Kleerup Meets Loreen: Amazing on Paper, Questionable on Record

by Bradley Stern


Imagine, if you will: A song crafted by “With Every Heartbeat” producer Kleerup, sung by “Euphoria” songstress Loreen. Could you, even? You surely couldn’t. Who possibly could? It’s literally the ultimate Swede-pop dream, right?

Well, it’s finally happened–and the song’s just alright. Wait, what?

True, “Requiem Solution” is everything a Kleerup song sung by Loreen should sound like. Moody pulsations! Sorrowful strings! Heartbreaking lyricism! But that’s about where the goodness stops: There’s no actual build-up to anything. No grandiose, pearl-clutching ‘moment’ anywhere to be found on the record!

Considering the massiveness of Loreen’s “Euphoria” and “My Heart Is Refusing Me,” and the timelessness of “With Every Heartbeat,” “Until We Bleed” and “Longing For Lullabies,” how is this meandering, sort of limp electro-ballad the final product? That’s not to say it had to be a yelper, but even the more pensive tracks on Loreen’s debut–including “Everytime” and “Heal”–packed way more of a punch.

Am I just being overly critical? I love Loreen. I love Kleerup. “Requiem Solution” is beautifully sung and subtly produced, but given the enormous potential of their collaboration, I’m left feeling like this is a serious case of disco blue-balling.

  • Mark S.

    Longing for Lullabies, watching the song with the video, brought me to tears. With Every HeartBeat is a perfect collaboration. Robyn doesn’t betray herself to play in his playground. It’s a perfect union each one highlighting the best of the other. With BodyTalk, Robyn was beginning to beef up her productions, but with HeartBeat, it stripped down just a bit and showcased her beautifully. Unfortunately, I am also underwhelmed by this song. Loreen has such a soulful, huskier pop voice. Maybe he prefers the less conventional voices of Lykke Li and to have his pop voices more high and ethereal. But there is something lacking in creative spirit in the music. I feel Loreen is doing the best she can but with middling results. But Kleerup’s midding is still a master class to American overproduction and bombastic songwriting.

  • http://www.muumuse.com Bradley Stern

    Well said, Mark.

  • http://www.facebook.com/WillemHG Willem Hermann

    though not as brilliant as his other work, endlessly amazing compared to anything she’s done so far. i mean, “heal” sounded like spending an hour with the vengaboys on a spiritual spree, lighting ginger candles and dancing their names.

  • terry

    I think the song is really beautiful and very Loreen. It’s certainly not what I expected when I saw their names together but I’m loving this song.