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TA DET LUGNT

Dungen

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.80 | 46 ratings

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Sean Trane
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Prog Folk
3 stars Not being sure why this group is in our PA, Dungen's debut album is by far the group's best record and even in that light, they are not really all that essential to progheads. With the only real link of this alternative rock group being Reine Fiske (ex-Landberk and future Paatos) and a few longer tracks in the second part of the album, Dungen's rock is nothing worth writing home about.

A bunch of short and unmemorable tracks which are derivative of 60's psych rock (with a Lenny Kratvitz-style of production) clog the first part of the album, and one must wait until halfway of the fifth and title track to get a sudden/brutal change and jump a more pleasant realm where instrumental interplay take over from pop songs. All of a sudden, the mood shifts to a jazz-rock with a sax giving the tone, but the chord progression was so absolutely absent, that it might as well have been another track. But from that track onwards, the album reveals a much more adventurous facet (all things being relative, they never get close to uncharted territories) with a good instrumental track next, than an inspired Bortglomd track: it is the album's centerpiece with its Fiske's heavy psyched-out searing guitar soaring like a phoenix, but burning down all too suddenly. The album slides smoothly to its last quarter on rather smoothly, but ends with another highlight (and another Fiske heroic solo), the good Sluta.

Although the album ends in a much better fashion that it started, this writer found that this is a typically over-rated album, where the derivative side of the music does have a tendency to blind a bit the listener's lucid views. Hardly essential and prog-related at best, IMHO

Sean Trane | 3/5 |

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