Album Review: Miike Snow's "iii"

Album Review: Miike Snow's "iii"

The Swedish band's most recent record

The Swedish-American pop trio, Miike Snow, has done it again. Their newest album release, “iii” (named this because -- you guessed it -- it’s their third studio recording) contains synth-pop tunes similar to those of their previous albums, “Miike Snow” and “Happy to You.” Yet, “iii” may arguably be the best album the group has produced thus far.

The album is simply refreshing, and even though each of the eleven songs is unique, the album as a whole flows in a fluid manner. Transitions between tracks are carefully placed. Each track, especially “Genghis Khan,” “For U” and “Lonely Life,” have an apparent and strongly influential backbeats, piano riffs, and a pop-techno style that is sure to stick in your head. The album together works as a whole, yet each song individually can work as its own single too.

“Genghis Khan,” the album’s single before its initial release, had immediate success with the public. Recognized on most current pop playlists (especially those generated by music streaming service, Spotify), Indie top-ten lists, and even on FM indie rock radio stations, “Genghis Khan” is surely one of the band’s most popular songs to date due to its catchy nature. The song is much like the other tracks on the record, but what separates “Genghis Khan” from the rest of the tracks is the song’s cunning and unique lyrics. Rarely before has there been a hit that compares love, longing, and selfishness to one of the world’s most feared yet respected dictators, or much less historical figures in general. The music video for “Genghis Khan” is also wonderful, as the plot revolves around the world of a James Bond-esque villain and his internal conflict to kill the "good guy." You can check it out here.

Two of Miike Snow's members, Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg, are very influential in the music world -- as producers for many Swedish and American artists, they are responsible for many hits, including most of Britney Spears' most famous songs from her later career. Therefore, it is not surprise that they, along with frontman Andrew Wyatt, continue to produce album after album of catchy pop-synth tunes. It is clear that Miike Snow has a formula they have perfected.

A critique of the record, though, is that it is definitely possible for Miike Snow to branch out of its style a bit more lyrically. "Genghis Khan" contains brilliant lyrics, and although the other songs are indeed catchy, they lack of bit of lyrical inventiveness. The songs are mostly about love and relationships; Miike Snow has the potential to expand on this on topic and be lyrically creative. They have the inventive band members, and now the members just need to utilize the artistry that is clearly seen in the instrumentals in order to create meaningful and unique lyrics. Hopefully this will be seen on their next album.

All in all, the album is still impressive, despite this one critique. Sticking to Miike Snow's jubilant catchy pop nature, all of the songs have the potential to become hits. "iii" most definitely lives up to the band's two other albums.

Miike Snow's "iii" is 8/10.

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35 Major Life Facts According To Nick Miller

"All booze is good booze, unless it's weak booze."

Fact: If you watch "New Girl," you love Nick Miller.

You can't help it. He's an adorable, lovable mess of a man and you look forward to seeing him and his shenanigans each week. While living the infamous and incomparable life of Nick Miller, and obviously Julius Pepperwood— he has learned many valuable laws of the land. And, although Nick refuses to learn anything from anyone besides his mysterious, old Asian friend Tran, he does have a few lessons he'd like to teach us.

Here are 35 facts of life according to 'Nick Milla Nick Milla':

1. Drinking keeps you healthy.

"I'm not gonna get sick. No germ can live in a body that is 65% beer."

2. Dinosaurs never existed.

"I don't believe dinosaurs existed. I've seen the science. I don't believe it."

3. A paper bag is a bank.

"A bank is just a paper bag but with fancier walls."

4. Having sex is similar to delivering mail.

"I'm like a mailman, except instead of mail it's hot sex that I deliver."

5. Moonwalking is a foolproof way to get out of any awkward situation.

Jess (about Nick): "Now he won't even talk to me. I saw him this morning and he just panic moonwalked away from me. He does that sometimes."

6. Using a movie reference is also a great way.

Cece: "Come on, get up!"

