Stories is the second studio album by Swedish electronic music producer Avicii, released on 2 October 2015 by PRMD Music and Island Records. It was produced by Avicii along with Salem Al Fakir, Alex Ebert, Carl Falk, Kristoffer Fogelmark, Martin Garrix, Dhani Lennevald, Ash Pournouri, Albin Nadler, and Vincent Pontare on several tracks. It is his last studio album to be released in his lifetime.
Stories album is disappointing according to a report published at rollingstone.com by Will Hermes.
"Stories. Superstar Swedish DJ turns kitchen-sink pop producer, with disappointing results. “California! Don’t let me down! Seems so golden!” chants Avicii’s Swedish homeboy Sandro Cavazza on “Sunset Jesus.” It’s a striver’s tale, engineered by eight co-writers, that reimagines 1970s K-Tel-style AM radio pop as a Eurocheese house rave-up, complete with a relentless crowd sample that suggests a Rose Bowl full of Red Bull-chugging 6th graders. Sure, America may be a mess. But as the superstar DJ also known as Tim Bergling proved on his country-tinged 2013 smash, True — and reasserts on this all-star follow-up — promised-land fantasies remain a solid pop investment. Avicii is one of the planet’s most successful DJs, and he clearly aspires to the craft of countrymen like Max Martin, which is understandable in an era when producers are the new guitar gods. But Bergling lacks the chops to transform the cliché — which he never has trouble locating — into the classic. “Waiting For Love” counts off the days of the week against a Eurovision oompah beat; “True Believer” is pop-house piffle with Chris Martin on the chorus. Throughout, watered-down Daft Punk moves abound. The most successful tracks are the weird ones and, often, the ones that feel most Scandinavian. “Pure Grinding” is duty-free trap music cut with polyester funk via a Midwestern bluesman-turned-rapper and a Swedish pop singer. “Somewhere in Stockholm” is its cultural mirror-version, with guest MC Daniel Adams-Ray repping for Sweden’s clean streets like a dual-citizenship Nate Ruess. Yet ultimately it’s those country-club hybrids first coined on True that come off the best. Zac Brown’s earthy, relatively unprocessed baritone never sounded more refreshing than on “Broken Arrows,” with its hilariously breakneck hoedown-breakdown. And “Trouble” is a pick-up truck banger that Darius Rucker should seriously consider adding to his set. Sung by Wayne Hector — part of the team that co-wrote Nicki Minaj’s “Starships” — in a voice that’s digitally rippled like the sound of heat waves on asphalt, the song rhymes “city of gold” with “yellow brick road” over-earnest strumming, fiddle noise, and an undeniable big beat. It’s hardly Taylor Swift, but it should spur some water-cooler talk in Nashville. Too bad Stories brings so little to the EDM conversation."
Danka says"Refund never arrived :( It's been 2 months since I returned the dress and they still didn't manage to return my money back. The quality of the dress was horrible, therefore I sent it back on the same day. Now I'm in contact with their customers service that always have a different information about my transaction. Extremely horrible!"
K L A says"TLDR; AVOID AT ALL COSTS. terrible customer service, they will not help one bit and will effectively steal your money. The worst customer service I have ever unfortunately had to encounter. They refused to return on to an Amex Card but no where does it state this. We were therefore conned into receiving handwritten fairly random vouchers. Will these even work? Who knows. Turns out you cannot use these online they HAVE to be used in store. When I explained that it’s my elderly mother who would have had to make a four house round trip to no guarantee of even being able to use them and that in fact it was their own shop assistant in one of their stores that had conned my mother in the first place; they didn’t care. Of course they didn’t. I assume they’ve done this because they’re so shocked someone has spent almost £100 they have to try and keep hold of this as it must surely have been their only profits through this time based on the reviews. Very very sad that H&M has this branch as I’ve never had a problem with their main stores."
HS says"I returned some of the items I purchased online around the end of April, and I never got a notification if they received those items. The tracking number I was given stopped working at some point. One month later, since I did not get my refund to my original payment method (credit card), I decided to email them what is going on. They finally notified me that they received the items and would give me refund. Then I got an automated message that there was an error that they could not send the refund to my credit card. They did not give me any solution until I reached out again and asked if there is another way to get the refund. I was asked to provide my address so that they would send me a check. Since I was moving out of my apt at the end of July and leave the US for at least the rest of the year, I asked them to make sure the check will arrive by then. I told them about it weeks before my moving day. Did I get a check? NO. Since I didn't get my check, I asked once again if they could try and send the refund to the original payment method. They refused. They said they cannot do it. This is extremely bizarre. Why can't they just give it a try and see if it works this time? Since I am now out of the US, I gave them my foreign address. They asked me to give a US address. I told them I currently don't have one since I completely moved out of my apt and put everything in the storage. Then guess what they said. They said they cannot send a check to a non-US address. They insisted I should see if any of my relatives or friends in the US can get the check for me and forward it to me. No other solution was provided. So basically I won't be able to get my refund (it's over $80) since I can't provide a US address. It has been MORE THAN THREE MONTHS since I returned those items. Yet I haven't got my money back. DO NOT SHOP with & Other Stories if you don't want to deal with this kind of problems for months just to lose your time and money."
Daniela says"If I would be able to give -100 stars I would do it. I just had the most horrible customer service experience. & Other Stories - I just spoke with one of your customer service representatives in NL, and he couldn't care less that I placed an order which it didn't go through because apparently, you have an issue with ideal and that I didn't receive the money-back yet. Moreover, the amount is quite considerable. I asked what will be the next step and then he told me - I will contact the administration, bye. and then he closed. Are you serious?? and let's not forget the fact that we, the customers pay for the phone call. I will never shop with you again because you don't respect your customers!"
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