Alice in Videoland Outrageous!
By Marcus Pan
If you were to take pieces of sexy, fun,
flair, sultriness and cute, put them in separate parts of a particle
accelerator and fire them at each other until they smash and mix at the
molecular level, then take this substance and pour it into a mold that looks on
one hand like Gwen Stefani and the other quite like the really cute chick in
The Fifth Element, cook it in an intergalactic oven and then serve
youd probably end up with something that looks, acts, tastes and
sings very much like the eclectic and wantable Toril Lindqvist. Im
putting Toril Lindqvist on my Christmas list this year.
Toril is the lead vocalist of the eclectic and fun Alice in
Videoland. Alice in Videoland also includes Anders Alexander on drums, John
Dahlbom on bass & guitar, and Dominique on synthesizer. Considering the
allures of Toril, its only appropriate that Outrageous! open with
a track about telling seedy types like me to bugger off
Ladykiller consistently reminds me that Toril wouldnt, over her
dead body, have anything to do with me. Of course that only makes me want her
Just to keep things confusing enough, Cut the Crap
then tells me to dare to be a man as she croons to give it to me
baby and do all those sorts of nicey things while staying in bed
all day long. Yummy. All of this is programmed to funky rhythms, Sigue
Sigue stylings and pop-pastiche bleetings of electro-goodness. Its
bright, furry, anime-like and could cheer up Eeyore himself. Its
sickeningly happy sounding but sliced open with a lot of tongue in cheek.
Emily is a scathing tirade against a scene enemy who
will find herself growing old and still working at some bar some uncle
used to own. The melody here is a little tripe (echoes the previous track
actually), but has some great down-funk break outs. Better Off is a
moving piece that is bassier, and somehow infectious. Torils vocals are
deep and sultry most of the time, with sublime echoing and occasionally spurts
of interesting rhythm changes and melody interruptions. Finely crafted.
Great bass work by Dahlborn in Radio Song. A great
message in this song too, fitting for any relationship dumpee: I know
youve been dumped and all that shit, but your attitude sucks you gotta
admit. The If you write another lovesong Ill kill you
line is awesome. Overloading on happiness by this point?
Falling is a sad, slow ballad about, well, anything depressing
though I tend to take it as the aforementioned losing-love song that
Torils not supposed to be writing anymore. It grows in sound as
ones pain grows in rejection.
Alice in Videoland is pop on the outskirts of popularity.
Its a sour patch candy in a world of sweetness, funked out from the same
side of the planet as Meg Lee Chin and Republika. Unendingly diggable in a
mint flavored cherry smelling package, Outrageous! might very well help
you find your lost bounce, or simply have you, like me, writhing on the floor
in a sea of orgasmic bliss. Its December 1st now, Merry Christmas and
ship me my Toril.
Post: Box 68039, RPO Osborne Village, Winnipeg, MB, R3L 2V9, Canada
Phone: (905) 707-6283
 Her Piece and Love was
reviewed in Legends #104.
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