The self-titled debut full-length album of Virgin Suicide is laden with shiny pop touches, somehow sounding like 80’s synth-pop and 60’s girl-pop all at the same time. It’s a bouncy tuneful fun-time, as melodic as you like. Co-produced with Raveonettes veteran Sune Rose Wagner and released by Nordic Music Society.
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'Virgin Suicide', then: a five-piece -- led by Martin Grønne with Terkel, Kristian 1, Kristian 2 and Simon -- with a terrible, terrible name. The music can surely only excel any expectations engendered by those two words together, you’d think? Well, yes... It’s pretty darn good as it happens.
Opener ‘Sedate Me’ is clearly inspired by a love for 80s jangle-pop in a bouncy, positive Nordic way of course. Plus, it’s a very catchy song. Which helps. ‘2nd Wave’, Terkel’s sole songwriting credit with Martin in control of that side of things, is even bouncier and catchier. It’s all very sunny. Shiny and pastel-hued. On the production credit is Sune Rose Wagner of Raveonettes, which makes sense, but with all his usual darkness airbrushed away. ‘However You Want Me’ kind of reminds me of Heart. It brings side A of the vinyl to an 80s soft-rock conclusion.
'My Girl’ on side B continues Martin and co’s obsession with power pop guitar riffs and twinkling keyboards. This is like being trapped in a John Hughes film. ‘The Thrill’ jangles relentlessly. ‘It’s Never Gonna Be The Same’ is the slower tune, with a keyboard lifted from a b-side by 80s sell-out The Cars. ‘Virgin Suicide’ is the lead single, a hummably pleasant jangler. Power pop guitar dominates the closing track, ‘Marble Sky’. This album has a ‘7’ written all over it, so that’s what I’ll give it. Seems fair to me. Molly Ringwald would agree, I'm sure.
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