Yet again, Love Is All remind us that beneath that immaculate Swedish veneer (think stuff from Ikea) simmers a helluva Nordic temper (think shopping at Ikea). Josephine Olausson’s Karen O yelps are feral as ever, her sentiments as sour (“I didn’t expect you to be here, and now I don’t know what to say, I’m less than thrilled you’re okay”) but the punky screech-fest that was their debut has given way to something with a more distinct personality. Aptly titled opener, ‘Bigger Bolder’, is a rampage of parping organ and swaggering guitar while ‘False Pretense’ remains stark, all simmering drums and blurted lyrics. Then there’s ‘Kungen’, which leaps from a chorus of intricate Byrds harmony bap-bap-ba’s into a bout of insane saxophone squelching. Bigger and Bolder it is; much more fun than shopping at Ikea.

By Polly Rappaport

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