A Camp, 'Colonia' (Nettwerk)

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by Shannon Zimmerman

Moonlighting Cardigan Nina Persson has a soulfully sugar-kissed voice that belies a dark knack for studding ethereal, Beatles-esque melodies with lyrical daggers. On the second album by Persson's side project -- joined by her husband, Shudder to Think's Nathan Larson, and Atomic Swing's Niclas Frisk -- the Swedish pop vet fingers love as a murder weapon, confessing seductively that it "can do you like a shotgun" ("Stronger Than Jesus"). Sardonic opening track "The Crowning" parties "like it's 1699," with revelers raising "glasses to murderous asses" amid plinking piano, majestic horns, and a lush arrangement at odds with the lyrics' pugnacious class warfare. Beguiling, gorgeous stuff -- and smartly funny, too.

Listen: A Camp, "Love Has Left The Room" (DOWNLOAD MP3)

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