El Perro del Mar

    From the Valley to the Stars

    7.5
    Control Group / Tcg - April 22, 2008

    A greater range of Sarah Assbring’s squeaky-clean vocals and an inventive twist on pop theory pushes El Perro Del Mar’s second release leagues beyond the cheery, stylized pop of her self-titled debut.

     

    “Inner Island” is serene, bringing the thoughtfully articulated “Don’t cast away/ Your inner island” in line with a simply crafted and lush soundscape. “Somebody’s Baby” is a well-rounded, party-perfect jingle, the high point in a collection of melodies that, for the first time, truly communicate the many moods of Assbring.

     

    Stronger, more contemplative feelings are at work here; gone are the sugary la-la-la’s and superficial lyrics inserted on cue. A subtle dispatch of Sweden’s Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and the capable accompaniment of some of Sweden’s up-and-coming performers have launched El Perro Del Mar further toward a place of her own.

     

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    Band: http://elperrodelmar.com

    Label: http://www.controlgroupco.com

    Audio: http://www.myspace.com/elperrodelmar

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