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Queen of the Clouds

Album by Tove Lo
2014, 16 tracks, 51 mins 25 sec

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Jun 21, 2019

Tove Lo Presents: Queen Of The Clouds, An Ambitious Romantic Pop Tragedy In 3 Acts

Swedish pop genius Tove Lo made herself known in the year 2014 when she released her wonderful debut record Queen Of The Clouds, which is actually concept album broken into 3 parts: “The Sex,” “The Love,” and “The Pain.” I would say that’s quite an ambitious start to one’s career, especially as an artist who was relatively unknown. So, you could understand my surprise when I decided to give the set an official listen. I was actually quite impressed. As far as modern pop records go, I believe Queen Of The Clouds was able to hold its own and stand out as a great model for what the mainstream market should be looking for. And she was able to stand out, for a good amount of time. Her collaboration with Alesso, “Heroes” was played all over the radio and “Talking Body” and “Habits (Stay High)” were nearly inescapable. But in cases like Charli XCX and her two major hits of the same year “Boom Clap” and “Fancy” with Iggy Azalea, it has become increasingly harder for up and coming pop artists to find and keep a place in the spotlight. In no way does that make Tove Lo any less than other pop artists, but I also wouldn’t say that her newfound underground status makes her better than them either. The other interesting thing about Queen Of The Clouds and each of Tove Lo’s follow-up records is that they each seem to have a specific theme, and appear to be broken up into parts. It makes for a unique listening experience and it allows you to really focus on each individual message that is trying to be conveyed. So, I went back and sat down with Queen Of The Clouds and realized that it was much deeper than I had originally thought. It’s actually a Romantic Pop Tragedy that has been divided into 3 parts of a doomed relationship, and I felt it would be fun to get deeper into the story act by act.

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Album Info

"Queen of the Clouds"

Artist

Released

  • Jan 01, 2014

Genres

  • Dance-Pop
  • Pop

Label

  • Island

Producer

  • Klas Åhlund
  • Captain Cuts
  • Mattman & Robin
  • Lucas Nord
  • Ali Payami
  • Alx Reuterskiöld
  • Scribz Riley
  • Kyle Shearer
  • Shellback
  • The Struts

Studio

  • Wolf Cousins, Stockholm[a] MXM, Stockholm[b] Apmamman, Stockholm[c] Warner/Chappell, Stockholm[d] The Tree House, Los Angeles[e] Kustom Deluxe, Nashville[e] The Barn, Stockholm[f] Farplane, Stockholm[f]
  • Wolf Cousins, Stockholm[a]
  • MXM, Stockholm[b]
  • Apmamman, Stockholm[c]
  • Warner/Chappell, Stockholm[d]
  • The Tree House, Los Angeles[e]
  • Kustom Deluxe, Nashville[e]
  • The Barn, Stockholm[f]
  • Farplane, Stockholm[f]

About

Queen of the Clouds is the debut studio album by Swedish singer Tove Lo. It was released on 24 September 2014 by Island Records. The album follows her first extended play Truth Serum (2014) and includes the successful singles "Habits (Stay High)" and "Talking Body". Lo worked with several writers and producers such as The Struts, Klas Åhlund, Alexander Kronlund, Alx Reuterskiöld, and Captain Cuts. Lyrically, the album's themes center on the stages of a relationship, including passion, love and break-ups.
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