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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.   Diana Ross
  6.   Come Here
  7.   Just Locals
  8.   Branches
  9.   End of Mandolins
  10.   Free Ride
  11.   On the Radio
  12.   If We're Lucky We Don't Get There On Time
  13.   Lady December
  14.   Kids
  15.   Sugar
  16.   Oh My Love
  17.   Say Something New
  18.   Crack in the Paint
  19.   Fiction
  20.   Forces
  21.   Oh Boy
  22.   Souvenirs
  23.   Miss You
  24.   Didion
  25.   Ooh La La
  26.   Warm Night
  27.   The Sentence
  28.   Sunbeams
  29.   New Friend
  30.   My Ways
  31.   Good Evening
  32.   Keep Yours
  33.   A Whale's Heart
  34.   Seems Fine Shuffle
  35.   Sand
  36.   This One's For You
  37.   Change in the Weather
  38.   As Four
  39.   Oh No
  40.   The First Time
  41.   Lovin' Kind
  42.   Hey Trouble
  43.   Chosen One
  44.   Sing for Me
  45.   Save Button
  46.   Song for the Songs
  47.   Tomorrow
  48.   Fire Watch
  49.   My Surprise
  50.   Oh Baby
  51.   Ed's Kids by Ed Harcourt
  52.   Another Day to Waste
  53.   Justin's Kids
  54.   I Wish We'd Never Met
  55.   Lonely As Can Be
  56.   Your Call
  57.   Come Over
  58.   Are You Prepared
  59.   Simple Song
  60.   Chico
  61.   Reasons
  62.   Knck Knck
  63.   A Way of Life
  64.   What We've Become
  65.   Hammerhead
  66.   WYWH
  67.   Seems Fine
  68.   Under Your Leaves
  69.   The Warrior
  70.   Postpone It
  71.   Grey Days
  72.   Military Madness
  73.   The Thief
  74.   Teen Love
  75.   Sunsets
  76.   Be Mine
  77.   Other Ones
  78.   Vacation
  79.   Recover
  80.   Give a Little
  81.   The Jeremiad
  82.   Cabaret
  83.   Tjyven (The Thief)
  84.   Contamination
  85.   Concretes for Computers
  86.   Reverberation
  87.   Back for Good
  88.   Reverbaration
  89.   Short Film

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