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TrettioŚriga Kriget - Efter Efter (After After) CD (album) cover


TrettioŚriga Kriget


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3 stars Reflections on their journey

"Efter Efter" is the 9th studio album of the long lived Swedish outfit known as Trettioariga Kriget (TK), who've been around for about 40 years now. "After After" (in English) is the final album of the trilogy that began with "The Fire of Years." It was recorded in Stockholm between late 2010 and early 2011. The themes of the album deal with the past, looking back on their lives and years as a band, and looking at how those events have shaped the present. While I've only heard two of their albums, TK reminds me most of Dire Straits before their commercial phase, when they played longer and more instrumentally focused music. Their albums have a similar feel to early Dire Straits with melancholic, blue-mood atmospheres rising from the background keyboards and mellotron. Other reference points for me are the Yugo bands LebiSol and Tako. The superb lead guitar work touches on blues and fusion with a refined quality not unlike Mark Knofler or David Gilmour in places. Some of the solos are truly epic and will please guitar aficionados; overall the TK sound certainly presents guitars over keyboards. Occasionally there will be heavier riffs or softer passages but for the most part the tracks are somewhat middle of the road, rocking with good emotion, but nothing mind blowing. TK is a refined and mature project that is of a good quality but unfortunately they have never really excited me in a huge way, though to be fair many rate them higher than I do. Certainly worth investigating if you like the bands mentioned. 3 stars.

"....these masters of dynamics are able to enact the play of sunlight upon waves in the landscape that has formed them and that they have made their own. What do they achieve? I would say: vigorous beauty. What has been the major force behind their years and years of playing together? I think the answer lies in one of the lines of this song: at their best, love itself has been their guest." ---band reflections from their website

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