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KLOSSA KNAPITATET

Samla Mammas Manna

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

4.08 | 100 ratings

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Sean Trane
Special Collaborator
Prog Folk
4 stars How could SMM better their work after the astounding Maltid? Well they certainly tried very hard to duplicate the success without making a carbon copy of their previous oeuvre or reproducing exactly the recipe and almost succeeded in bringing us something as tasty as Maltid. But Klossa Kuapitatet (KK for short) is still an excellent album, that was recorded the following year with an unchanged line-up and it was granted another weird freak artwork, again with no obvious relation with the music, even with the track titles translated.

Staying more or less in the same musical realm than with Maltid, KK actually dare goa little further in jazz (or jazz-rock as in the superb and lengthy Liten Dialektik), or in the burlesque (the yodelling of Kaninhal) or even in the dissonant and absurd (Influences) or in the festive folk and circus-like music (Mousemilkingmachine) and sometimes Crimsonoid deviations (Influences again). The Zappa stature is probably less present here than on Maltid though, and while the vocalms remains strange, we can also say they're less Focus-like as well. Elsewhere Holmer is giving us some accordion (yuck!!) on the title track, while the closing Ramlosa Kvallar is a fitting closing bit for such a crazy album that the name ended up being used for a future acoustic folk side-project, but here it's definitely more like Crimson playing Moonshine or Providence and after that returning to some brilliant polka music..

With Maltid under their belt, SMM tried a bit too hard to better or match their previous effort, and it is that very "forced bit" that does make the difference, but probably the opposite way they had intended. Still an excellent album, even if it lacks its predecessor's almost flawless aura.

Sean Trane | 4/5 |

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