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4 stars This is a wonderful flute rock album. The energy the band displays is formidable. Beautiful tunes coupled with hard edged guitar mesmerising bass and a Tull inspired flute sound.The only track I cannot really get intio is the Indian istyle sitar based title track.
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Posted Wednesday, November 19, 2003 | Review Permalink
4 stars This is a very pleasant instrumental psychedelic folk rock album much inspired by early 70's Swedish bands like Kebnekaise but as well with a strong oriental touch. The five, mostly rather extended compositions being in a more sluggish to mid-tempo pace sound relatively gentle with some nice mesmerizing atmosphere but still there's a good portion of electric guitar as well. Simon Krarup Jensen is playing apart from flute also alto sax on "Resor och näsor" where we get as well some vibraphone played by guest musician Klas Assarsson who's providing congas in the track "Blomkrukans sång" in addition. Second guest Camilla Wahlberg plays Tambura in the title track which is heavily inspired by Indian Raga music. Here Jerry Johansson switches from guitar to the more appropriate sitar and he's playing this instrument in a brilliant way I've to say. Usually I'm not that much into classical Indian music but I quite like this one. Though the music gets at times a bit repetitive (especially in the two longest tracks) it's never losing any of its attraction and magic at any moment. Anyway everyone who doesn't mind well played instrumental music which is more in a jam session vein will love this record. I've got it since almost one year in my collection and played it quite often I've to say. Though I'm not quite sure if it can be considered an essential addition in a general sense I'd still round up my rating to 4 stars since it's an excellent one IMHO.
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Posted Tuesday, November 21, 2006 | Review Permalink
3 stars Grovjobb (translate in hard work) is a swedish band formed in mid '90's. They have since now 3 albums , this one Under solen lyser solen is the their last album from 2001. Grovjobb's music sounds if was made in 1974 or even earlier with a touch of Kebnekaise or Triode (from France), the atmosphere , the way they manage to create the passages gives you the feeling that you listen to some obscure early to mid '70's band. But surprise is given by the year of release - 2001. With this latest and aswell the final release Grovjobb come with an impressive album, but nor quite as exciting as two previous releases. The album is again full of brilliant guitar parts interplayed very well with flute and in places with sitar. As many bands from the newer generation tries to sound like their teachers - Grovjobb is no exception - they really succeded to sound like a 70's progressive band in vein of kebnekaise, Triode and even in places I trace some Jethro Tull (Stand up or Benefit era). What gives to Grovjobb musical uniquess is that they don't have keybordist and keys, the only instruments are guitar, drums, flute, bass and ocassionaly sitar. Very good and intristing are the prog elements combined with native folk motives and aswell some jazzy moments here and there, psychedelic atmosphere can be traced on this album aswell like on previous two ,that gives a special feeling to the pieces. All album is instrumental that is another thing that the members must be congratulated, because they done a great effort with this album, and have enough space to create something of a true value in progressive rock these days.Now I find this last album a little less intristing than previous two, because they run out of ideas here, not band but nothing special like previous album for ex who was a total winner for me. Some intristing sitar arrangements and flute elements added between usual intrumetal passages like on itle track Under Solen Lyser Solen, make thi s album to be again good. What I don't really like aswell here is that the album is to much mid tempo, not a moment of bursting out, ok , this kinda tempos are available aswell on previous albums but here are to obvious mainly because the ideas are not so brilliant and in places are to repetaive on the longest traks, a thing that was mentioned by the previous reviewer aswell. So, 3 stars for this album, a good one by this unknown and yet very intristing band, that desearve a better view in prog circles. The CD is available or it was 'till a couple of years before on the small swedish label Garageland Records. Underrated band in my opinion.
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Posted Thursday, May 28, 2009 | Review Permalink

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