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by Patrik Tanner

Venturing deep into mellow-pop mode.You could cite a hundred different influences in any song at any givin time. It's like sifting through a rock-and-roll rummage sale.
Genre: Pop: Beatles-pop
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1. Enter
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2. Hello Tomorrow
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3. Alternative & Funk
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4. Smoke
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5. Stars Tonight
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6. All I Really Need Tonight
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7. To Be Your Fan
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8. Best Ever!
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9. Halfway There
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10. Little Guy
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11. Don't Leave Me Here
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12. Jesus
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13. Everything Must Go
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14. Beautiful One
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15. The Kindest Person I Ever Knew
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Album Notes
Also a producer, Patrik may be better know for producing projects for Martin Zellar & The Hardways, Tina & The B-Side Movement, Scott Laurent, The Billy's, Amber Halland, justincase and Jessica Harp just to name a few.

"I always liked the image in my mind of the Irish ending up in East Texas and being so damned lonely that country music came out of them," says Tanner.

Perhaps that sentiment was sown when Tanner was a Swedish transplant in Southern California. In any event ... and lest he remain in a continued fit of isolation ... shortly after his return to the Twin Cities in 1994, Patrik formed The Faraway Men. With outlaws Mark Juenemann on bass and Brandon Fjetland on drums & hambone, they released 1997's Done Broke Down and 1998's Sparks Would Fly. The band was a perfect vehicle for Tanner to express his fondness for great songsmith-storytellers like Gram Parsons, George Jones and Elvis Costello while spinning his own unique tales of love-gone-bad with both swagger and soul.

While hailed by some critics as torchbearers of the "alt-country" genre, the band actually sought to take a more reverential approach to classic C&W roots - one that defied expectations of either alt-country's urban hipster twang or the Nashvillian bubblegum that continues to dominate today's country scene. As PULSE of the Twin Cities exclaimed, "if this is country, then country just got unbelievably cool."

On 2001's Allsorts, The Faraway Men took a sharp stylistic turn, offering up a guitar rock concept album rich with 1970s-style international pop ballad overtones. With the recent addition of fellow wunderkind guitarist Jon James, Patrik and company continue down a similarly twisted interstate, daring to cross that line separating radio nirvana from fiery auto wreck. Whichever way the wheel may turn, within the glorious confines of their basement rehearsal space, Minnesota's best-kept rock-n-roll secret remain patiently waiting to spontaneously combust.

2005's Soft is a brand new true solo album about good loving and mortality. Patrik plays the lot.



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Halfway There fits my concept of a great pop song
I am genuinely fond of many songs on this CD, but I give Halfway There my highest rating. In a perfect world it would be at least a top forty hit.

Soft is a concept CD, and the first line of the first song introduces the concept: Welcome into my world. Tanner is at his best when he takes a brief event, or simple theme, and adds lots of cool riffs. Many of these tunes showcase his talent.

Kevin Mathews

Soft is a veritable pop-rock tour-de-force which deserves much more attention th
On Soft, the fact that Tanner plays everything is the least amazing thing. That a singer-songwriter with such ability and gifts should remain so far under the radar (even for the pop underground) is short of criminal! Well, yeah, Tanner has produced the likes of Martin Zellar, Sire artists Tina & the B-Side Movement and fronted the Faraway Men, but Soft really came out of the blue for yours truly. Effectively channeling John Lennon, Roy Orbison, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Neil Finn and Robyn Hitchcock, Soft is a veritable pop-rock tour-de-force which deserves much more attention (are you paying any, my friends?) than it has received. From the raucous "Enter" to the folky "The Kindest Person I Ever Knew," Soft is an album that no self-respecting member of the pop underground can afford to ignore.

Joel Criner

Want respite from the pretense and irony that infect so much of today's pop/rock music? How about a break from the chaotic clutter that is so often the product of attempted coolness? I just may have found the perfect remedy.

Soft is a splendidly melodic and intimately meaningful collection of tunes from one of the more talented song writers in the Twin Cities. Although Tanner, a native of Sweden, is well-known among many music enthusiasts, terms like "hidden gem" and "well-kept secret" are invariably bandied about each time a new listener (or critic) discovers his work.

Soft offers poignant perspectives on love ("Stars Tonight/"Kindest Person I Ever Knew"/"Best Ever!"); optimism ("Welcome Into My World"/"Hello Tomorrow"); loss ("Little Guy"); and even celebrity obsession just for good measure ("To Be Your Fan".) Tanner's music comes across as honest and simple (but good luck emulating it.) I get the sense that beautiful pop melody comes easily to him. If it doesn't, I can't imagine the toil spent yielding fifteen tunes that would make Elvis Costello proud. In essence, this record just feels good. Its effect on this listener seems to be one of residual emotional delight. Not a bad pay-off for putting on a CD.

With all due respect to DIY, sometimes there really is no substitute for talent. Let the accusations of hyperbole fly as they may. But my evidence is strong: You just need to listen to the album.