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My Guilty Pleasure

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Swimming Through The Blue Lagoon
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Looking At The Stars
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Love In July
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My Fantasy
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Let It Show
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Moonlight Dance
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Save Your Love
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Dying In Africa
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Miracle
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 9   Total Length: 38:26

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Christopher R. Weingarten is a freelance music writer living in Brooklyn, whose work can currently be seen in The Village Voice, Spin, Revolver, NYLON, and much...more »

08.25.09
Sally Shapiro, My Guilty Pleasure
2009 | Label: Paper Bag Records / The Orchard

Singer Sally Shapiro burrowed out of Sweden in 2007 as a fully-formed dancefloor juggernaut. As a snow-flecked Italo-disco anomaly fueled by producer Johan Agebjörn, Shapiro quickly soaked up the same poptimistic blog-reading audience that devoured Scandinavian pop starlets like Annie and Robyn. But unlike those power-piped popsters, Sally Shapiro has the shy, quiet, subdued delivery of an indie-rocker — a gorgeous affect certainly not absent on her follow-up My Guilty Pleasure. While producer Agebjörn has… read more »

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MY guilty pleasure

dj_riviera

Her stuff is just like candy to my ears. Could never get tired of her whispery vocals and '80s electro strings.

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Nice EuroDisco

eJDL

Really enjoyed this, but there's not 'that one track' that you have to play over and over. Not as exciting as Röyksopp, more on the pop side of the equation, but enjoyable never the less. Would like to pick up one the remix album of her past works.

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A pleasure!

monolicht

So, finally I managed to get my hands on a digital copy of this album. (Not from emusic, since it's not available in my country, MEH!).What can I say? It's bliss-tastic! Compared to Disco Romance it sounds a bit more contemporary and a little less retro and way more accomplished as an album, even if it includes both the recent singles and recycles a previous b-side. Most of the songs on here is even stronger than the singles and a few of them come across as instant classics, Looking at the Stars and Moonlight Dance respectively. All that in mind, Dying in Africa might just be Sally's most magic recorded moment so far, with it's epic build-up and emotional depth. Priceless! My Guilty Pleasure is in many ways a perfect record, of warm, streamlined and polished italo space-disco. A guilty pleasure, indeed.

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Again

ataqueeg

Just when I thought (because of the Husker Du albums) I loved eMusic again, I find this crap of them again mistreating their costumers from Mexico. Rapidshare it is, then.

eMusic Features

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Interview: Sally Shapiro

By Laura Studarus, Contributor

Sally Shapiro is genuinely happy to be a part-time diva. Having eschewed the trappings of a full-time music career (no late-night performances or tireless promo appearances, and all but a handful of interviews), what we know about her is largely derived from her three albums of unapologetically romantic Italo disco. While Shapiro will admit that she prefers not to sing anything she can't identify with, the details of Shapiro's personal life — and even her… more »

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Schizo-Pop! A Guide to Musicians and Their Alternate Personae

By Laura Studarus, Contributor

Whether it's on account of creativity bursting at the seams, or just a desire to try something musically or lyrically different from their previous work, sometimes artists feel the need to step outside themselves and create an entirely new persona. The syndrome that's kept psychologists busy for years has manifested itself in concept albums, live performances or just the occasional one-off single. Inspired by Nicki Minaj's sophomore album Roman Reloaded — where Minaj channels her… more »

They Say All Music Guide

If the most striking feature of Disco Romance, Sally Shapiro’s utterly charming debut album, was its uncannily meticulous evocation of early-’80s Italo disco in all its fragile, intimate glory, the most notable thing about this follow-up set may be how fully and faithfully it replicates its predecessor. Save for an occasionally perceptible updating and subtle toughening of their sound, and a marginally poppier writing approach (thanks largely to the increased involvement of Nixon/Cloetta Paris songsmith Roger Gunnarsson), Johan Agebjörn and his still-secretive chanteuse have hardly altered their working template, so album number two feels mostly like a déjà vu whirlwind of glistening synths and icily insistent beats, laden with sweetly cooed romantic disclosures and hushed spoken asides. It’s a rather less uncanny feat the second time around, certainly, and My Guilty Pleasure can’t help but feel like something of a letdown after the starry-eyed singularity and surprise of Shapiro’s initial appearance, but more of the same is, in this case, far from a horrible thing. To some extent, it’s hard to say what else could have been expected — the two discs’ worth of largely reverent remixes that followed Disco Romance were surprisingly scant on potential new directions (that said, the one remixer who crops up again here, Tensnake, does provide a loose, poppy highlight in “Moonlight Dance,” even if it’s less distinctive than his dubby, percussive mix of “I’ll Be By Your Side”). Excepting perhaps wholesale retreads like “Looking at the Stars” and “My Fantasy” (dead ringers for the first album standouts “Hold Me So Tight” and “I Know”), the sameness of the sound isn’t necessarily such a problem in itself; more disappointing is that nothing here follows up on the charismatic songwriting promise of the stellar inter-album singles “He Keeps Me Alive” and “Jackie Jackie” (which appeared on the North American release of Disco Romance and the European edition of this album) — even with Gunnarsson aboard, nothing here approaches the personable nature of those songs or of his work for Cloetta Paris (whose overlooked 2008 debut is a far more worthy next step for Shapiro admirers). The closest are probably “Love in July” (featuring an almost imperceptible vocal cameo from Paris), whose electro-tinged warmth does indeed inject a bit of summer into Shapiro’s decidedly wintry vibe, and “Save Your Love,” a simple but touching blast of quasi-Hi-NRG dance. The lushly arranged album closer, (and first single), “Miracle” is a nicely effective piece of overwrought emotionalism, complete with fake thunderstorm. A little variety goes a long way — here’s hoping the next album will continue to explore further afield. In the meantime, this may be a holding pattern, but it’s one worth holding on to. Diminishing results are, after all, still results. – K. Ross Hoffman

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