Basshunter
LOL


3.5
great

Review

by Bfhurricane USER (9 Reviews)
May 18th, 2009 | 19 replies | 7,680 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Far from serious, but absolutely fun, LOL is a really good dance album.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Basshunter is a tough guy to take seriously. At the age of 15, he exposed himself to the world of synthetic noise with the help of a computer program called Fruityloops. And this was 1999, so assume he had Windows 98 at the very best. Today, ten years later, he still lives with his parents in Sweden, where hobbies include video gaming and trips to Tylosand, Sweden’s most exquisite beach. Because the beaches in Sweden are, well, fantastic and all. A Swedish beach bum computer nerd… couldn’t possibly have better makings for an up and coming Dance artist. Oh yeah, did I mention his debut album is entitled “LOL <(^^,)>”?

LOL is a very fun album to digest. One of the most noticeable things about LOL is the fact that it’s in two languages, English and Swedish, and Basshunter does most of the singing himself. Regardless of the language, it’s damn catchy, which would explain how the lead single, “Boten Anna,” made the No. 2 spot in the Holland sales chart (which happens to be a big deal, because the Dutch and the Swedes have an apparent dislike for eachother. I believe Altmer is one of our resident European experts and can probably confirm this).

Listening to Basshunter sing in Swedish is one of the coolest things about the album. We all know you don’t listen to dance music for the singing, however. It’s for the beats. It’s for that catchy, synthetic, over produced series of electronic loops. It’s for that bass, which, not so surprisingly, Basshunter delivers. The lead single, Boten Anna, is probably the best track on the album. It was an instant hit in all of Europe, specifically Scandinavia, and is one of the reasons Basshunter quickly became one of the most sought after DJs in Sweden. It has an excellent lead beat and a very memorable vocal style, all qualities of a good dance song. These qualities remain constant throughout the album, and every song has a large sense of depth. While most of the other tracks don’t stand out from each other, all are very good. As far as I’m concerned, Basshunter writes all of his songs himself, composes the tunes, loops, and produces all of the tracks. It’s almost surprising at how this one guy wrote everything on this album by himself.

The album is full of seriously great beats. I guess the best way to put it is awesome electronic riffs – they’re cheesy enough to create a fun atmosphere, but layered and complex enough to add a sense of seriousness. Basshunter is a guy who takes pride in his creative juices, and he’s got them. His singing, especially the Swedish passages, adds a foreign and mystical sense to songs like “Between the Two of Us” and “Strand Tylosand.” It’s got traces of stereotypical techno, but it’s far from conventional.

However, there’s a certain sense of prematurity in this album. The lyrics are, quite frankly, silly. Boten Anna is a song about how Basshunter went months thinking that a moderator on his website was a bot, when in reality it was a real woman named Anna, causing a strange humiliation that inspired him to write the song. DotA is about a Real-Time Strategy scenario in Warcraft III. The title choices are cheesy, and the style is just as carefree. I mean, the title of the album is called LOL. Is this all a bad thing? Hardly at all.

Fortunately, characteristics such as silliness and cheesiness are completely welcome in dance music. The carefree manner in which Basshunter made this album reflects much more of a young, fun, humorous style that resembles the fun manner in which dance music ought to be enjoyed. This is an album for dorm room parties and social situations where you want to set a fun mood. It’s all head-bopping, fist-pumping, hands-in-the-air-and-jumping action from Basshunter, and it’s perfect for your next party. Like many artists that have literally nothing to do with their free time, Basshunter was able to conceive a very good work in LOL.

Bottom Line:

Most electronic music CDs are compilations of various artists, different styles, and unorganized for the sake of a varied party playlist, which is absolutely fine considering dance music is a very loose genre. LOL is the opposite – it has 18 dance tracks that are all gifted with the same style and grace that Basshunter applies to his songs, which almost goes against the notion that dance music is a specialty genre. LOL, given its continuity and consistency, is definitely well into the mainstream and it is absolutely worth a buy. Anyone with a decent dance collection would really be doing themselves a favor by having this album on them.

3.5/5. It’s a great dance CD, but it will be a while before something techno merits anything close to a classic rating. It’s totally fun and carefree, and worth your money for your next party.



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Bfhurricane
May 18th 2009



6194 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I just realized that the album tracks listed here are for the Swedish version of the album. Not too much of a difference, but depending on where you live you'll get a slightly different album. I'm in North America, so that release is what I based my review off of.

This Message Edited On 05.18.09

PanasonicYouth
May 18th 2009



7411 Comments


Mmm, this has DotA on it. I love that song for some reason.

gaslightanthem
May 18th 2009



5209 Comments


oh hell no

Phantom
May 18th 2009



8930 Comments


Now You're Gone (which looks like it isn't on this album) was everywhere last year. Ok song. Doubt I'd want to hear a whole album though.

Bfhurricane
May 18th 2009



6194 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Now You're Gone is basically Boten Anna with elementary English lyrics, good song but not exactly a standout. It's on the North American release.

MassiveAttack
May 18th 2009



2688 Comments


Used to play Dota and the whole character lines in the song are hilarious.

Douglas
May 19th 2009



9056 Comments


Lols

Kiran
Emeritus
May 19th 2009



6000 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

(which happens to be a big deal, because the Dutch and the Swedes have an apparent dislike for eachother. I believe Altmer is one of our resident European experts and can probably confirm this).

I'm Swedish and I'm 98% sure we've never had anything against the Dutch, other then that one tiny war with Denmark where they got involved, in the 1500s or whenever.

His singing, especially the Swedish passages, adds a foreign and mystical sense to songs like “Between the Two of Us” and “Strand Tylosand.”

The review was ok but I thought that line was pretty bad. I mean, it's Basshunter, not Sigur Ros.



Dragon_Prince
May 19th 2009



272 Comments


Idd, and I am Dutch :P I don't dislike Swedes, I think not a normal thinking male of any part of the world could dislike Swedes, I mean those girls ... ;) :P

But I do remember that song being played all the time, I enjoyed it ;p

Bfhurricane
May 19th 2009



6194 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Alright, I'll make note that there are no hostilities between the Dutch and the Swedes, that's just a statistic taken off of Basshunter's website that they really made a huge deal about.

And about that line, I suppose you're right. I just think it's pretty damn cool, that's all.

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Streetvulture
May 19th 2009



361 Comments


Didn't this guy host an orgy or something?

iamthesword
May 19th 2009



31 Comments


I'm Swedish and I'm 98% sure we've never had anything against the Dutch, other then that one tiny war with Denmark where they got involved, in the 1500s or whenever.


You have obviously never gone skiing in Austria, kind sir.

I'll have to listen to this album. I actually quite like "Boten Anna", though I'm not too high on "DotA".

cirq
December 24th 2009



9263 Comments


WHOOO DANCE PARTY!!

kab753
December 16th 2010



12 Comments


Best Dance/Techno album ever.

bunnyxd
March 8th 2011



68 Comments


The MOst pathetic album of all time, This BAND SUCKS Biggest Loser of all time. No. 1 on the most pathetic artist of all time. Justin Bieber is Better then This

ncguitar
May 21st 2011



2402 Comments


cool

Cipieron
August 2nd 2013



3508 Comments


Professional Party People use to be my jam back in the day.


d[o_O]b

this guy sucked hardcore after he got 'Americanized'

Gwyn.
August 2nd 2013



14888 Comments


album name leads me to believe that this is awful

Digging: Buzzov-en - Sore

Cipieron
August 2nd 2013



3508 Comments


nah

they are some good jams on here, some bad



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