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Poll Question: Favourite album
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    Posted: February 15 2010 at 11:17
With Shining's new release, Blackjazz, it's a good time to see what you folks think of it compared to their previous albums.
I myself, still rate Grindstone the highest with the new one and In The Kingdom... following, but I haven't heard their first two albums (which are said to be different in approach).


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3.00 | 1 ratings
Where The Ragged People Go
2001

3.00 | 1 ratings
Sweet Shanghai Devil
2003

4.00 | 7 ratings
In The Kingdom Of Kitsch You Will Be A Monster
2005

4.15 | 16 ratings
Grindstone
2007

4.44 | 10 ratings
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2010

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 15 2010 at 11:54
Unfortunately I've only heard Grindstone, so I won't vote. Cry

...but that particular album is a must have! Thumbs Up
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 15 2010 at 15:36
Originally posted by Rune2000

Unfortunately I've only heard Grindstone, so I won't vote. Cry

...but that particular album is a must have! Thumbs Up
Totally agree with your post. I haven't heard the new one either.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 15 2010 at 15:44
I've only read the book and seen the two different movies, so I can't vote either. Wink
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 15 2010 at 15:48
I've just heard Grindstone on Last.fm yesterdays and it was very good! Very interesting band. Notice: the first four albums can be streamed online for free at last.fm:

http://www.last.fm/music/Shining/Grindstone
http://www.last.fm/music/Shining/Where+The+Ragged+People+Go+%5B2001%5D
http://www.last.fm/music/Shining/In+the+Kingdom+of+Kitsch+You+Will+Be+a+Monster
http://www.last.fm/music/Shining/Sweet+Shanghai+Devil+%5B2003%5D


Also, the recent album has 4 out of 9 tracks streamable: http://www.last.fm/music/Shining/Blackjazz



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 15 2010 at 15:56
I've heard the first four albums, and think Where the Ragged People Go and In the Kingdom of Kitsch are on the same level. After that is Sweet Shangai Devil. I don't particularly like the direction they took on Grindstone and what I've heard of Blackjazz, I could barely endure it...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 15 2010 at 23:42
Originally posted by avestin

I myself, still rate Grindstone the highest with the new one and In The Kingdom... following, but I haven't heard their first two albums (which are said to be different in approach).

I would probably rank them the same as you. Their latest three are all pretty close in terms of quality though.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 16 2010 at 12:27
Slightly OT, but in relevance to the heading of this topic it's only fair to point out that there's phenomenally much output from the Norwegian jazzrock/avant scene in general these days.

Shining - Blackjazz
Jaga Jazzist - One Armed Bandit (Shining's frontman Jørgen Munkeby's old band)
elephant9 - Walk The Nile (with Shining drummer Torstein Lofthus)
Supersilent - 9 (with elephant9 keyboardist Ståle Storløkken)
Motorpsycho - Heavy Metal Fruit (with among others Jaga Jazzist's Mathias Eick)
Jono el Grande - Neo Dada
Farmers Market - Surfin' USSR (with Supersilent drummer Jarle Vespestad)

- all excellent albums!

Good to see something other than metal come out from the north.


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