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Klotet - Det Har Aldrig Hänt Och Kommer Aldrig Hända Igen CD (album) cover




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3.39 | 9 ratings

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3 stars This is the second album by the promising young quartet from Uppsala, prog(g) capital of (the world) Sweden!

This album is almost 15 minutes shorter than their debut release with a playtime of about 34 minutes, not counting the bonus track. According to the album's liner notes it was actually recorded during the summer of 2008 which is quite confusing considering that En Rak Höger was released in September of that same year. Does that mean that this recording is a compilation of bonus tracks? The music here does feel much less adventurous and technical and I almost get the feeling that this album was originally intended as a fun little EP release but then somehow it still turned into a full scale studio album.

I miss the short interludes between the songs especially since many of these performances follow the same basic pattern of a throbbing bass/steady drum beat and an underlying keyboard melody complemented by a guitar lead. There are unfortunately not enough moments here that diverse from this set-up but it's those moments that really make this album worthy experience for me. The album begins with a very strong intro composition titled Gastronomika Proportioner. The music starts off with an extreme-metal sounding drum-section while the rest of the band plays a much softer and direct melodic arrangement. This contrast feels at first quite offsetting but it all starts to make sense with the transition that occurs halfway through the performance. For a moment there I actually thought that I was listening to a Naked City album! After such a strong opening number I was really looking forward to what the rest of this new release had in store.

Sket Man Väl I is this album's first promotional single and it's here that the music looses a lot of the momentum for me. There isn't really anything wrong with strong melodically driven instrumental music but I just lack the promising signs of complexity that were featured on En Rak Höger. The drummer keeps pretty much a steady beat throughout the entire performance and the composition variations are few and not all that memorable. I might have been less discouraged by this if it wasn't for the fact that this trend continues almost all throughout the first half of the album. It's only when we get to the short piece called Oj! that we get a glimpse of variation on this whole concept. It features a much faster sounding drumbeat and the whole composition seems to be spinning in a crazy endless loop. The music takes an even greater turn for the better with Ekot Från Avgrunden which features an upbeat build-up section followed by a slow and melodic guitar lead part that I enjoy immensely. The composition also has a memorable middle section and it's truly a pity that more of these performances couldn't have been prolonged by at least 30 seconds just to feature such beauty.

The album concludes with the title track composition featuring a memorable synthesizer work by Milve Sofia Rydahl but other than that it's just another one of the basic pattern performances that I mentioned earlier. The music stops halfway through the track and resumes once again at a 5:30 minute mark with a loop of voice that sound as if it could belong to Fredrik Reinfeldt, our current Prime Minister of Sweden. I honestly have no idea what to make of this bonus track. Is it supposed to be a joke or is there actually some sort of a political statement behind it all? Judging by the artwork of Klotet's albums they might seem like a political band but this issue has so far never interfered with the content of their music.

I'm on a fence when it comes to rating Det Har Aldrig Hänt och Kommer Aldrig Hända Igen. Since this release isn't on par with the great debut album I can't really rate it on the same level. Still it's not anywhere near the collectors/fans only material that the 2-star rating might suggest. Therefore it's a really good, but non-essential release!

***** star songs: Gastronomika Proportioner (2:25) Ekot Från Avgrunden (3:55)

**** star songs: Dödad av Döden (3:32) Falska Pengar (2:38) Hjärnsubstans (2:22) Hållplats Hades (2:37) Oj! (1:26) Atomvinter (3:06) Kapten Sjöbjörn (2:58) Brakander Boogie (3:19)

*** star songs: Sket Man Väl I (2:33) Det Har Aldrig Hänt och Kommer Aldrig Hända Igen (7:00)

Rune2000 | 3/5 |


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