Pitkä ihana leikki

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Pitkä ihana leikki
The cover artwork showing an over exposed photograph of a woman's face
Studio album by Maija Vilkkumaa
Released 23 August 1999 (1999-08-23)
22 May 2000 (2000-05-22) (Peltipainos)
Genre Pop rock
Length 44:27[1]
Label Warner Music Finland
Maija Vilkkumaa chronology
Pitkä ihana leikki
Meikit, ketjut ja vyöt
Alternative cover
The cover artwork shows an obscure picture of the face and the upper chest of a woman. the picture is overexposed in a greenish, white light.
Cover for the 2000 edition
Pitkä ihana leikki – peltipainos
Singles from Pitkä ihana leikki
  1. "Satumaa-tango"
  2. "Salaa"
  3. "Auringonpimennys"
  4. "Hiuksissa hiekkaa"
  5. "Tähti"

Pitkä ihana leikki (in English: Long Sweet Game) is the debut album by Finnish pop rock singer-songwriter Maija Vilkkumaa, released by Warner Music in Finland on 23 August 1999.[2] The songs are written and composed by Vilkkumaa.

Considered as a fresh new release on the Finnish pop rock scene by music critics, Pitkä ihana leikki was favorably critiqued for its imaginative lyrical content for which Vilkkumaa, according to her, partially got the inspiration from the 1980s Finnish rock band Dingo. The album debuted at number 12 on the Finnish Albums Chart, peaking third the next week, then going variably down spending there 29 weeks.[3] Pitkä ihana leikki has sold over 38,000 copies to date in Finland, which has granted it a gold certification.[4] In 2000, Vilkkumaa re-released the album under the title Pitkä ihana leikki – peltipainos ("Sheet Metal Edition"), with one extra song, "Peltirumpu".[5]


Five singles were released from the album.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Pitkä ihana leikki was well received by music critics that thought it fulfilled the expectations set by its lead single "Satumaa-tango" played in early 1999. On the August 1999 volume of Finnish rock magazine Soundi, Jorma Jortikka gave the album four out of five stars, complimenting the album for "inventive melodies and perceptive lyrics", though recognizing "a few clumsy metaphores". He praised Pitkä ihana leikki for its "credibility", "overwhelming cheerfulness" and lack of aspirations for being overly artistic.[6]

Likewise, Roope Lehtinen from City magazine gave the album four out of five stars. Noting the album's "strong lean on Dingo's tradition", Lehtinen praised the structures of the songs for "sense of drama", "catchy choruses" and "schlager-ish suppleness". Differing from Dingo's "metaphorical mazes", the lyrics are "sensible and brisk". Furthermore, Lehtinen credits the album for "outstanding self-irony" and "themes and narrators changing throughout the album" that make it stand out from average Finnish "self-centered" pop. However, he notes the album's own one-size-fits-all nature that manages to "please all listeners". Summing up the downsides of the "well-produced" record, he considers "Timantti" and "Salaa" "idle" and "Vähän ennen" too dance-ish.[7]

Antti J. Ravelin from Allmusic gave a positive review of the album saying Vilkkumaa's first live performances and "Satumaa-tango" "promised a lot" and that the new artist emerging in the then-sparse scene of Finnish female singer-songwriters "also relied on rock, and so her hybrid sound was extremely interesting", adding that "naïve lyrics, pop elements, and sometimes rather annoying vocals aren't bothersome". Also complimenting the musical arrangements by Janne Lehto, he considered Pitkä ihana leikki one of the best Finnish albums of 1999.[8]

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition[edit]

  • Digital download[1]
1."Ärsyttävä tapa" (Annoying Habit)3:38
2."Auringonpimennys" (Solar Eclipse)3:51
3."Satumaa-tango" (Satumaa Tango)4:51
4."Hiuksissa hiekkaa" (Sand in the Hair)3:35
5."Ystävä" (Friend)3:16
6."Ei ikinä sun" (Never Yours)3:14
7."Jäässä" (Frozen)4:43
8."Timantti" (Diamond)3:31
9."Salaa" (Secretly)3:20
10."Tyyny" (Pillow)3:26
11."Vähän ennen" (A Bit Earlier)3:42
12."Tähti" (Star)3:20

Pitkä ihana leikki – peltipainos[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Pitkä ihana leikki by Maija Vilkkumaa". 7digital. Retrieved 2011-06-10. 
  2. ^ Gargano, Luca; Vilkkumaa, Maija (2004). Maija (in Finnish). WSOY. p. 252. ISBN 951-0-29082-3. 
  3. ^ a b c "Maija Vilkkumaa: Pitkä ihana leikki" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 2013-08-26.
  4. ^ "Maija Vilkkumaa" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. 
  5. ^ a b "Diskografia" (in Finnish). Maija Vilkkumaa, Warner Music Finland. Retrieved 2011-06-09. 
  6. ^ "MAIJA VILKKUMAA – Pitkä ihana leikki". Soundi (in Finnish). A-lehdet. Archived from the original on 2012-03-11. Retrieved 2011-06-09. 
  7. ^ Lehtinen, Roope (1999-09-01). "Maija Vilkkumaa – Pitkä ihana leikki". City. Janton. Archived from the original on 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2011-06-09. 
  8. ^ "Pitkä Ihana Leikki — Maija Vilkkumaa". Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-06-09. 
  9. ^ "Pitkä ihana leikki – peltipainos by Maija Vilkkumaa". 7digital. Retrieved 2011-06-09. 
  10. ^ The first list is the list of best-selling domestic albums of 2000 in Finland and the second is that of the best-selling foreign albums:
  11. ^ a b "Maija Vilkkumaa" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 2013-08-26.