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By: Chuck Taylor Senior Correspondent/Billboard Magazine, New York

Anders Holst is a regal contender to become the new crowned prince of contemporary romantic music. The original compositions across Romantika glide with the ease and beauty of a springtime drive through the countryside. Utilizing the gloss of majestic grand piano, breezy horns, sweet sax and whispering strings, Holst accompanies with a vocal style that sweeps the listener along, even as he offers a frank lyrical portrait of decidedly grown-up themes: love gone wrong, resulting sorrow and isolation”along with hints of resolve and redemption....
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“His (Anders) honest and original love songs can give romantic music a brand new chance. Do your heart a favor and check him out.” QUINCY JONES

“Anders Holst is a regal contender to become the new crowned prince of contemporary romantic music. The original compositions across ‘Romantika’ glide with the ease and beauty of a springtime drive through the countryside.” CHUCK TAYLOR, BILLBOARD MAGAZINE

“’All About Soul’ is the best I've heard from Holst… it is a very well-written tune and Holst's smooth jazz interpretation makes it a great track for our smooth jazz channel. People hear Boz and Robert Palmer in the music … the vocal approach is best described as a blend of Bryan Ferry and Peter Gabriel.” WILL KINNALLY, MUSIC CHOICE

“Soulful Swedish singer/songwriter Anders Holst blends smoky jazz with the adult contemporary melodicism of Sting, Seal, and Leonard Cohen. Introspective, spiritual, and romantic, Anders deftly weaves pop, jazz, and classical into a smooth style all its own.” JAMES CHRISTOPHER MONGER, ALL MUSIC GUIDE

“It grabbed me instantly; I haven’t heard music and lyrics like this before. When you can play something unique after listening to music for 35 years, that’s fantastic!“ FRED BRONSON, BILLBOARD MAGAZINE

“Every year I pick my top 50 faves… out of a thousand downloads, they are the best!! At # 45. ‘Love Me Like a River’ ” Anders Holst . At first I just fell for the arrangement & orchestration, so what’s wrong with that?” AL KOOPER

“The album itself highlights Holst’s ability to perform cool jazz and groove. Holst’s song writing melds fervent, solicitous, fanciful lyrics with strains that will touch your heart, mind and soul… this release will drive you through a sentimental pilgrimage, visiting jazz and blues in contemporary soundscapes. Heartily recommended.“ ANA ISABEL ORDONEZ, JAZZREVIEW.COM

“This debut offering by the soulful, deep voiced Swedish born singer, songwriter and producer may only be five tracks long but its soaring melodies, rich production texture and clever wistful lyrics pack an emotional punch equal to most full-length collections... A nostalgic journey through his adopted hometown, that beautifully blends pop, jazz, classical and chill flavors.” JONATHAN WIDRAN, SMOOTH JAZZ NEWS

“Combine warm, thoughtful, romantic, and, at times, bittersweet lyrics with melodies that will get inside your head and under your skin... add a smoky, intriguing voice, lush instrumentation, and sparkling production... and you've got a grand success! I thoroughly enjoy this collection of tunes on Five, and eagerly await much more from Anders Holst!” SCOTT O'BRIEN, SMOOTHJAZZ.COM

  • Romantika

    Unheard of Music
    2008
  • Five

    Unheard of Music
    2005

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