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Northern Portrait - Napoleon Sweetheart EP

  by Anthony Strutt

published: 11 / 10 / 2008

Northern Portrait - Napoleon Sweetheart EP
Label: Matinee Recordings
Format: CDS


Excellent second EP from Danish group Northern Portrait, which carries on the the spirit of early Gene, the Smiths and One Thousand Violins

‘Napoleon Sweetheart’ is the second release from Danish band Northern Portrait and follows on from their ‘Fallen’ aristocracy EP of earlier this year. It features another great 4 songs that carry on the spirit of early Gene, the Smiths and One Thousand Violins. It opens with ‘I Give You Two Seconds to Entertain Me’, which was the second song that Northern Portrait ever recorded, but this is a remix of that original. It has crisp and clean vocals from singer Stefan Larsen and a sharp acoustic guitar sound. It is very much a sing-a-long song, and is guaranteed to bring a smile to the face. ‘Sporting a Scar’ is another song that speaks straight to the heart and has strong guitars to assist.‘In an Empty Hotel’ is basically a rewrite of the Smiths’ ‘The Boy with the Thorn in his Side’, but with different lyrics. ‘Our Lambrusco Days’ is a soul searching number and starts off as an acoustic track, before the rest of the band kick in and add their magic. EP of the year, along with their last one ! My new favourite band of the year.

Track Listing:-
1 I Give You Two Seconds To Entertain Me
2 Sporting A Scar
3 In An Empty Hotel
4 Our Lambrusco Days

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