She defines her music as pop with a screw loose.
It has influences of soul and pop, and it has kind of
fallen in between, singer Titiyo said April 18 in a telephone
interview from Stockholm. It is pop with a twist.
Titiyo is a household name as a soul singer in Sweden, her
home country. Come Along, her most recent hit, further
expanded her fame across Europe. And after its U.S debut June
3, everyone here will know her too.
Here in Europe it did fantastically well, she said.
The album, also titled Come Along, is Titiyos fourth,
and it will be released sometime in August in the United States.
Come Along is also the only album for which she hasnt
written anything herself.
Partly because [I had] little inspiration to write,
she said. And I hadnt written any hits. She
wanted to compile something good and commercial too. After careful
thinking, she approached Peter Svensson, from The Cardigans,
and Joakim Berg, from the Swedish-only singing group Kent, to
write for her. The dynamics between Titiyo, Svensson, Berg,
and producer Tore Johansson, seems to have paid off.
For every song they wrote, the happier I got, Titiyo
In interviews Titiyo has said that her singing is more masculine
now than on her previous albums. I think it has to do
with the lyrics, she said. You can hear that it
is guys who wrote the songs, she added and laughed.
Normally the lyrics Titiyo sings lean towards classic soul,
this time they dont have the complexity that soul tends
to have. They are simpler and more straight forward, yet
with a lot of thought, she said.
There was a challenge to this transition: To head into
a new territory musically without making it sound corny,
she said and laughed.
Fortunately, due to her multi-range voice, the result was more
than satisfactory. It worked because my voice is somewhat
sophisticated, Titiyo said.
Of all the albums she has made, she personally prefer her second
album, This is
Titiyo, 1993. She wrote it with her producer/boyfriend
at the time, Magnus Frykberg, who is also the father of their
child Femi, now 9 years old.
We wrote the album when we were pregnant, she said.
How in the hell could I write such good songs? She
said and laughed.
In an interview on one of the Websites dedicated to her, Titiyo
was asked if she could be a member of any band, which would
it be? She answered that she would want to be member of the
rock group Metallica.
Yes, if I was a dude, Titiyo said and laughed.