Nick: "No, I don't dance. I'm from that town in "Footloose."

7. There's no reason to wash towels.

Nick: "I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me. Who washes a towel?"

Schmidt: "You never wash your towel?"

Nick: "What am I gonna do? Wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?"

8. Exes are meant to be avoided at all costs (especially if/unless they're Caroline)

"I don't deal with exes, they're part of the past. You burn them swiftly and you give their ashes to Poseidon."

9. IKEA furniture is not as intimidating as it looks.

"I'm building you the dresser. I love this stuff. It's like high-stakes LEGOs."

10. You don't need forks if you have hands.

Jess: "That's gross. Get a fork, man."

Nick: "I got two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!"

11. Sex has a very specific definition.

"It's not sex until you put the straw in the coconut."

12. Doors are frustrating.

"I will push if I want to push! Come on! I hate doors!"

13. All booze is good booze.

"Can I get an alcohol?"

14. ...unless it's weak booze.

"Schmidt, that is melon flavored liquor! That is 4-proof! That is safe to drink while you're pregnant!"

15. Writers are like pregnant women.

Jess: "You know what that sound is? It's the sound of an empty uterus."

Nick: "I can top that easily. I'm having a hard time with my zombie novel."

Jess: "Are you really comparing a zombie novel to my ability to create life?"

Nick: "I'm a writer, Jess. We create life."

16. All bets must be honored.

"There is something serious I have to tell you about the future. The name of my first-born child needs to be Reginald VelJohnson. I lost a bet to Schmidt."

17. Adele's voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

"Adele is amazing."

18. Beyoncé is extremely trustworthy.

"I'd trust Beyoncé with my life. We be all night."

19. Fish, on the other hand, are not.

“Absolutely not. You know I don’t trust fish! They breathe water. That's crazy!"

20. Bar mitzvahs are terrifying.

Schmidt: "It's a bar mitzvah!"

Nick: "I am NOT watching a kid get circumcised!"

21. are blueberries.

Jess: "So far, Nick Miller's list of fears is sharks, tap water, real relationships..."

Nick: "And blueberries."

22. Take your time with difficult decisions. Don't be rash.

Jess: "You care about your burritos more than my children, Nick?"

Nick: "You're putting me in a tough spot!"

23. Getting into shape is not easy.

"I mean, I’m not doing squats or anything. I’m trying to eat less donuts."

24. We aren't meant to talk about our feelings.

"If we needed to talk about feelings, they would be called talkings."

25. We're all a little bit too hard on ourselves.

"The enemy is the inner me."

26. Freezing your underwear is a good way to cool off.

"Trust me, I'm wearing frozen underpants right now and I feel amazing. I'm gonna grab some old underpants and put a pair into the freezer for each of you."

27. Public nudity is normal.

"Everbody has been flashed countless times."

28. Alcohol is a cure-all.

"You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol."

29. Horses are aliens.

"I believe horses are from outer-space."

30. Turtles should actually be called 'shell-beavers.'

Jess: "He calls turtles 'shell-beavers."

Nick: "Well, that's what they should be called."

31. Trench coats are hot.

"This coat has clean lines and pockets that don't quit, and it has room for your hips. And, when I wear it, I feel hot to trot!"

32. Sparkles are too.

"Now, my final bit of advice, and don't get sensitive on this, but you've got to change that top it's terrible and you've got to throw sparkles on. Sparkles are in. SPARKLES ARE IN."

33. Introspection can lead to a deeper knowing of oneself.

"I'm not convinced I know how to read. I've just memorized a lot of words."

34. It's important to live in the moment.

"I know this isn't gonna end well but the middle part is gonna be awesome."

35. Drinking makes you cooler.

Jess: "Drinking to be cool, Nick? That's not a real thing."

Nick: "That's the only thing in the world I know to be true."

Cover Image Credit: Hollywood Reporter

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