April 24, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

Been There

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Ebba Forsberg
We gave it a B

”Lost Count,” the enervated, trampled-underfoot ballad that’s also the first single by this Swedish singer-composer, sets the tone for the rest of her debut. In a benumbed calm, Forsberg enunciates sister Kajsa Ribbing’s lyrics about low self-esteem, fizzled hopes and romances, and emotional scars; ”You Surprise Me” is about thinking so little of yourself that you’re shocked, shocked, by an ex-lover’s continued interest. The music is equally unprepossessing — rooted in tremulous pianos and percussion, much of it feels like Sade demos. Been There is agreeable, modestly arresting folk-pop, but Madonna needs to chat with her latest signing about self-worth. B

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