Miike Snow

Album Review of Miike Snow by Miike Snow.

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Miike Snow

Miike Snow

Miike Snow by Miike Snow

Release Date: Jun 9, 2009
Record label: Downtown
Genre(s): Indie, Rock, Dance, Pop

62 Music Critic Score
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Miike Snow - Fairly Good, Based on 5 Critics

AllMusic - 70
Based on rating 7/10
70

To get the formalities out of the way, Miike Snow is not a singer/songwriter named Mike. Miike Snow isn't even a he, actually. It's an indie-electro pop trio, made up of singer Andrew Wyatt of Fires of Rome and Swedish (hence the double "i" in the name) mega producers Chris Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg, otherwise known as Bloodshy & Avant. Those familiar with Bloodshy & Avant's track record -- working with Britney Spears, Madonna, and Kylie Minogue -- will know that they're capable of making top-notch pop gloss geared for the dancefloor.

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PopMatters - 70
Based on rating 7/10
70

From the very first note, you know Miike Snow are Scandinavian. There’s something about the stuttering synthesizer pounding out a graciously major-key melody, with a hint of horns coming in, that is unmistakably Nordic. There’s a long line of this winning, celebratory pop with a melancholic undercurrent, running at least from Abba all the way through A-ha, Bel Canto, and the Sugarcubes; to the Cardigans, Annie, and Röyksopp.

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NOW Magazine - 60
Based on rating 3/5
60

Pity pop producers? They toil in near-anonymity, making songs that starlets ride to fame and fortune. That's why the most successful (the Neptunes, Kanye West) eventually step out on their own. This appears to be the mission of Miike Snow, a trio consisting of singer Andrew Wyatt and Swedish producers Bloodshy & Avant (Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg), who were behind Britney Spears's 2004 hit Toxic.

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Drowned In Sound - 60
Based on rating 6/10
60

As producers and songwriters for pop stars like Madonna, Kylie and Sugababes, the members of Miike Snow occupy rather a rare position for a new and little known band in that their most anonymous work is also their best known. Together the two Swedish thirds of the group, Pontus Winnberg and Kristian Carlsson, comprise pop production and song-writing duo Bloodshy and Avant, who most famously co-wrote and produced Britney Spears' 'Toxic', a song much vaulted as a high-point of manufactured noughties pop. Their partner in crime is American Andrew Wyatt, who has himself assisted Mark Ronson in production duties on the debut album by Daniel Merriweather (y'know, him what was a bit irritating on that Smiths cover).

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Pitchfork - 50
Based on rating 5.0/10
50

Even the most dependable producers tend to stumble when they step out from behind the curtain. Timbaland's Shock Value sold more than a milli, nothing to sneeze Creatine at, but its distillation of the hip-hop heavyweight's sci-fi primitivism still sounds more like a victory lap than an actual victory. Swizz Beatz had at least one solid artist album in him, but he's no rapper, as the wait for a follow-up underscores.

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