The OGAE adored her. The team at wiwibloggs couldn’t get enough of her. And, oddly enough, Ukraine couldn’t stop listening to her either. Who could it be? The one and only Sanna Nielsen, whose latest album “7” has just dropped on Spotify. The name stems from the fact Sanna finally won Melodifestivalen on her 7th attempt. The album is packed with some really amazing music. Here are the standout tracks.
The album starts out nicely with “Skydivin” a mid tempo pop ballad. Sanna’s vocals are on point in this song, and the verses build perfectly to the chorus. The drum backing adds a cool rhythm to the song, and is laid down tastefully: it compliments the slower tempo of the song rather than distracting and detracting. The chorus is catchy, and Sanna showcases her aptitude for those epic high notes.
Another stand-out track on the album, and one of my Top 3 picks, is “Rainbow”. This song is just amazing. If cut down in time it could’ve easily substituted for “Undo” in the contest. It’s more electronically inclined than other tracks on the album, but the way they infuse the beats with her voice is exemplary. The lyrics are beautiful, the chorus is epic, and the song just makes you feel good! And there’s a little surprise in the beginning of the song. Sweet Sanna uses a not-so-sweet word. Cover your ears, kiddies!
“Undo” is one of the top tracks on the album, of course, and it’s well-placed in the middle of the album. It’s a benchmark of sorts, as the following tracks “All About Love” and “Trouble” are a bit more up tempo. “Undo” oozes the Eurovision sound, with lovely synth beats that reverb behind Sanna’s powerhouse vocals. Everything just flows perfectly. There is an acoustic version at the end of the album that I also recommend: it’s got its own unique flavor and Sanna’s vocals are beautiful here.
The last song I want to highlight is “You First Loved Me”. The opening made me fall in love with this song immediately—it’s just so calm and inviting, almost as if it’s saying, “Relax from the epic electronica for just a moment.” The simplicity of this song is what makes it such a stand-out on the album. Piano backing, pure crisp vocals, beautiful lyrics—it’s simply amazing! There is a build up to a slightly more electronic chorus near the end, but it’s still very tasteful and conservative. Well done on this track Sanna, well done!
Overall, this album is spectacular and cleverly showcases Sanna in a variety of styles. She is a lot more than a schlager queen. “Breathe” includes a dub-step backing, and a catchy build-up to the chorus. “All About Love” has a slight Latin flare. “Trouble” is a tad eclectic, not in a bad way. And “Ready” is a feel good, up-tempo track that makes you want to sway and clap along. Sanna, you’ve really outdone yourself this time! I’ll definitely be keeping this album in my music collection.