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Ella Rouge

by Ella Rouge

A barrelhouse honky-tonk piano to a duel-guitar attack. A powerful rhythm section and passionate vocals with insightful songwriting shape ELLA ROUGE's sonic intensity.
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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1. That's Me With The Gun
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2. Holly Golightly
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3. Jekyll N Hyde
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4. Manhattan
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5. Weary
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6. The L.A. Dogs
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7. Eldorado High
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8. Into The Light
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9. Light The Fuse 82's
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10. Gender Jaded
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11. Famous Jack
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
ELLA ROUGE

Ludvig Andersson, vocals
Max Lachmann, guitar
Johan Moraeus, guitar
Mats Lundgren, piano
Magnus Eugenson, bass
Hasse Sjölander, drums


It turns out that the recipe for rock & roll success isn’t a very difficult one at all.

Simply take six talented musicians and isolate them in a cozy studio on an island in the Baltic Sea. Add some outrageous weather, complete with hurricane-force gales, to help concentrate frisky young minds on the task at hand. Sprinkle in a variety of impromptu magical musical moments, and voila!…you have the formula for the amazing self-titled debut album from the sextet of Swedes known as ELLA ROUGE.

Well, okay, upon further review, it’s not that easy…but whatever works. And in this case it worked very well, indeed, as the 11 songs on ELLA ROUGE represent a transcendent tour through a marvelous musical realm. From the very start, with album opener “That’s Me With the Gun” and its somewhat sinister lyrics, “Don’t mind me, though inside your head/I won’t make a sound,” the listener realizes that this isn’t a typical first effort. Whether it’s the wistful yearning and lilting lyricism of “Holly Golightly,” a passionate paean to the heroine of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”; the hard-charging, driving beat of the rambunctious “L.A. Dogs,” or the wryly autobiographical edge of “Eldorado High,” there’s a mood for every moment on the disc. Combine this with some masterful musicianship, featuring everything from barrelhouse honky-tonk piano to an intertwining dual guitar attack propelled by a powerful, potent rhythm section, and the result is an ultimately unforgettable sonic experience.

“I think we knew from our first rehearsal that we had something,” observes singer/songwriter Ludvig Andersson. “Usually it takes a while to get to know each other, personally and professionally, but here we had a bunch of guys who had seemed to play together for over 10 years…after just one rehearsal!”

This immediate rapport was only strengthened by the recording conditions: the group convened at producer Micke Lyander’s studio on an island in the Baltic Sea during the winter of 2005, an isolated locale that grew even moreso with a series of stinging winter storms. Throw in the devastation caused by the Asian tsunami, and the mood in the studio started off as a somber one. That quickly changed, however, as the conditions called for a certain camaraderie. “During the recording we lived together in six army beds in the attic of the studio,” relates guitarist Max Lachmann. “We did everything together. We had fights, parties, good times, sad times and a lot of jam sessions together.”

This intimacy produced remarkable results, with all 11 tracks on the album being recorded, live, in two weeks’ time. But perhaps none was more noteworthy than the recording session that produced the gorgeous ballad “Weary.” “We had been trying out a few versions for a while, just checking key, tempo, etc.,” recalls pianist Mats Lundgren. “Then Ludvig and I start playing…and it’s as if the world stopped spinning and Time took a few minutes off to see what magic is happening at the studio.”

“The song was originally supposed to be a full-band rock song and everybody was getting ready to go at it,” adds Ludvig. “While waiting for the others Mats and I decided to play the song through just once for practice. He started playing his old grand piano very slowly and delicately and I just tagged along. When we where finished Micke, our producer who had been listening on his earphones, came running, screaming, ‘That was amazing!’ We asked if he wanted us to do it again, and he replied, ‘You don’t have to; I had a good feeling about it, so I secretly rolled tape while you played.’ So, what you hear on the album is that one practice run-through that Micke secretly recorded on a cold winter night somewhere in the middle of the Baltic Sea.”

And that’s merely one of the many magical moments that went into the recording of this extraordinary debut disc. But enough of the verbiage; music, after all, speaks much louder than words…so why not put this aside and place ELLA ROUGE in your CD player, and experience the glorious wonder for yourself?

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J. Frusco

Refreshing...
Track 4, entitled "Jekyll N Hyde," really sold me. It was this song that inspired me to purchase the CD, and so far I have had no regrets. The slightly vintage tracks, in name and concept, really bring a sort of familiarity and nostalgic feel to the album, whereas the music itself really grounds you in a simply smooth and yet, constrastingly, explosive manner. There's quite a wide range of styles featured on Ella Rouge's self-titled album; no matter what song you listen to, no matter the style either, they all fit into a cohesive whole. Aside from the praisings, there are quite a few instances in songs where the music may get a bit irritating or cumbersome, and some songs drag into what seems to be an overly sedated state. On the whole, I'd say this CD is great for generally tolerant people, a great mix of rock and associating music styles!
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Sharry

Amazing!
I LOVE this CD! The music is brilliant, it gets stuck in your head until you are sining it in your sleep!
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Will Rossetti

A fatastic cross between Oasis and the Scissor Sisters!
I love this CD, i have been waiting longer than you can imagine to get this CD. Boy was it worth the wait! I absolutely love it, all the tracks are different in some way and you catch yourself (and anyone around) just jigging, humming and murmering along to the songs. A band with huge potential!
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Brandon Mader

Original Sound and Rythms that just Don't Die!
This album has to be one of the best released this year. It has amazing lyrics, rythms, and melodies that just make you listen over and over. The CD has good balance too, a wide variety of songs and sounds. I'd buy it again in a heartbeat.
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Gwilym

Wowie
This CD is amazing :P
so i think that every one who vaugly likes it buy it now!
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Kayla

Steps out from the crowd
This cd is plain out GREAT. Every song has it's own feel to it and is good. The only difference between tracks is the fact that some songs are exceptional compared to others that are good. This is a completely solid cd that you can listen to the whole way through over and over again. Amazing.
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Mike

NOT your average Europop!
I bought this CD because I loved Jekyll & Hyde when I heard it on Sirius. The great news is that the rest of the album is the same quality! I think Holly Golightly is my favorite, simple yet beautiful.
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Jaye

awesome!!!
This is the first time I bought their CD and heard their songs, and they are my new favorite band! I heard Jekyll n Hyde on Comcast On Demand, then heard others on myspace and now I just bought it. Loved it, absolutely loved it. Usually there's a couple songs I like in an album, but with this one I liked, no, I loved all of the songs. This band is great, really. I was singing along and my sisters are like "what are you singing? Sounds good." Once they heard one of the songs, they were asking to borrow my cd, ha!
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Lisa

Gotta Love It
The CD is AWESOME! Since I got it I have been listening to it. Even my brother knows some of the words now.
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Jasmine Hauffen

This is what you've been waiting for if you're a fan of genuine music, INCREDIBL
From the moment your ears lock into an intimate dance with Ella Rouge's wonderfully funky tunes, You are taken on a ride jam-packed with get-up and move feelings. This authentic, rich, and beautifully written "happy-pill" gives those who thrive on genuine music the perfect thing to resort to. INCREDIBLELY written and worthy of any award!!!!
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