Vilja Bli

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Vilja Bli
Oskar Linnros-Vilja Bli.jpg
Studio album by Oskar Linnros
Released June 9, 2010
Genre Soul, Pop
Length 34:28
Label Universal
Producer Oskar Linnros
Singles from Vilja Bli
  1. "Ack, Sundbyberg"
    Released: January 28, 2010
  2. "Från och med Du"
    Released: May 10, 2010

Vilja Bli (Wanting to Become) is the first solo album of the Swedish singer Oskar Linnros after leaving the group Snook. The album was released on June 9, 2010 in Sweden. So far four singles have been released, "Ack, Sundbyberg", "Från och med Du", "25" and "Genom eld". The entire album was written, played and produced by Oskar Linnros.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Aftonbladet 4/5 stars link
Dagens Nyheter 4/5 stars link
Göteborgs-Posten 2/6 stars link
Sydsvenskan 4/5 stars link
Expressen 3/5 stars link

Initial response to Vilja Bli was positive. The album received very good reviews[2][3] and influential music journalist Jan Gradvall wrote that the album "is one of the most complete and hit-filled Swedish debut album I have heard".[4] He also compared Linnros' songwriting abilities to those of Tomas Ledin, Magnus Uggla and Björn Skifs, artists that were all extremely popular in Scandinavia during the late 80s and early 90s. At the Swedish website Kritiker.se, similar to Metacritic, the album received an average score of 3,7 out of 5 possible, based on 24 reviews.[5] September 1, 2010 Linnros won two Rockbjörn awards, one for the album featured song "Från och med Du" in the category "Swedish Song of the Year", and one in the category "Breakthrough of the Year".[6]

Music[edit]

The sound of the album was compared to Swedish artists such as Mauro Scocco, Orup and Peter LeMarc. In fact, Linnros mentions Al Green as an influence, taking a musical aim at the mid-70s with happy melodies and lyrics about agonizing relationships.[7] Unhappiness is pointed out as the consistent theme of the album. Other musical influences are Hall & Oates, Led Zeppelin and soul music in general. Linnros also mentions heavy Swedish drama films as an inspiration to the album, including the works of the Swedish director Björn Runge.[8]

Album cover[edit]

The album cover features Linnros sitting down topless covered in black paint. Linnros himself said that they were looking for album cover ideas for almost a year to find the right expression and that he chose to be topless on the cover because it said most about the music and because it felt honest and personal.[9] The color black was chosen simply because it was neat. He also said that there were at least as much work with all the visuals surrounding the album in the form of artwork, trailers and preparing for live performances as it has been with the music.[10]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Genom eld" (Through Fire) 4:21
2. "25" 3:48
3. "Från och med du" (From You On) 3:13
4. "Ballad från en loftsäng" (Ballad from a Loft Bed) 1:12
5. "Debut" 4:56
6. "Kaffe/Cigg" (Coffee/Cigs) 0:59
7. "Din mamma" (Your Mother) 4:26
8. "Växande molnighet" (Growing Cloudiness) 0:37
9. "Annie Hall" 2:52
10. "Ack, Sundbyberg" (Alas, Sundbyberg) 3:55
11. "Ulla och Åke" (Ulla and Åke) 3:58

Charts, certifications and sales[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Universal Music 2010.
  2. ^ Dagens Nyheter 2010.
  3. ^ Aftonbladet 2010a.
  4. ^ Gradvall.se 2010.
  5. ^ Kritiker.se 2010.
  6. ^ Aftonbladet 2010b.
  7. ^ Aftonbladet 2010c.
  8. ^ YouTube 2010.
  9. ^ Café 2010.
  10. ^ Musiknyheter 2010.
  11. ^ "Vilja Bli - swedish charts" (in Swedish). swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2010-11-02. 
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 26, 2015. Retrieved May 20, 2016. 

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