Sally Shapiro is a pseudonym for a Swedish electro-pop act produced by Johan Agebjörn -- an odd revelation at first glance. Agebjörn is at the helm, overseeing the technical side of things while an unnamed female vocalist -- who we are to believe is Sally Shapiro -- provides the project with its driving force -- light, haunting and unmistakably Scandinavian vocals. Sally is what makes her new album My Guilty Pleasure such a simple yet unique offering amid the throngs of electronic pop music -- her vocals are always spot on, yet they seem so damn effortless that it can be unfair to think of how talented a singer she truly is.
My introduction to Sally Shapiro was the single "Miracle," a piano-driven song with a menacing little chorus that will bore itself into your head for days on end. It's a painfully simple song, yet Sally's singing pushes it into that upper echelon of electronic -- if not just pop -- music. Having a talent like Shapiro's (believe me it's weird to reference a person by a pseudonym, but Sally Shapiro is an especially weird case since we don't know her real name) is pretty much all you need, yet Agebjörn is as much responsible for what makes My Guilty Pleasure such a solid album.
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