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Carptree

 

Neo-Prog

3.94 | 79 ratings

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ShW1
4 stars He finally sings!

Let me announce, that the 5th album from this neo Swedish duo, is by far their best. As they say themself in a PA interview (and I'm still willing for a link between artist pages to interviews), this album is another step in their maturation. I definitely agree. The songs are as good as in the previous album 'Insekt'. Maybe a bit less deep and versatile, but on the other hand gain a better flow, cohesiveness and catchiness. However, the main benefit here is a huge improvement in Niclas Flinck's vocals and performance, and that's make the whole difference. I quite agree with the reviewers that pointed on some flaws on Flinck's singing so far, but I always felt that there is a real potential there, that maybe one day will be fulfilled. In this album it really happens, and that's wonderful.

This album is relatively short, 46 minutes long, and holds 7 excellent songs, with a few schmaltzy moments here and there. But still it's on the right side of the fence, and these not- to-many moments are always balanced by some intricate harmonies and less expected melodies. Apart from this we get great moog solos (or moog-like), a real grand piano, (not the usual dubious piano samples), and a bit of keyboards strings, that, due to a clever sound and playing from talented Carl Westholm, really sounds like STRINGS. Generally there are interesting arrangements, and great sound and production. Along with Flinck's improved vocals, we get a lovely package, and a true 'album experience', which is so hard to find nowadays.

The album opens with 'Kicking and collecting'. The atmosphere moves between contemplative to some dramatic moments. It continues with even more dramatic 'Land of plenty', with a very powerful finale that suit to the tragic lyrics. There are some other mood changes along this album, and it ends up with the lyrical and calm 'the Water' song, with great moog solo, and soft and gentle fender-like sounds toward the end.

So kudus to Carptreee for this album. Now just one thing: They said in the PA interview that in nowadays realm, they are quite desperate to release another albums, and will concentrate from now in publish songs as standalones, EP's, or something alike. Now it's our job to dissuade them from doing so, simply by buying this album. For now, (review date), due to a brief search on the internet, there are some physical copies only at the 'just for kicks' recordstore. Hence maybe this duo will change their mind and offers us another album soon, and another addition of this one. Yes, maybe I'm just na've but I decided at least to try. They really deserve this little effort from me, due to an excellent and very enjoyable album. 4 shining stars.

ShW1 | 4/5 |

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