Miss Li – Dancing The Whole Way Home

Published By: Wears The Trousers – August 4th 2009

Unlike her first three albums, which were all released in quick succession, Swedish curio Miss Li (aka Linda Carlsson) has taken her time with Dancing The Whole Way Home. Or at least relatively so; it still comes less than 18 months after Songs Of A Rag Doll. It stands out, too, as being her longest album to date – the first to break the 35-minute mark, but only just. Carlsson never outstays her welcome. With reasonable domestic success extending to US network television airplay (‘Weeds’, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’), each new album from Carlsson threatens to be the one that breaks her internationally. But perhaps the cult of Miss Li is destined to stay small and humble.

Dancing The Whole Way Home is more well-rounded and less naïve than previous efforts, but still an enjoyably funky listen worthy of a singalong. Opening with the upbeat ‘I Heard Of A Girl’ and keeping the pace up throughout, with only a slight dip with ‘Is This The End’, Dancing The Whole Way Home is the embodiment of a fun, carefree summer soundtrack that her duet with Amanda Jenssen (runner-up in the 2007 season of ‘Swedish Idol’) on ‘Bourgeois Shangri-La’ perfectly sums up. A modern-day fusion of cabaret, jazz and pop fusion, the enviably prolific Carlsson delivers yet another treat for the ears.
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