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THIRTEEN EIGHT

FreddeGredde

Crossover Prog


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4 stars Fredde Gredde aka Fredrik Larsson is a swedish band (musician) who release the debut album in 2011 named Thirteen eight. Well, a very nice surprise this album, crossover prog bordering in places with prog metal, with emphasis on vocal parts but aswell the instrumental section are very well played and written. Fredrik Larsson done almost everything here, from composing the entire music, he playing here besides guitar, keyboards , bass the vocal duties are provided by him, only the helping hand is coming from drums department offered by David Schlein. Long album, little over 70 min, with pieces from 3 to 15 min, elaborated instrumental parts, clean good vocals, nice interludes between keyboards and guitars, nice bass lines, what elese a winner release for me. Tracks like opening Lonely Starlight, This Falling World, Stardust or the great ending 15 plus Time Will Tell are very strong, showing that this musicin know bussines. I'm really curious in what direction he will go on the second release, if will be a second offer or it will remains a one shot wonder. Anyway, prog rock/metal with lot to offer, similar in places with bands like A.C.T, Cap Outrun both bands from Sweden aswell or those with this kind of aproach. Easy 4 stars, the album coming in a nice digipak format with nice artwork and whole package is great.
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Posted Monday, December 30, 2013 | Review Permalink
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4 stars Fredrik Larsson is one of those artists that YouTube helped them spread their own music.A Swedish native, originating from Gavle, he learned to play multiple instruments and by the age of 20 he started taking singing lessons.Since 2008 he had been posting personal videos on YouTube, his fame slowly arose and exploded with a fantastic 8-min. medley of 32 popular songs.In 2010 the time to put his own musical vision on tape had come and by the summer of 2011 the whole process was completed, resulting ''Thirteen eight'', originally released on bandcamp under the moniker of FreddeGredde, followed later by a digipack CD.The title of the album refers to the 13/8 time signature he often used throughout the recordings.

Anyone having watched the impressive medley of Larsson on YouTube should know what to expect from this Swedish talent, except you should throw in the technical vision of progressive music.Big part of the album contains short tracks with maybe the greatest number of twists and turns you can find around, but the material is not complex, on other hand this is a compilation of dense Art/Pop Rock tunes amazingly connected under a Heavy Rock sophistication.Bands like PROFUSION, A.C.T and SEVEN STEPS TO THE GREEN DOOR are the best comparisons.Imagine COLDPLAY, JAMES BLUNT, DREAM THEATER and BEARDFISH tunes all condensed in 3 to 4 minutes, fast-paced songs with some slower, atmospheric parts added for good measure.All instruments are played by Larrson with the help of one David Schlein on drums and you will hardly realise that this is actually a one-man effort.Fantastic mix of instruments and voices and a clean production offer the musical aspects of Larsson at their very best.Influences from Acoustic Pop, Pop Rock, Fusion and Neo/Symphonic Prog, all are present in limited number of minutes to display catchy hooks, virtuosic instrumentals, memorable melodies and powerful guitar/keyboard solos.A couple of tracks, ''Euphoria'' and ''Time will tell'', just proove the talent of this man, who can also compose long pieces of modern Progressive Rock with orchestral, poppy and Metal influences.No surprise, these tracks are led by multiple variations with an even deeper instrumental technique and stunning vocals by Larrson, characterized by dominant guitar runs, symphonic keyboards, acoustic lines, Fusion moments and, yes, endless breaks and changing tempos.

This one belongs among the top albums of the year and among the very best (almost) one-man projects around.Fascinating Heavy Prog with an incredible number of influences and beautiful vocals.Highly recommended, needless to say.

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Posted Saturday, July 19, 2014 | Review Permalink
4 stars Debut album from Swedish artist Fredrik Larsson, who goes by alias FreddeGredde, is a sweet little collection of prog power pop songs, if you can describe his style this way, that, for all their pleasantness, are deceptively complex and pack quite a few melodic changes in their not-too-long format. Feelings conveyed by this album are pure pop in nature - melancholic, romantic or boisterous. He uses a lot of acoustics and piano to set the mood. Diversity is rounded out by a folksy Wayfarer, a children's song, and even a whiff of vaguely black metalish vocals in the background on Euphoria. Among the shorter songs, there are 2 epics here, which show Larsson's love for Dream Theater, but, while being pretty impressive for a one-man show, somehow don't hook me. The epicness side to Larsson is better realized on the follow-up, Brighter skies, which amps up the bombast, all the while still retaining the characteristic sweetness.
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