The last day of November saw the release of Eric Saade’s highly anticipated second installment of the Saade anthology, ‘Saade Vol. 2’. Naturally, pop lovers across Europe scrambled to get their copies and I have only just emerged from ASFE HQ to give my verdict.
Personally, there were four stand out tracks for me. The first is lead single Hotter Than Fire. The second is Love Is Callin’. To my ears, it sounds like a more hard-hitting version of Timeless from Saade Vol. 1. I particurlarly like the chorus, divided into three bits and each catchy and infectious in their own right. My favourite song is Backseat. The ice-cool verses combined with a chorus that builds and builds into explosive calls of “back, back, backseat!” make it the best song on the album. In fact, I’d put this on par with It’s Gonna Rain as one of Eric Saade’s best recordings. It’s exactly the sort of mature progression in sound we were expecting.
This sound continues with my other favourite song Fingerprints. It is one of the biggest moments on the album and once the chorus gets going, you can’t help getting swept away and when the “gooooo-oh-oh-oh” bit comes on, there’s no coming back. This is exactly why we love Swedish pop music! Another stand-out track worth mentioning is Rocket Science. This unlikely collaboration with Salem Al Fakir resulted in a pleasant pop song that sees an easy amalgamation of the styles of both these artists. As for the rest of the album, they are all commendable pieces of pop but are cast in the shade of afore-mentioned four songs that essentially define Saade Vol. 2.