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3.60 | 188 ratings

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3 stars Here is another interesting Swedish band on the prog scene. Not that I do rate them as one of my fave source of happiness, but still: they provide me some fine musical feel for sure.

There are a lot of these Northern bands to convey such a fine appeal after all. I wouldn't say that this album is a masterpiece (this should be constricted to a very limited amount of great albums IMHHO) but the music overall is intelligently constructed, pleasantly complicated, remarkably heavy loaded with lots of ''GG'' fantasy as well (''Today'').

This album is a fine discovery and certainly deserves your understanding or even more. Actually, you would be amazed to listen to such an album: so different from the great symphonic Northern scene yet so far from the ecstasy of some other ''Eclectic'' bands.

IMO, their music is just a perfect mixture between complexity and a more accessible approach. But at no moment was I by-passed. Just the beauty of a track like ''Spegeldans''. A great instrumental middle part which is just outstanding only adds to the feeling.

If ever the great mellotron sound is of your liking (I am one of this kind, but I 'm biased), just close your eyes and listen to the great intro of ''Brother''. Relax, cool off, forget of all of your nightmares and just concentrate on this great track. Another highlight for sure.

It is also a given that not all the tracks are jewels (but otherwise this album would have been a masterpiece, right?). The funky / reggae-ish ''A Good Excuse'' is probably the best (worst) example of this.

But on the other hand, the punkish ''Om En Utväg Fanns'' holds such strong and great feel from ''The Vibrators'' type of music that this album is certainly a great mix of different good influences. To be able to mix prog with punk is not a common thing. But I like them both.

The epic closing number is definitely a song to discover: a great combination of crazy stuff of the seventies and more serious music of latter days. A great combination indeed .especially the superb fluting of course. This ''Psychic Amplifier'' is another highlight from this good debut album.

Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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