with Beatrice Eli) 4:22
10. "Simmaren" (The Swimmer) 3:55
11. "Den andra sidan" (The Other Side) 5:04

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from album liner notes.[21]

Charts[edit]

Sample of "La Belle Epoque" from the album Tigerdrottningen.

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Chart (2014) Peak
position
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[22] 3
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[23] 9
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[24] 1
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[25] 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Sweden (GLF)[20] Platinum 40,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.aftonbladet.se/nojesbladet/musik/recensioner/article18799144.ab
  2. ^ http://www.barometern.se/noje_o_kultur/kent-fortsatter-att-utvecklas(4266651).gm
  3. ^ http://www.corren.se/kultur/musik/kent-tigerdrottningen-6921507-artikel.aspx
  4. ^ http://www.dn.se/kultur-noje/skivrecensioner/en-chockgranat-fylld-med-paljetter/
  5. ^ http://www.expressen.se/noje/recensioner/musik/sa-har-bra-ar-kents-tigerdrottningen/
  6. ^ http://gaffa.se/recension/83303
  7. ^ http://www.gp.se/kulturnoje/recensioner/skivor/skivor4fyrar/1.2356423-kent-tigerdrottningen
  8. ^ http://hd.se/noje/skivor/2014/05/02/kent-tigerdrottningen/?from=rss
  9. ^ http://www.svd.se/kultur/musik/kent-tar-ytterligare-ett-steg_3511570.svd
  10. ^ http://www.vf.se/kultur-noje/fortsatt-angelaget-kent
  11. ^ Jannesson, Linn (19 March 2014). "Kent går ut med albumtitel" (in Swedish). Gaffa. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  12. ^ Abrahamsson, Kerstin (3 March 2014). "Kent släpper ny låt inför albumreleasen" (in Swedish). Expressen. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  13. ^ "Var är vi nu? – limiterad vinyl släpps 25 juli" (in Swedish). Kent.nu. 13 June 2014. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  14. ^ "Video till Var är vi nu?" (in Swedish). Kent.nu. 26 May 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  15. ^ "Mirage (Radio Edit)". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  16. ^ Bäckman, Andreas (8 January 2015). "Jocke Berg: Nationalismen påverkar Sveriges musikklimat" (in Swedish). Gaffa. Retrieved 10 January 2015. 
  17. ^ "Lyssna på spår från Tigerdrottningen redan nu" (in Swedish). Kent.nu. 25 April 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  18. ^ Olson, Claes (9 May 2014). "SVERIGETOPPLISTAN v.19 Kent ny etta" (in Swedish). Musikindustrin.se. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  19. ^ "Veckolista Album - Vecka 19, 9 maj 2014" (in Swedish). Sverigetopplistan. GLF. 2014-05-09. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  20. ^ a b "Veckolista Album - Vecka 23, 5 juni 2014" (in Swedish). Sverigetopplistan. GLF. 2014-06-05. Retrieved 2014-06-09. 
  21. ^ a b c Tigerdrottningen (booklet). Kent. Sonet Records, Universal Music. 2014. 060253777137. 
  22. ^ "Kent – Tigerdrottningen". Danishcharts.com. Hung Medien.
  23. ^ "Kent: Tigerdrottningen" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  24. ^ "Kent – Tigerdrottningen". Norwegiancharts.com. Hung Medien.
  25. ^ "Kent – Tigerdrottningen". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien.