The Wannadies - Before And After
POSTED: AUGUST 19TH, 2003
While often (unfairly) dismissed as sugary prophets of the pop-rock order, The Wannadies remain fiercely commited to pushing their artistic confines (however slight their efforts often appear). As with 2001's underrated 'Yeah!', 'Before And After' is a further step on from the earlier, more familiar work of this Swedish quartet. For sure, the spine of much of this recording is formed from contagious hooks, stinging power chords and alluring harmonies, but there resides a spiky impudence here that separates 2003's Wannadies from the band that penned the ubiquitous 'You and Me Song'and subsequently suffered from its overbearing success. Lead single 'Skin' is a radio-friendly rock vixen, but it's with the delightfully curt 'Piss On You' and 'Disko' that the Wannadies truly reveal the distance they've covered. A very welcome return.