Rewireviews Dec 2002

The Celophane Flower
Too Good To Be Famous
Flower Productions, 2002.

8/10


Fifth album from Swedish collective The Celophane Flower marks a new era in singing/songwriting. Too Good To Be Famous is a collection of similar genres sharply divided along aberrated lines of lush, Americana, and Brit-pop. ‘Betrayal’ is as good as the best melody by Trembling Blue Stars, while ‘As Beautiful As You Are’ will tear right through you just like Chris Isaak would had he sang with My Bloody Valentine. Alt.country/Ryan Adams sounding ‘Billy Jim Bob’s Blues’ (“Lord almighty understand/ It’s not easy to be free”) and ‘Always Apart’ would make a grand hit with John Peel.
Singer/guitarist/songwriter Jim Bragde sounds as melancholic within the slow-moving traffic of ‘Bourbon Dreams’ as Kurt Cobain once did before him, and as achingly as guitarist/singer Andy Hansson does on super-stellar ‘Loved Alone’—a song worth buying the album on behalf of which alone.
Although the insert claims that Andy Hansson wrote ‘Country Song’, it sounds as if James Yorkston & The Athletes and Chris Mills contributed their finest to it. On ‘Clay’, it sounds as if David Garza had made a sudden re-appearance before ultra-dynamic slowey ‘Lighten Up The Dark’ and breadthful ‘Something Sad’—the latter almost fooling me for ‘Under Pressure’ the first few seconds—a Mojave 3-type rock anthem.
The Celophane Flower might be the greatest Swedish discovery this winter, specifically that they’re in a different field than all other common names from that frost-bitten influenced country. 8.

-ea01/December 2002