Flip to the entry for Sweden in the encyclopedia and the description sounds almost utopian: phenomenal public schools, impossibly low crime rates and a universal healthcare system that could silence Michael Moore. At first listen, the music of Peter Björn and John, the country's freshly minted indie-rock poster boys, appears to reflect this idyllic existence. It's bubblegum pop that could pass as the latter-day Beach Boys: Foot-tapping percussion and jangly, hum-along guitar melodies are accented by maracas, bongos and whistling. But a closer listen reveals that these sugary-sweet arrangements coat mournful, introspective lyrics of regret — and... More >>>