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The Wannadies - Bagsy Me

by Bob Coyne Rating: Release Date:1997-05-09

Swedish popsters the Wannadies share several traits in common with their compatriots, the Cardigans. One, their songs have been used extensively in TV commercials--songs such as this album's sparkly "You And Me Song" and happy-sad, bittersweet "Hit". Two, both groups started off creating fluffy, bouncy, delightfully light-of-touch 1960s-style pop music, but later mutated into something far more serious and snarling. Rock kids, both. This means that 1996's Bagsy Me is far sweeter, far more in thrall to the Wannadies' acknowledged influences like Seattle's Posies and punk stalwarts the Buzzcocks than later offerings. And three, both bands released a debut album in the UK which wasn't actually a debut--leading to considerable confusion among fans afterwards. Bagsy Me is mainly notable for the afore mentioned singles and for the nine-minute epic "That's All", which is as catchy as sunburn in Melbourne and 10 times as fun. --Everett True

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