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Samla Mammas Manna



4.06 | 159 ratings

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4 stars

Not sure I hear a whole lot of RIO in Samla Mammas Manna, as the other RIO stuff I'm familiar with is a lot more forbidding than SMM's more playful fusion/bizzaro-prog insanity. With a good degree of mirth balancing out the band's obvious instrumental mastery, SMM cruises along on 'Klossa Knapitatet' as if they were born for this. Healthy jazzrock careens fast and furious throughout "The Mousemilkingmachine" (I'll use the English titles given on the CD) while Zappa-esque angularity weaves its way through "Small Dialectics". Some silly but frightening segues occur, mostly notably on "Come A Little Closer". All songs are enjoyable, no matter how short or long. The mostly-instrumental music is nothing short of a workout, with enough activity happening to stimulate and engage even the most prog- addled brain. Zappa meets Utopia meets Supersister meets Univers Zero meets Trettioariga Kriget meets acid? Maybe...

One thing that makes this a more listenable album than 'Maltid' is the more restrained use of vocals. So much of the vocal stuff on 'Maltid' is so whacky and da-da that it's not only hard to listen to, but detrimental to the enjoyment of the music. Though you get some vocals on 'KK', they're used more sparingly, delivered with a little less intentional stupidity than on 'Maltid'. Of course, seventh track "Influences" veers into this area for a bit, with harsh childlike cries that are disturbing and rather trying. But it wouldn't be Samla Mammas Manna without sounding like gifted musos toeing the line between genius and total mental breakdown.

slipperman | 4/5 |


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