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The Carpet Knights


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.92 | 29 ratings

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3 stars According To Life (2009) is the second studio album by Swedish psychedelic rockers The Carpet Knights. Out of interest it might be worth mentioning that one or two members of the group occasionally perform with Oresund Space Collective, a space rock band that can also be found here on ProgArchives. Anyway back to The Carpet Knights and the pseudo-American vocals make them sound like a Californian stoner rock outfit, with the emphasis being firmly on the rock part. All lyrics are in English by the way. Musically, the twin guitars of Jocke Jonsson and Tobbe Wulff dominate and most of the 10 riff-laden songs are medium paced with a bass-heavy sound. Yep, it's a bit of a sludge-fest.

Flute is used to good effect on half the songs and this compensates for the apparent absence of any keyboards. I think that guitars produce what sound effects there are on the album. My main criticism is that the album lacks variety; there's little respite from the heavy, one-paced rockers. LOST is the first song where the pace varies and that's already halfway through the album. Actually, things pick up during the second half with some of the best tracks, notably IF SOON I WILL BE YOU and MAGICAL SPACE-STYLE. There's really not a lot wrong with According To Life - fab riffs, tasty flute, several great tracks - it just suffers a bit due to its sameness.

seventhsojourn | 3/5 |


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