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A Camp, Gentleman Reg Recommended Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Wed., June 3, 9 p.m. 2009

Eight years ago, while the Cardigans were in a lull, front woman Nina Persson first put together this side project. In that incarnation A Camp, which also included Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse and her husband, Nathan Larson, released a self-titled record that applied a wonderfully warped country twang to her glistening, sophisticated Nordic pop. It’s now been nearly five years since the Cardigans’ latest, and A Camp is back with Colonia (Wigpowder/Nettwerk). Unfortunately Linkous isn’t aboard anymore—he’s been replaced by Niclas Frisk of Atomic Swing, and only contributes slide guitar to one track—and this has resulted in an album that’s both more straightforward and more overwrought. Larson, a guitarist with Shudder to Think for most of the 90s, has built a career in film soundtracks, and his grandiose arrangements lay it on awful thick—a mistake with a singer like Persson, whose sweet voice has the strength to carry a song all by itself. Unsurprisingly, one of the album’s highlights is a low-key ballad, “Golden Teeth and Silver Medals,” where she duets with fellow Swede Nicolai Dunger. Gentlemen Reg opens. —Peter Margasak

Price: $15

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