What is in the water in Sweden? Between Jens Lekman, Jose Gonzalez, The Knife, Peter, Bjorn and John and Love is All, Sweden can do no wrong. Friday night was no exception. After a bizarre opening set from San Francisco's Still Flyin' (there were literally 19 people on stage), Love is All took the stage and played a tight, short, energetic set. They only played for about 40 minutes with one encore, but that makes sense considering their only album, Nine Times That Song, is short as well.
Before 2006 even came to be, Pitchfork claimed Love is All to be the "first great band of 2006". I must admit, the album didn't blow me away. It's good, but nothing that I kept going back to again and again. That all changed Saturday night.
The show was great. Not only can lead singer Josephine Olausson sing, but the rest of the band have great voices too. The crowd was surprisingly into moving for an LA audience and there were pockets of dance floors around. It was one of the better shows I have been to in some time and I will put Nine Times That Song back on my iPod for some further review.