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