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4.11 | 276 ratings

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5 stars The Hemulic Voluntary Band, Ritualīs fourth studio album, with its folk flavour, complex variations, unusual instruments and childlike inspiration, fulfils the journey of this band into a really progressive musical realm. All the tracks but 'In The Wild' inspired by Tove Janssonīs novels, it has beautiful polyrhythm, amazing arrangements and Patrik Lundströmīs awesome vocals. You can find influences from Gentle giant, Jethro Tull and so on, but always with Ritualīs own personality which includes a lot of swing, as in the track that opens the album. Emotion is the main character here, with delightful themes like 'Late In November', a song full of sweet melancholy emphasized by the nyckelharpa and other traditional instruments. My favourite song is the one that opens the album and, of course, 'A Dangerous Journey', a 27 minutes long epic, a marvellous fairytale a la 'Alice in Wonderland'. Its first nine minutes are acoustic (guitar, bouzouki, harmonium, nyckelharpa), and then it becomes electric, sometimes in a jazz-night-club mood. No place for boredom in this stupendous work. Five stars.
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