The Concretes have been one of the most successful Swedish bands in America in the past year or so. It has nothing to do with their live performances. They played about ten shows in America. It has everything to do with their song "Say Something New" being used in a commercial here. Since radio stations refuse to play new music on the radio, you are more likely to hear a new band on a commercial than on MTV or the radio. I saw The Concretes play live in NYC last year. They are a large ensemble. They are very talented. Their singer, Victoria Bergsman, is very shy. I saw them play twice. At the first show she wore a wig, like Stina Nordenstam, and a white dress. The second she was dressed normal. I tried to take a picture and someone from their entourage said "no pictures" even though everyone around me was taking pictures with their cellphones. This was at their KEXP performance. Most of this album reminds me of that performance. Only four or five of them played. It was mostly the duo Victoria and Maria. One of the songs they played was "The Warrior." Another was "Under Your Leaves." These songs are very acoustic and quiet. It's like the bare bones of The Concretes. These songs have none of the production and big Motown sound of their previous record. Their cover of "Miss You" seems misguided. Maybe songs by the Velvet Underground or Mazzy Star seem more appropriate. The Concretes have been around for a long time. This record is a good companion piece to their first record, which still sounds great after a year has passed. The Concretes are due for a really great follow-up record in 2006. Hopefully we can see them play over her more often. Quit hiding.