July 23, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT
We gave it a B+

If Nico had collaborated with Phil Spector instead of Lou Reed, she might have turned out like the Concretes’ Victoria Bergsman. The frontperson of this eight-person collective delivers their moving songs for the dumped in an affectless voice as cold as a winter in Sweden (the album was recorded in a country house in the band’s native land). But the staccato horns and guitar drones bathed in Wall of Gloom reverb provide just enough warmth to ward off frost-bite.

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