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Nikola Sarcevic - Roll Roll and Flee (Cover Artwork)

Nikola Sarcevic

Nikola Sarcevic: Roll Roll and FleeRoll Roll and Flee (2006)
Burning Heart

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: ScruffyScruffy
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Any fan of Millencolin knows what to expect from Nikola Sarcevic: nigh-irritatingly catchy melodies and simple lyrics that allow for moments of astute observation. This didn't change on his solo debut, 2004's Lock-Sport-Krock, and it hasn't changed on Roll Roll and Flee. Roll Roll and Flee was re.
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Any fan of Millencolin knows what to expect from Nikola Sarcevic: nigh-irritatingly catchy melodies and simple lyrics that allow for moments of astute observation. This didn't change on his solo debut, 2004's Lock-Sport-Krock, and it hasn't changed on Roll Roll and Flee.

Roll Roll and Flee was released in Europe on Burning Heart Records last year, but it has yet to see American release. This is disappointing, as it is an enormous leap forward from the bargain bin-worthy songs that made up two-thirds of Lock-Sport-Krock.

Sarcevic's first album was great in spots, but overall sounded like acoustic punk songs. Just like many of Sarcevic's peers, his solo sound didn't vary much from his full-time band, save for a lack of distortion and speed. On Roll Roll and Flee, however, he has come into his own as a solo artist, with a `70s pop/folk sound similar to that explored by a few of his labelmates that have also gone solo, namely Greg Graffin and Dennis Lyxzèn. There is an interesting variety of instruments on this album, and one of my personal favorites is the harmonica, which is played with a precision and necessity that so many singer-songwriters fail to achieve. Throughout the whole of Roll Roll and Flee, I am amazed by the level of musicianship and the coherence of the songs. It's not that the parts are impressively complex, but that they are played almost effortlessly. Of particular note is how well-suited the drums are for this style. They're never flashy, but obviously not placed under Sarcevic's guitar as an afterthought.

From the interesting chorus melody on "From Where I'm Standing" to the line "'Even Christians are afraid of dying,' I think I heard you say," Sarcevic's wordplay proves impressive on this album. The lyrical content is relatively depressing, and the music compliments it, only approaching upbeat on a few country rock numbers. In an age where many of his contemporaries are aping `60s folk and hillbilly music, it's interesting that Sarcevic's more direct influences seem to be Simon and Garfunkel, the Eagles, Jackson Browne, Nick Drake and the like.

Despite all of this, the album fails to completely stay with the listener. The stronger songs stick, much like the strong songs off of Sarcevic's debut, but the others are initially forgettable. Unlike Lock-Sport-Krock, however, Roll Roll and Flee's weaker songs are not weak themselves, only in comparison to the better songs. This may have prevented this album from receiving more notice in 2006, but it bodes well for Sarcevic's future output. Personally, I am enjoying this album more and more as I listen to it.

The bottom line is that this album will largely appeal to fans of Millencolin AND poppy folk songs. It is not a mindblowing album that will change your view of music. But the songs are very good, which, by itself, is something rare. If anything I have said has piqued your interest, find a way to listen to this album.

 

 
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dropkicksoul (February 9, 2008)

sweden isn't that cold

Anonymous (January 29, 2007)

According to Ben Weasel, you're not punk if you don't have a leather jacket.
I have no idea why he ever thought sharing that idea with the world was a smart move.

Anonymous (January 29, 2007)

The lead single is incredibly catchy.

mudlogger (January 28, 2007)

"Fur hoods are so not punk"

Maybe things are different in Sweden...

mustard (January 28, 2007)

Fur hoods are so not punk

skaboom (January 27, 2007)

He is a very attractive man. Just sayin'.

punk_rawk_show (January 27, 2007)

the aLbum came out in Australia ages ago, i really like it, the sound of millencolin helps though

GlassPipeMurder (January 26, 2007)

looks like a model in that fur hood.

Godfather (January 26, 2007)

haven't heard this yet but i'll give it a chance eventually

score is for pennybridge pioneers

mikeinflames (January 26, 2007)

his first solo album was great. and it looks like this one isn't going to be released in north america anytime soon. epitaph said they won't be putting out it. and i can't see him fishing around for a label that will.

damnitsderek (January 26, 2007)

This sounds really interesting. I hope it comes out in the U.S. sometime soon. Good review.

Inspection12e (January 26, 2007)

has anyone noticed that the cover artwork is a tribute to Paul Simon's S/T album (or a total ripoff of it, some might say) ?

yes

thirtyseconds (January 26, 2007)

Excellent.

Anonymous (January 26, 2007)

You can find this album on torrent sites. It's not too bad. In my opinion, Millencolin really softened up a few albums ago so I was prepared for this display of vaginal secretions. This cd is good if you just want to feel depressed or if you skin your knee and need something to cry to.

Scruffy (January 26, 2007)

"Lovetrap" is off of Lock-Sport-Krock. This album isn't available in the U.S., and I have no idea if it will be.

Does anyone know if Franky Lee is coming out here in the US?

kjb83 (January 26, 2007)

Does anyone know if theres a place to stream this, or even just buy it online?

mikeinflames (January 26, 2007)

has this been released in north america yet? i can't find it anywhere

spoon_of_grimbo (January 26, 2007)

i've heard "lovetrap," not sure which album it's off, but it wasn't bad at all.

if you like this sort of thing, check out "sleep is for the week" by frank turner (ex-vocalist of million dead), its excellent!

Anonymous (January 26, 2007)

not in the slightest bit interested as he's in millencolin

FrankFF (January 26, 2007)

Excellent review which highlights the qualities and flaws of this record pretty accurately and fairly.

Roll, Roll and Flee is indeed far better than Lock-Sport-Krock.

P.S. : has anyone noticed that the cover artwork is a tribute to Paul Simon's S/T album (or a total ripoff of it, some might say) ?...

Anonymous (January 26, 2007)

this guy is aamazlingly gaye

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