Being Scandinavian, I was blown away by it when I first heard a live fan recording of it back in the summer of 2011. Still think those live versions are vastly superior to the recording on the WP bonus disc, but it's still a damn fine song. High-strung drama and romance at its finest!
It’s better than I recall, but this track is still a leaden slog through some of the least desirable elements of some of the later period work. The arrangement has some nice touches (the strings especially), but, on the whole, is just too lumbering, too clumsy. The vocals are fine: I particularly like the part leading into the chorus(?) - “and then you came aloooong”, an echo of past histrionic yelps. As for the lyrics - they’re a bit overly dramatic, and with the arrangement, gives the piece an air of taking-itself-too-seriouslyness.
I have always liked this, even though the lyrics aren't up to much. Nicely histrionic and melodramatic, delivered by Moz with a knowing wink that even he knows this is over the top? Was there any other reason for giving this the title Scandinavia than being able to rhyme bored/fjord and crime/Trondheim in the tiresome Bullfighter Dies fashion? This and Art-Hounds were on a different level to three other 2011 tracks, so I'm glad they ended on the World Peace bonus disc.
An enjoyable and erring on the bombastic romp, Scandinavia is a strong number with some great lines. The song is marred for me somewhat by a few (forgive the pun) tongue in cheek lines which make me cringe a little; lines referring to 'eating the soil' and to being 'stabbed' are clearly laid down with lashings of innuendo. Its a bit much for me on a Tuesday morning!