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5 stars Until All The Ghosts Are Gone is the long awaited album from Anekdoten, a wait of eight years since the excellent A Time Of Day. Fortunately it's been worth the wait as it's as good as and sometimes better than most of their back catalogue. Some achievement when you consider the illustrious company it keeps.

It's clearly recognisably Anekdoten with no great leaps in style from the last few albums which is fine by me. The haunting and melancholic melodies, the dynamic rhythm section and of course the ever present Mellotron. There is little in the way of Nucleus style dissonant riffs here but the album is bookended by some particularly powerful moments. Six tracks in total, the middle four to a large extent occupying their mellower and melodic ground though Writing On The Wall does have a powerful guitar driven ending and Get Out Alive packs quite a punch. The opener, Shooting Star and instrumental Our Days Are Numbered show the heavier side of the band, the latter being the nearest we get to the earlier style of the band with some powerfully oppressive and brooding guitar and keyboard work with guest Theo Travis adding some welcome sax flourishes. Shooting Star is perhaps most satisfying of all, the lull of the verse after a particularly bombastic opening being particularly effective before things take off again for an exhilarating instrumental workout with Per Wilberg (ex-Opeth and another guest) adding some strong Hammond playing.

As a whole Until All The Ghosts Are Gone is a stunning achievement, an album that can sit proudly alongside anything in the bands past. Fans who prefer the first two albums may have wished for more along the lines of Our Days Are Numbered but with no weak tracks I can't fault it. I'd be very surprised if this is not in the top ten albums of the year here on PA, so highly regarded is this great band.

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