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MELLOM OSS

Kerrs Pink

 

Prog Folk

3.75 | 34 ratings

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apps79
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3 stars In August 1980 Tore Johansen left Kerrs Pink, feeling he needed a break, followed a bit later by Terje Solaas, who was offered a job far from the area the band was located.The band found a new drummer in Tore Fundingsrud, while they also had built their own studio in Harald Lytomt's barn in TrÝmborg.They recorded the follow-up to ''Kerrs Pink'' on a 4-track recorded between September and November 81', released on Pottittskiver at the fall of the year under the title ''Mellom oss''.

This was definitely an upgrade to the debut, being a nicely structured, slightly CAMEL-esque, melodic Symphonic/Progressive Rock with a more developed sound, similar to German bands like ROUSSEAU or ANYONE'S DAUGHTER.Again the centerpiece of the arrangements is Harald Lytomt's guitar, which now offers series of melodic solos and impressive melodies, definitely in a more consistent performance than on ''Kerrs Pink''.Some nice folky vibes with the use of acoustic guitars and a couple of more melancholic tunes with a Scandinavian feel appear on a few tracks, led by the viola parts of guest Tormod Gangflot.The vocals are nice, all delivered in Norwegian, and there is more room for some good keyboard textures, although these are still in a secondary role.The biggest achievement of the group though was the addition of a very good epic track, the 17-min. ''Mens tiden forgar''.Quite mellow and atmospheric melodic Symphonic Rock with excellent, warm vocals, folky overtones with acoustic soundscapes and CAMEL-esque flute drives and plenty of electric guitar explosions, based on smooth solos, along with vintage organ passages.

The Musea CD reissue comes with a bonus of six extra tracks, of which five are previously unreleased, pretty much in a similar vein as the tracks of the regular album.Maybe a light jazzy influence is apparent in these cuts along with a more upfront keyboard parts, but no more or less the style remains a relaxed and very melodic Progressive Rock, always with the guitar in evidence.''Fredsmarsjen'' was used actually in the 82' compilation/sampler album ''Jomfrutur'' of Pottittskiver.

Nice, easy-going and sensitive Progressive Rock by the Norwegians.The CD reissue is propably a better purchase due to its very good additional material.Anyway, both issues are great examples of early-80's Progressive Rock with old-school references, strongly recommended, especially if you love CAMEL...3.5 stars.

apps79 | 3/5 |

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