Album Reviews

Doris: Did You Give The World Some Love Today, Baby (RPM Records)

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Doris Svensson is a little-known 1960s-era Swedish pop singer, but her real claim to fame is her second and last album, Did You Give The World Some Love Today, Baby. This album today is known mainly for its funky feel;  though its lack of success would damn it to obscurity, until crate-digging DJ’s discovered its charm. Of course, it’s not hard to fall hard for the album; it’s a unique blend of pop and country with just a hint of something slightly trippier. It’s things such as the jazz bass line in the country hoedown of “Waiting At The Station,” sitting alongside the soulfully swinging “I’m Pushing You Out,” or the funk of “Beatmaker.” For this listener, though, the highlight is baroque pop of “Grey Rain of Sweden,” a melancholy tune that reigns in Doris’s otherwise feisty singing voice–one that is a dead ringer for Jeannie C. Riley.

The songs on the second disc contain sides from her time with The Plums and The Dandys,  as well as her first solo album, Svensson Doris!. These songs are lovely in a mid-60s Mod pop kind of way, not unlike Leslie Gore or Lulu. Some of the songs do belie their age; one also wonders why, on the verge of a psych-pop reinvention, she felt the need to release songs like “The Loco-Motion” or “One Fine Day,” though her take on “A Lover’s Concerto” is quite lovely. Her debut album, which is sung in Swedish, does contain a few highlights, like her take on The Association hit “Never My Love” and The Beatles‘ “Your Mother Should Know.”

None of those songs’ weakness, however, harm the wonderfulness that is Did You Give The World Some Love Today, Baby,  which is an amazing record that deserved to be rediscovered.

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