‘so good, so Good, So Good, SO GOOD’ simply describes my thoughts of another emerging Swedish pop singer songwriter, 21-year-old Zara Larsson. It’s also the song she was performing mid-way through her set when I arrived at her Irving Plaza show, thanks to a late client call ruining my life. Fortunately, my pal Mike was cool with a late arrival despite my angst that was rooted in some combination of a disdain* of missing out, disrespecting* an artist by being late, or disappointing* a friend.
Donning a silver sequined dress and matching thigh-high glitter boots, Larsson looked like a disco ball and couldn’t be prettier. I’ve been a fan of hers since she hit the scene a few years ago – first starting out as a guest vocalist for artists Clean Bandit, MNEK and David Guetta, then transitioning to a full-fledged solo starlet with an EP, a string of singles and So Good, her 2017 debut album. I’m drawn to her voice because she evokes the saunter of country crooners like Miranda Lambert on ballads (check ‘Uncover’ and ‘I Can’t Fall in Love Without You’) and the sizzle of Barbadian bad ass Rihanna on many, many dancefloor fillers (check ‘I Would Like’ and ‘Ain’t My Fault’).
New tracks ‘Ruin My Life’ and ‘Don’t Worry Bout Me’ are undeniable earworms that excite me. They elevate her infectious voice, show growth, add a layer of polish and sophistication, and build off the stronger tracks on the first album, favorites like ‘Carry You Home’ and ‘Lush Life.’ Most notably, they offer clues that Larsson’s upcoming album has the potential to go from ‘So Good’ to so great. Can’t wait.
*Voice note for my next therapy appointment.