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3.98 | 491 ratings

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4 stars This is the album which has caused a clone debate recently in PA. A debate I understand after I have been listening to this album for some days. To a large degrees, this is the lost Yes album anno Close To The Edge. Or an outtakes album if you want.

........ That if you accept that Yes is a Norwegian band with only Norwegian members..........

The first impression of the album is that this is a clone. But this album is one of these a bit dreaded "best after 7-8 listenings" albums. That is how much time you need to get over the overly obvious references to Yes. And believe me; I have never ever heard an album with such obvious Yes references. Bands like Druid and Starcastle is nowhere as overly Yes cloned as Wobbler on this album.

Then again, after sometime, and after a lot of shaking my head in just exasperation, the Scandinavian flavour seeps through. The melancholic, Ingmar Bergman movies like melancholy. The one cultural export that everyone recognise as Scandinavian. And I am not talking about IKEA flatpacks here although trying to assemble a sofabed from IKEA based on the enclosed written instructions and inadequate tools is a melancholic despairing feeling too.

After this much dreaded "a while", you get zest of Rites At Dawn. Which is a melancholic Scandinavian albums made by English middle class music.

After giving this album a lot of time, this album is a great album which scores low in the originality stakes. Then again, this has never been a major problem for me (more like an excuse when I want to give an album a low score). All songs are great and I love the melancholic, back to the 1970s sound.

But Wobbler is sailing their viking ship very close to the wind here (Read: clone status) and the ship is close to get shipwrecked. I would not like to be a passenger on that ship. I would rather die in a battle than drown out on the open sea.

But still; a great album which also deserve the controversy it has attracted.

4 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |


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