Tobias Froberg, Somewhere In The City

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Swedish singer/songwriter Tobias Froberg has the gentleness of Belle & Sebastian and the wryness of Jens Lenkman, and the songs on his debut record display ample amounts of both. Somewhere in the City is an auspicious bow, a sure bet to please fans of moody, emotional songwriting. There's much here to recommend, from the creaky, shadowy duet with Ane Brun to the clattering out-of-tune pop song "What a Day". And on the smartly-titled "Forever is Just a Word in a Love Song", Froberg summons hints of "The Long & Winding Road" to convey his sweet sentiment. With its dusky production and evocative songs, Somewhere in the City is the sleeper hit of 2006.