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The Concretes

The Stockholm-based pop collective the Concretes were formed in 1995 by vocalist Victoria Bergsman, guitarist Maria Eriksson, and drummer Lisa Milberg; over the course of three years, they added guitarist Markus, bassist Martin Hansson, organist Per Nystrom, trumpeter Ulrik Karlsson, and vocalist/harmonica player Malte. Malte and Nystrom were playing in other bands in the Stockholm scene; Eriksson and Bergsman were art school students; and Milberg worked at one of the city's graphic design firms. The Concretes released their first EP (helpfully named EP #1) in 1998 and followed it, logically, with EP #2 (aka The Lipstick Edition) the following year. In 2000, the Concretes combined these EPs into their full-length debut, Boy, You Better Run Now, in mid-2000 on Up Records. However, shortly after the album's release, Up founder Chris Takino died of leukemia, and the Concretes found themselves without a label. The Nationalgeographic EP arrived in 2001, but due to difficulties with the Above Ground label, it was nearly impossible to find. Along the way, the Concretes also added guitarist Daniel Varjo and horn player Ludvig Rylander to their fold. They formed their own Licking Fingers imprint, on which they released the Forces single in 2002. Two more singles, You Can't Hurry Love and Warm Night, arrived in 2003 and heralded the release of the band's proper debut, The Concretes. Astralwerks released The Concretes in the U.S. in 2004. A year later, the B-sides and rarities comp Layourbattleaxedown -- which gathered most of the band's output between Boy, You Better Run Now and The Concretes -- arrived. The band delivered more low-key, sparkling indie pop with 2006's In Colour. The following year, Bergsman left the group to focus on her folky solo project Taken by Trees, but the rest of the band regrouped quickly, with Millberg taking over vocal duties on 2007's Hey Trouble. However, 2010's dance-influenced WYWH was the first Concretes album featuring Millberg on vocals released in the United States. ~ Heather Phares
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  1.   Song
  2.   You Can't Hurry Love
  3.   All Day
  4.   Foreign Country
  5.   What We've Become
  6.   Diana Ross
  7.   Your Call
  8.   Oh Baby
  9.   Sugar
  10.   Come Over
  11.   I Wish We'd Never Met
  12.   Branches
  13.   Oh My Love
  14.   Fiction
  15.   Change in the Weather
  16.   Simple Song
  17.   Under Your Leaves
  18.   Keep Yours
  19.   New Friend
  20.   Justin's Kids
  21.   Forces
  22.   WYWH
  23.   The First Time
  24.   Reasons
  25.   Free Ride
  26.   Hey Trouble
  27.   On the Radio
  28.   A Way of Life
  29.   Warm Night
  30.   As Four
  31.   Seems Fine
  32.   The Sentence
  33.   Ed's Kids by Ed Harcourt
  34.   Oh Boy
  35.   Fire Watch
  36.   Kids
  37.   A Whale's Heart
  38.   Sunbeams
  39.   Seems Fine Shuffle
  40.   This One's For You
  41.   Lonely As Can Be
  42.   Save Button
  43.   Lady December
  44.   Chico
  45.   Grey Days
  46.   Ooh La La
  47.   Souvenirs
  48.   Miss You
  49.   Oh No
  50.   If We're Lucky We Don't Get There On Time
  51.   Knck Knck
  52.   Sing for Me
  53.   Say Something New
  54.   Song for the Songs
  55.   The Warrior
  56.   Military Madness
  57.   Lovin' Kind
  58.   Postpone It
  59.   My Ways
  60.   Chosen One
  61.   Sand
  62.   Just Locals
  63.   Come Here
  64.   Another Day to Waste
  65.   Tomorrow
  66.   Good Evening
  67.   My Surprise
  68.   Are You Prepared
  69.   Crack in the Paint
  70.   Hammerhead
  71.   End of Mandolins
  72.   Didion

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