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INDIAN SUMMER

Landberk

 

Heavy Prog

3.57 | 87 ratings

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Sean Trane
Special Collaborator
Prog Folk
2 stars 2.5 stars really!!!

Fourth album (or third depending on how you view the double version of the debut album), and what was to be their last, Indian Summer can surprise a bit, partly because of the unusual pregnant women artwork, but also the change of drummer, Dahlback being replaced by Lindholm. After the generally disappointing One Man's Tale Another, the group was awaited around the bend, and many were quite pleased with the present album. If many are pleased with IS, this is not the case of yours truly, who doesn't find the album much an improvement over the previous snoozefest. This is one of those albums that received two official and contemporary releases (both now long OOP), one on their usual Record Heaven, and the other on the famous Musea label.

Most of the tracks on the present IS are either moody mid-tempo or slightly more upbeat rockers, but we're a long way from the double-versions of the debut album's haunting ambiances, partly due to the new drummer's unsubtle drumming. Another thing is the band's now-eroded over-reliance on the mellotron sound, even if it is still effective enough, especially countering the still-effective and unique Fiske guitar sound; but should you take the trons out, I'm not sure there is that much substance left to these. Because it is not loud crappy tracks like 1st Of May that do much good to the album, and neither does the equally loud Dustgod, which seems to have some programmed keyboard sounds or the drum-loud but overly simple Dreamdance. Unfortunately the better tracks are the moody ones, but they remain unexciting at best and a bit soporific at worst. Landberk's swansong is probably one of prog's most overrated supposedly masterpiece.

Sean Trane | 2/5 |

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