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Änglagård - Epilog CD (album) cover




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4.08 | 686 ratings

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4 stars The second gem by Änglagård does not stay much behind the first ingenious release, it is full of great melodies, melancholy feelings, tasteful and complex playing and no vocals this time.

The album greets the listener by a 2-minute keyboard/violin solemn track before Höstsejd starts with a typical Änglagård sound: Keyboards (Hammond/Mellotron), loud bass, clever guitar and dynamic drums. This track is quite introspective but retains the drama thanks to the ominous Hammond motive. At the 3rd minute, a progressive rock moment with decorative guitar/keyboard take over. Another evidence than even loose jam-like sounding instrumentation is actually thought out and planned to the last detail. Folk inspiration is prevalent in the soft middle part. Worth mentioning is also a piano/flute duel full of melancholy. The composition ends in an experimental way and a bit abruptly.

"Skogsranden" is my least favourite out of 3 long compositions on this album. I want to highlight use of Moog and clever use of 3/4 or 6/8 patterns. It also features one of the most peaceful Änglagård flute solos. Similar to "Höstsejd", the end is a bit unstructured.

"Sista somrar" was meant to be a very fine symphonic and good-bye Epilog by the band. The composition develops slowly before it reaches a dynamic cresciendo. Excellent emotional guitar lead in the mid-section is memorable as well as symphonic Hammond reminiscent of early 70's arrangements. Late in the 9th minute, a fantastic dreamy irregular motive breaks in - in vein with "Finch" or "Focus" however, it is suppressed soon by a heavier section. The compositon remains melancholic owing to its title and leaves the listener with pain in heart but joy in ears.

"Saknadens Fullhet" is a short calm piano-driven track to wish all the best.

Bonus track has a live "Rösten" version with dominating flute and Mellotron.

Highly recommended for fans of Scandinavian prog-rock.

sgtpepper | 4/5 |


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