Måns Zelmerlöw — beloved winner of Eurovision 2015 — has seen his career go from strength-to-strength since the contest. And on Friday he sent his månsters into meltdown with the release of his seventh album Chameleon, which you can purchase on iTunes.
Three of his previous albums have already charted at number one on the Swedish Albums Chart, with the latest, Perfectly Damaged, going platinum. But surprisingly Måns says it’s taken a lot of time to develop confidence and self-belief.
Speaking in a press release timed with today’s album launch he said: “As a singer, I was actually quite disposed of in the beginning! It feels as if the audience saw my potential before I did.”
The “Heroes” singer made it clear he’s found meaning in his music.
“It’s all about finding your own voice, to know that it holds and singing things that really matter to you. When you go into the studio and turn out the lights, it becomes very clear if you’re rooted in the songs and the lyrics.”
Review of Chameleon
Måns’s latest single “Glorious” serves as a perfect opener for Chameleon. With its anthemic intro that eventually bursts into a breakbeat chorus, it makes an intriguing start.
But after such a heroic entrance, what follows is a little underwhelming. “Beautiful Lie”, “Happy Land”, “Renegades” and “Fire in the Rain” all sound too familiar. “Fire in the Rain” is undoubtedly the best out of four — and a very good song in its own right. But it’s listed after the other three, so it might fail to set you on fire.
The album’s upbeat tracks — “Whistleblower” and “Primal” — do not exactly scream originality, but at least they bring some excitement. Stylistically “Whistleblower” is among the most radio-friendly. It’s something new for Måns and he does it very well.
“Glorious”, “Hanging on to Nothing” and “Wrong Decision” emerge as the standout tracks. “Wrong Decision” might sound reminiscent of Enrique Iglesias’s “Hero”, but lyrics-wise it’s probably the best track on the album. “Hanging on to Nothing” features a more soulful sound and is probably Måns’s best vocal performance of the lot. His voice is dead sexy.
Chameleon embodies Måns’s wish to mix it up — showing that he’s a master of genres including pop, electropop, pop rock, folktronica and even soul. That he can contort his tongue and style and slay each genre is great. But at times it seems he has made a mish-mash collection of genres that are currently popular simply to make sure the album is a commercial success.
Regardless of the motives, Chameleon is a quality pop record. Every song is well-produced and the lyrics possess far more depth than most songs you’ll find in the charts. It’s obvious he and his team approached this with great care, and it’s worth a download.
So what’s your verdict? Is Måns truly a musical chameleon, or is he still dancing with the demons in his mind? Tell us what you think in the comments section below