For the opening of ‘Liebe?’, it is business as usual for Helena Wigeborn and Jonas Rasmusson with the energetic Eurodance of ‘Dreaming Away’, although it does show some restraint from the crashing drums usually associated with TRAIN TO SPAIN.
Similarly paced and discussing “stupid things”, ‘Hide & Seek’ is not a Howard Jones cover but another immediate dancefloor friendly concoction. Meanwhile the wonderful ‘Let The Music Play’ is not the Shannon song but a glistening understated Scandipop number. Set at a less boisterous pace, it allows Wigeborn to make the most out of her voice as she optimistically declares that “It’s time for some fun now”, a feeling than many can relate to.
The touching ‘You Made Me Laugh’ has an anthemic ABBA quality in its chorus augmented by shades of OMD in its synth melodies. With the subtle use of vintage drum machine, it steers clear of being bombastic and allows the song to do the carrying.
As a bonus, Swedish electro-punk combo CAT RAPES DOG’s remix of ‘Dreaming Away’ is dark and rumbly, which may or may not suit TRAIN TO SPAIN’s usual fanbase. But on the whole, the four main songs on ‘Liebe?’ outstrip those of ‘¿Amor?’.
Text by Chi Ming Lai
2nd February 2021