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Samla Mammas Manna



4.10 | 171 ratings

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5 stars If you are not a fan of RIO, this is your ideal introduction. Rock-in-Opposition (RIO for short) is often considered a tough genre to get into. Bands of the movement like Univers Zero, Art Zoyd, Henry Cow, and Etron Fou Leloublan were notoriously serious, producing harsh, challenging, and often dissonant music. Samla is the exact opposite of these qualities.

While other RIO bands were being incredibly serious (Etron to an almost comical extent), Samla were not afraid to have some fun. This record is a great example of this. With their unique fusion of Swedish folk music, prog rock, avant-garde, and a touch of jazz, they make wonderful music that no prog fan should ignore. Upbeat, catchy melodies abound, without sacrificing any of the complexity or tightness that makes RIO great. And unlike the previous effort Maltid, every single piece here is great, and each flows marvelously into the next.

The musicianship is very strong here, with all four band members absolutely shining on their respective instruments. As always with Samla, Lars Hollmer's incredible work on keys (electric piano being his dominant keyboard) seems to lead the band, but all of the instruments are participating and adding to the music at all times.

If you are an RIO fan or simply someone looking for melody and FUN, you must check out this record.

rileydog22 | 5/5 |


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