Single: Måns Zelmerlöw – “Run For Your Life” (2014)

Oh Måns, I’ve missed you. It’s been 5 years since his last main studio album “MZW“, and since then it’s been a little quiet… there’s been a Christmas album, hosting Melodifestivalen 2010, and a few random appearances on singles, but otherwise Måns has been pursuing other things. At least his Instagram looks like he’s been sunning it up with friends in all manner of glamorous locations.

Mans ZelmerlowBut he’s back with a new album “The Barcelona Sessions”, out today in fact. I’ve got some catching up to do, he’s had two singles out already to support it – “Broken Parts” and “Beautiful Life” – and a third is now here to launch the album.

Oh, and a few nights ago he hosted Swedish gay magazine QX’s annual Gaygalan, in a variety of outfits including a ship’s captain, a scantily clad American footballer, and… totally naked for a Miley “Wrecking Ball” skit. I wondered why “Måns Zelmerlöw Naken” was my top search term today… I’ve updated the “Men of Malmö” post, no point disappointing anyone. But here he is anyway in his full glory. Oh Måns…

mans zelmerlow naked naken

Tales of Måns ‘going rock’ seem to have been blown up out of proportion a little. Sure, after “MZW” and its dance-pop style, this is a chance, adding more guitars to the mix, but it’s not to the point of alienating the old Melodifestivalen fans. Or not me anyway. The synths are alive and well, so don’t panic. He’s got a leather jacket and a beard now though, our Måns is growing up…

I love the melody, and it’s vocal-driven rather than noise-driven. I suppose The Killers would be a decent place to start comparisons, though that’s oversimplifying a bit. His voice has always been the selling point of the music for me, and he’s in good form. The chorus hook is strong, even if maybe it feels a little repetitive after 3:30.

Either way, I’m glad to have him back, especially with this new-found tendency to take his clothes off. I’m excited to hear the album.

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