Truth Serum

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Tove LoJanuary 1, 2014
Electropop℗ 2014 Universal Music AB under exclusive license in the United States to Island Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
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Truth Serum is the debut extended play (EP) by Swedish recording artist Tove Lo. The singer signed a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music in 2011, which led her to write songs for artists like Girls Aloud and Icona Pop. Around that time, she was going through a hard situation in a relationship, so she eventually started composing tracks related to that matter. She then decided to keep those tracks for herself as she considered them too personal. Lo independently released two of the songs as singles, "Love Ballad" in October 2012, and "Habits" in March 2013. Their popularity gained the singer a record deal with Universal Records in 2013. The EP was eventually released through the label to digital retailers on 3 March 2014.
Truth Serum has been described as a pop, electropop and indie pop record. According to Lo, the tracks talk about her most intense love affair, from the happy beginning of the relationship to the part when she is trying to move on after the break up. The EP received mostly positive reviews from music critics, who commended the production and the lyrics of the songs.

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Over3:44
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Habits (Stay High) (Oliver Nelson Remix)4:12
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Out Of Mind3:10
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Total length
14:10
Tracks
4
Released
October 7, 2014
Label
℗ 2014 Universal Music AB under exclusive license in the United States to Island Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
File type
MP3
Access type
Streaming and by permanent download to your computer and/or device
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Required for streaming and downloading
Playback information
Via Google Play Music app on Android v4+, iOS v7+, or by exporting MP3 files to your computer and playing on any MP3 compatible music player
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