December 15, 2009

10 Moments of the 00's #5

No 5: Missing a golden opportunity (2001)
No 6: Throwing a plant at the audience (2005)
No 7: Receiving the Letteris et Artibus medal (2007)
No 8: "Les Misérables" in London's West End (2002)
No 9: "Find My Way To Bethlehem" (2009)
No 10: Johnson & Häggkvist miss the finale (2008)

In June 2000 the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet broke the news—Carola had begun a collaboration with the guys from Sweet Chariots: Niclas Frisk (previosly lead singer of Atomic Swing) and Andreas Mattsson (previously Popsicle)! This was news the music columnists and fans agreed seem to be a big step in the right direction for Carola. Aftonbladet wrote:
"Carola is in the recording studio with the rock'n'roll guys from Sweet Chariots. A more interesting collaboration is hard to find. (...) Mattsson and Frisk have given Carola a bunch of new songs. Their intentions are serious. Now it's up to Carola. (...) But, now it seems Carola has made her mind up. She has chosen to collaborate with two of the most respected men on the Swedish music scene. Two guys with great respect for the music history and their roots in classic guitar-based pop and rock. (...) She has proven she can sing any genre of music: hymns, pop, gospel, musicals. But she still hasn't made THE album. Her instant classic. It might be time for that now".
In July Carola gave her fans and the critics a sneak peek at what the new material sounded like when she performed two songs during a concert in Tylösand. The critics were ecstatic! But, when the album "My Show" was released on November 19 2001, only one of the songs from the Frisk-Mattsson collaboration had survived ("You + Me" was released as a promo single in August 2002, see cover above), but it had been re-recorded to fit the pop sound of the album. The critics were in slight shock:
"But dear, dear Carola... What have you done? (...) I heard some of the songs they recorded and saw them perform together last summer, and it was truly a fantastic experience. (...) For the first time it seemed Carola expressed something—and she did it a raw and naked way, so direct with such sexually charged intensity that I wrote 'A Swedish Aretha' in my notebook. (...) There is nothing more tragic than wasted talent. The album 'My Show' makes me genuinely sad!"
You might not agree with everything said by the critics, but in fact Carola has later stated that she regrets not completing the album with Frisk and Mattsson. One song that Carola rejected was titled "Help Somebody" and later recorded by Peter Jöback (listen to his version here). We can only imagine what the Carola/Frisk/Mattsson album would have sounded like and what in what direction it might had taken Carola's career, but I considered it the fifth most memorable moment of the decade. Even if in the end, it never happened...

Tomorrow it's time to reveal the no 4 moment of the 00's.

Agree or disagree? Don't worry, on December 20 it's your time to vote for what you think is the no 1 moment of the 00's. Until then, feel free to leave your comments here.

(Translations by Carola International)



  1. Is that a memorable and important moment??i don't think've done a great job in the list but no5 sucks!

  2. Thank you for posting your opinion!
    I wanted to summarize the last decade, with everything from big to small (throwing plants) things that happened, that in one way or the other made an impact. I was so excited when the news broke that Carola was about to record a "real" pop/rock album, and I think many other fans agree with me, but when the album came out we realized that this wasn't it. This wasn't the album we hoped for... Hopefully next year!
    Again, thanks for posting your opinion, it's really interesting to know what others think!

  3. Maybe you're right,cause i don't live in scandinavia and i didn't have the chance to live this moment when it happened.i am a really "international" fan(greek).so i apologize.i am so curious to see what will happen next in the list.thank you.

  4. No need for apologies! I'm excited to hear from other fans!

  5. And fantastic to know I have at least one Greek fan here! Welcome!

  6. and also an Spanish fan here!!! your job on the website is great, thanks!!!
    A pity that nobody (but eurofans) knows Carola here...

  7. Thank you Marcos! I'm happy you found my website! Enjoy, and keep coming back!

  8. Sure, I check the website everyday.
    By the way, what about the pdf's with all the lyrics we could find in the former website? Also a pity because the information on that web was really complete

  9. I agree! I was SO excited when I read about this collaboration, but let down greatly when My Show appeared and was just middle of the road britney-celine wannabe album. Here's to hoping they'll one day get back to studio together. Also I'd love to see what Marit Bergman could do with Carola's talent... Why doesn't Carola see the opprtunities that are there?