La Belle Epoque (Kent song)

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"La Belle Epoque"
Single by Kent
from the album Tigerdrottningen
Released March 12, 2014 (2014-03-12)
Format 7" vinyl, digital download
Recorded Conway Recording Studios
(Los Angeles, United States)
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:57
Label Sonet, Universal
Writer(s) Joakim Berg
Producer(s) Kent, Daniel Alexander
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"La Belle Epoque" is a song by Swedish alternative rock band Kent from their eleventh studio album, Tigerdrottningen. It was released as the album's lead single on March 12, 2014 as a digital download.[1] It features backing vocals by singer Erik Hassle.[2]

In an interview with Gaffa, lead singer Joakim Berg explained the song's lyrics saying, "We have become a Belle Epoque-nation pointing fingers at each other, it's your fault, it's your fault". Berg further elaborated, "A friend of mine who is a political journalist says that we have become a nation of political separatists. A bunch of small groups that are all extremely offended and do not show any understanding for each other, no one wants to reconcile, nobody wants to negotiate and no one wants to compromise.[3] Annah Björk of Expressen said the song portrays "a Sweden which has lost her soul and human warmth and replaced it with knives in inside pockets and bombs at Central Station".[4]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download[5]
  1. "La Belle Epoque" – 3:57
  • 7" vinyl single[6]
  1. "La Belle Epoque" – 3:58
  2. "La Belle Epoque" (instrumental) – 3:58

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Joakim Berg – songwriter
  • Kent – producer
  • Daniel Alexander – producer
  • Stefan Boman – recording, mixer
  • Ryan Smith – mastering
  • Erik Hassle – backing vocals

Credits adapted from "La Belle Epoque" 7" vinyl liner notes.[7]


Chart (2014) Peak
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[8] 8


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Sweden (GLF)[9] Gold 20,000x

^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Abrahamsson, Kerstin (3 March 2014). "Kent släpper ny låt inför albumreleasen" (in Swedish). Expressen. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "PREMIÄR: Kent – ”La Belle Epoque”" (in Swedish). SVT. 11 March 2014. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Bäckman, Andreas (8 January 2015). "Jocke Berg: Nationalismen påverkar Sveriges musikklimat" (in Swedish). Gaffa. Retrieved 10 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Björk, Annah (30 April 2014). "Jocke Berg: "Sjukt nöjd med alla låtarna"" (in Swedish). Expressen'. Retrieved 10 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "iTunes - Musik - La belle époque - Single av Kent". iTunes Store. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "La Belle Epoque – vinylsingel" (in Swedish). 14 March 2014. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  7. ^ Kent (2014). La Belle Epoque (7" vinyl). Sonet Records, Universal Music. 060253777831. 
  8. ^ " – Kent – La belle époque". Singles Top 60.
  9. ^ "Veckolista Singlar - Vecka 19, 9 maj 2014" (in Swedish). Sverigetopplistan. GLF. 2014-05-09. Retrieved 2014-05-09.