LYCKA TILL: Self-titled: CD

Really jolly-sounding scrappy punk from Sweden, with some quite prominent trumpet. There’s an acoustic guitar along with the electric, so I would say this comes off more folky than ska-like. I know part of it is the voices, but this actually reminds me of some of the early Millencollin. Since a lot of the songs are in Swedish, I didn’t notice how dark or political a lot of the songs were until I looked up the lyrics with translations on the Plan-It-X site. A lot of the songs sound so happy and poppy that I kind of assumed they were about hanging in the woods with some reindeer, gathering lingonberries, sledding, and whatever other chilled-out activities people do in Sweden. All in all, it’s a pretty fun record that is worth picking up. Also, I dunno if it’s just me, but I swear like four of the songs use the melody from “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard.” Anybody else getting that?

 –Adrian (Plan-It-X)