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Pennies and heartaches

by Stefan Leoson

Melodic, intelligent pop – anglosaxian melancholia with nordic warmth.
Genre: Pop: Swedish Pop/Rock
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1. I don't know where to start
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2. The beggar and the Queen
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3. No one like you
3:45 $0.99
4. My, oh my
3:52 $0.99
5. Running won't make your problems go away
4:28 $0.99
6. Shine!
4:44 $0.99
7. This spell
3:46 $0.99
8. Killing time
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9. How long?
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10. You are there
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11. What I've done
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Album Notes
To be starting a solo career in your late thirties, it takes guts. But considering the idyllic surroundings of his breathtaking home in the woods of Mistelås in the southern parts Sweden, there really cant be any better place to start for Stefan Leoson. The enviroment, meadows, green pastures and fresh country air, is so beautiful it must be ideal for a singer and songwriter looking for peace, quiet and inspiration.

But, make no mistake, Stefan Leoson is no rookie and the impressive work that is his first solo album, Pennies And Heartaches has nothing to do with beginners luck. His musical background is as diverse as his personal. From heavy metal merchant in local heroes Ariel in his adolescent town of Lessebo, via eclectic Swedish pop with the semi-successful Picassos Äventyr combo, through personal setbacks (including a near-fatal motorcycle accident) and successes (starring and arranging musicals in Växjö). And further more, the late advent of true love in the shape of wife Karin, and their two children.
All of this, and more, can be heard in Stefans music.

Pennies And Heartaches, was created, or more correctly conceived, in his own Steps studio and it is literally the work of one man. Not because it was a necessity, but because it was convenient. The amazing thing about it is that it sounds like a band record homogenous, accessible and yet diverse in its emotional range. The influences, ranging from Coldplay and Travis, via the likes of Del Amitri and Jars of Clay, has comfortably found their place in Stefans music, sprung from a tradition of songwriting where melody comes first. It is a grown mans work, with lyrics capturing the big issues of life through the little details. Not bitter or cynical, but exciting, almost exhubarant, filtrated as through the eyes of a curious and wonderous child. It is, simply put, beautiful.

The start-and-stop-arrangement on opener I Dont Know Where To Start, a statement if ever there was one, the infectious The Beggar And The Queen, a local hit, and This Spell display the catchier side of Stefans songwriting, while the thrilling Running Wont Make Your Problems Go Away, the low-key masterful Killing Time and killer closer What Ive Done perfectly balance the record and turns it into a coherent musical piece of talent and passion.

The vocal delivery is magnificent understated at times, raucous, almost angry at times, but always emotive and engaging, and it makes you wonder about whether these songs are sung from the heart, or from that peculiar place we call the soul. And although Pennies And Heartaches may de facto be a debut, it sounds, and feels like Stefan Leoson is a bonafide artist, a singer and songwriter who, despite his own statement, undoubtly knows where to start and that there is no stopping him now.



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Anglosaxian melancholia with nordic warmth - a sentimental surprise!
Last year LEOSON entered a song called “The Beggar And The Queen” to a composers competition in Swedish Radio P4 and won. This whetted his appetite and by March this year he won another song competition in Swedish Radio P3 with the song “I Don’t Know Where To Start” which is the opener on a whole album under STEFAN LEOSON’s own name, called “Pennies And Heartaches”.

STEFAN LEOSON’s music could be described as anglosaxian melancholia with nordic warmth. You can hear traces of another Stefan, the Gothenburg based Stefan Andersson, but you’d probably find a heap of English pop bands in his record collection, like the Verve, Placebo and Keane. Both of the “winners” are of course on the album, but the other nine songs are also a pleasure to listen to. The beautiful and almost acoustic “No One Like You” has everything a ballad should have and it almost stings your heart when STEFAN sings about his yearning. From this song comes also the title for the album. “My, Oh My”, together with “Running Won’t Make Your Problems Go Away”, “Shine!” and “This Spell” follows and forms a line of nice and laidback, melancholic songs that could warm any cold and hard soul. The last four songs isn’t quite as good but the beautiful moods are still there. Truly a sentimental surprise!

Värnamo News (swedish magazine)

Surprisingly fresh rock music anno 2006
I listen to Pennies and heartaches in the car stereo and is almost knocked by what comes out of the speakers. Leoson's debut album sounds really, really good! There is no doubt that he has a great gift for songwriting and an excellent voice, at the same time the song arrangements are delicious and "airy".

He says himself that he has been compared to bands like Coldplay and the Cardigans but it isn't easy to label Pennies And Heartaches, which is quite liberating. Leoson's expression is both familiar and unique, at times I come to think about Joey Tempest's solo albums and sometimes, as in the fantastic ballad No One Like You, it sounds like something from Aztec Cameras Dreamland album.

Pennies And Heartaches is surprisingly fresh rock music anno 2006.