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.

Score: 9.5/10

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George
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George

She can’t sing in english. FACT.

Anna
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Anna

Sanna is amazing a really star! Good she realese an album, should all participating artist in ESC of course do! I like Undo but it’s the only one I’ll listen to from the album

Charles
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Charles

@Pete: Conchita is too damn busy defending us all because we are unstoppable. And since there are so many Prides to be part of … no time for music … if such time ever shows up.

Fiebreq
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Fiebreq

It’s a good album. Love “Rainbow” and “Skydivin”.

Ani
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Ani

Good with an album but wished for more and the songs i s really not so good!

Charles
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Charles

Rainbow is the best track of the whole album for me … it was already in the ep, so no surprises here. Stunning song and yes better than Undo If I may say. And I really don’t mind at all that it rips off so in your face both Beyoncé´s “Hallo” and Kelly Clarkson´s “Already Gone” which are a rip off one another for those who might remember that whole debacle between Clarkson and Ryan Tadder. Tadder would be hypocrite if he dared to say Rainbow is a copy paste of his 2 songs … considering he is like Max… Read more »

Gavin
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Gavin

Dissapointing!

I bought the EP and totally loved ‘rainbow’ and ‘you first loved me’ and I was looking forward to the album.

However the EP counts for 50% of the album and the 4 ‘new’ songs just ain’t that interesting. I expected more and wish I had not of spent the money straight off on the album.

After 7 years you would want to show off a bit more right?

Alex
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Alex

i’ll listen to the album on Spotify! Can’t wait!

I can’t at the winner not having a studio album out yet or a new single

ESCFan
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ESCFan

Good for the fans with an album but I’ve listen to the album but could not hear any good song

Solana
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Solana

I was listening the whole album on spotify and It’s awesome!

Pete
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Pete

I mean should have done like Sanna Nielsen !

Pete
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Pete

This is what the winner of Eurovision also should do, release an album ! Learn of Sanna Nielsen !

Deven O'Kearney
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Deven O'Kearney

You see, this is why Sweden is doing so well in ESC, they send out their absolute best singers and songwriters. If Ireland sent the likes of The Script, Audrey Gallagher or even Ryan Dolan (With a really powerful and passionate song), we would ABSOLUTELY win in a landslide.

the truth
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the truth

It is an incredible album. This lady has tons of talent. What a voice!