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5 stars I brought this album back home to my dad who is a Zappa fan, and we was building some shelfs and was listening to some guy playing Frank Zappas music, and instead of turning that lp, I put on this new piece from Jono. My dad did start to wonder, "I cant remember that zappa had that many guys in his band...", but he said nothing, he found out afterwards that this was not Zappa, but Jono. He then listened carefully to it and found it very nice the second and third time as well.

I do love the album myself too, its a top album from Norway, one of the best from 2009 so far... My only regret was saving the money to go to the release concert to have money to buy two copies, one to my dad, and one to me. Not often you find new music with this high quality.

Highly recomended.


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Posted Saturday, August 29, 2009 | Review Permalink
Marty McFly
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3 stars Is it bird ? Is it plane ? No, it's the dada cabaret music folks. Some may say that it's just a bunch of sounds, barely harmonic, without any clear melody or meaning at all. And partially, it's right, because it's dada, remember ? Beautiful cover (part of the whole thing), music that can attract only someone.

Because it's weird. And when I'm saying this, I'm aware that this is also part of the whole business of being dadaistic. Recently, we were discussing some dada poems in literature lessons and we made some real interesting conclusions which can be applied here too. First, this is "what-they-feel-is-straight-played-here", secondly - there are many hidden meanings in it. And third, it's not so easily accessible.

3(+), I'm quite satisfied, even I don't seek this kind of music often. Still, there's nothing bad except it's dada (=not for everyone, major flaw). It's really strange and the question is, whether it's progressive, or not. Or even whether it's good, or not, it always leaves me confused.

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Posted Tuesday, November 24, 2009 | Review Permalink
4 stars Life is full of surprises...

A hefty gas bill, some bird droppings hitting my head on my way to the shop, this album from Jono El Grande and a nice Lotto win. Life is full of surprises.

I am not going to disguise that I did not take Jono El Grande seriously before I by accident purchased this album (long story.... you don't want to know). This due to his association with a member of the Norwegian royal family which have been lambasted in the media. I therefore got a big surprise when I first listened to this album and when I did the interview with Jono El Grande. I humbly suggest that I have been wrong all the way.

Just to humiliate myself even more: There is no doubts that Jono El Grande is one of the best progressive rock associated artists from Norway at the moment.

The title of this album says everything about what it contains. Dada'istic music. In this case, a collage of cabaret music, Canterbury Scene, jazz, Zeuhl and avant-garde. When it comes to musical references, Frank Zappa springs to mind. So does Flairck, Gong, Henry Cow and Aranis too. In short; Neo-Dada.

The music on this album is very playful, full of ironic humour and life. The music is also very warm. The main instruments are violins, guitars, bass and woodwinds. There are even some vocals here. Most of the music is based on violins and woodwinds though. Which associates the music very closely to the chamber orchestra scene. Jono El Grande and his band is essentially a chamber orchestra and in the same patch of land as the likes of Aranis.

The quality is great throughout. In particular a song like Three Variations on a Mainstream Neurosis which is an excellent workout. In short, this album is a revelation and one of the better albums from Norway I have heard during the last year.

A new album is scheduled for 2011 and I am eagerly awaiting that album. In the meantime, don't miss out on this album.

4 stars

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Posted Sunday, November 7, 2010 | Review Permalink

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