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The Confusions


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"Review in Sonic Magazine Sweden"

The Story Behind the Story
Grade: 8/10
In the song "Remain", perhaps the most beautiful track on this album, the core sentence is "They say we're growing older now but I know, our dreams remain the same". It's a nice way of putting how love, or the entire life, could seem when you're no longer a kid. Maybe it's also a call for a raison d'être for the Sundsvall band The Confusions after their 15 years as a band.
The melody is a loop; hypnothically marching, so passionately restrained that you cannot be sure whether it moves backwards or forwards. Musically and singing wise the song seems to be a thoughtful masterpiece that Human League cut out from "Dare!" 1981, only not to confuse their fans.
There are sixteen other tracks on "The Story Behind the Story". On a any given album seventeen songs would be at least five songs too many, but this is not a regular album. If all albums were this thoroughly done, there would never have been a music business crisis. I naively claim this, fully aware of the fact that most bestselling albums include only one or two really good tracks.
Smashing bestsellers constitute the vital putty that creates our common references, but they are not guilty of the music business crisis - the lowest level of quality in the business are. And in this case the lowest level of quality is high because The Confusions are as far as they can get from spontaneous pranks on their seventh full-length album. They put together a melody that really works. From there they carefully add poetry and sound for eternity. Thanks to this, their six year old track "Pilot" recently got playlisted again on American radio. Thanks to this, their tunes carelessly dance out from a kaleidoscope, created of the most fascination components of pop music. At every listening new sensations arouse.

You'd might call it confusing. But if you want to hear how you in best possible way can combine the particularities of Kraftwerk, Niel Young and Joy Division, draped in an atmosphere that links a dry, Northern English year 1983 with a flourishing 1967 Californian sound, then this is the record for you.


"Review by The Evening Telegraph UK"

Trampoline - The Confusions (Massproduktion) Album. 4 out of 5
Add these guys to the list of superb Swedish bands. They Borrow from the past (60s britpop, Bowie) without the self consciousness of their Anglo Saxon peers. - Rachel Gordon and Lisa Moore

"Record Collector UK"

Scandalously overlooked in the scramble for super-Scandos, this wondrous debut manages to combine the melodious psych-pop of The Beatles' Revolver with a refreshingly lo-fi jazz weirdness... Cornflake King is the catchiest song you'll hear in 1997. - Record Collector UK on Everyone's Invited

"Album pick - Six-O-Seven"

Six-O-Seven (1998)
Reuniting with producer peter Svensson, the Confusions deliver their strongest record yet — with Six-O-Seven, frontman Mikael Andersson-Knut truly hits his stride as a songwriter, eliminating the more kitschy elements of his previous work to achieve a new consistency and depth. The thoughtful, assured sound of standouts "Time," "Blue" and "Underground" suggest the back-to-basics methodology of british bands like Ocean Colour Scene and Embrace, with a comparable sense of texture and nuance; what the Confusions do isn't terribly original, perhaps, but the conviction that drives Six-O-Seven is too rare for their music to pass unnoticed. Jason Ankeny - Jason Ankeny


A Permanent Marker (2009)
The Story Behind The Story - Mass CD-109 Massproduktion (2008)
It Sure Looks Like The Confusions But It Sounds More Acoustic - Mass CD-108 Massproduktion (2007)
5 am - Mass CD-104 Massproduktion (2006)
Trampoline - CD Mass CD-94 Massproduktion (2002)
Six-O-Seven - 557 068-2 Stockholm Records (1998)
Everyone's Invited - Mass CD-72 (1996)
Being Young - Mass CD-65 (1995)

EP and singles
Imagination - CD-ep 4 tracks Mass Cds-103 Massproduktion (2005)
Don't Let The World Catch You Crying - CD-ep 4 tracks Mass Cds-99 Massproduktion (2005)
Window - CD-ep 4 tracks Mass Cds-98 Massproduktion (2004)
Tonight - CD-single Mass Cds-95 Massproduktion (2003)
The Pilot - CD-single Mass Cds-93 Massproduktion (2002)
Raining Cigarettes - Ep 569 523-2 Stockholm Records (1998)
Steroid Hearts - Vinyl-Ep Clearspot EFA CD 05402 (1996) Released only in England
Cornflake King - Ep Mass Cds-73 (1996)
Steroid Hearts - Single Mass Cds-70 (1996)
Lovely - Ep Mass Cds-67 (1995)
Forever- Ep Mass Cds-59 (1994)
Split! Ep - Mass Cds-55 (together with Funny Farm)(1993)



THE CONFUSIONS have now established a reputation as one of Sweden's cleverest pop exports. A fistful of fine albums has more than convinced any doubters.

The band's 1996 album "Everyone's Invited" was perhaps their breakthrough, acclaimed throughout the pop press as one of the very best albums of the year. With its quirky ideas, strong melodies and inventive playing, the album is a delight: check out "Steroid hearts" or "Cornflake King", both of which did well as singles. The latter was rotated on the French equivalent to MTV, MCM International.
The album wasn't short of fans around Europe. Several of Britain's notoriously fussy music magazines praised The Confusions. Melody Maker put them above Ocean Colour Scene and other domestic bands, Record Collector called the album a "wondrous debut", while Dis-Connected said they deserved to be "bigger than ABBA".

That album was followed up in 1998 by "Six-0-Seven", once again produced by Peter Svensson of the Cardigans.
The songs are about the usual hang-ups that haunt young life: love, repressed emotions, jealousy and hope.

Their "Trampoline" album released in September 2002 is an outstanding album. It features the stunning single "The Pilot", which hit number one on MTV's Up North chart and the song got a lot of attention from outside Scandinavia. The album was released in Japan, Taiwan and "The Pilot" was released in France.
"5 am" released in February 2006 "... even when the band is rocking they do it with class and the great melodies are always present. "Imagination", single "Artificial", "Window" and "Don't Let The World Catch You Crying" are pure schoolbook examples of a perfect mix between Liverpool pop and Bowie-rock." Three EPs have been released before the "5 am" album, "Window", "Don't Let The World Catch You Crying" and "Imagination" all the title tracks from these eps did well on both TV and radio in Scandinavia.

"The Logo" was the latest singles from the new album "The Story Behind The Story", at the same time a 5 track EP called "The Pilot EP" iwas released in the US with immediate positive response: "The Confusions are infectious; just one listen can prove dangerous! Your hips could sway, your phones may melt, your listeners might swoon and you will most likely want to play "The Pilot" back to, to back!!!" -Ferris O’Brien KATT/Oklahoma City.

The new album "The Story Behind The Story" was released on 12th of March in Scandinavia, the critics are overwhelmed - "At each listening of the new album... new sensations" M.Theander/Sonic, already a classic album!

The Confusions are great fun, but thoughtful at the same time. Not confusing at all, when you think about it.