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4.03 | 409 ratings

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4 stars Vemod First of all, this album is not heavy prog. Could hardly get further away from Rush ' Porcupine ' The Mars Volta, and still play prog. Rock. The better choice would be Neo-Eclectic Prog

Vemod means 'a mood of sentimental sadness', as in your lost love is still haunting your soul, and you feel this sweet sadness thinking about good things passed, never to come back. Cant help wonder if it (at least in part) was reffering to the music from days long passed. There is no doubt that Anekdoten was inspired by 70's music, even though they allways sounds like Anekdoten. Vemod was the debut, and this is often where you can expect to find the the closest link to the main inspirators, in this case King Crimson, the link is there, but not enough to make this a Neo-Crims recording. The studio sound on Vemod is a bit 'rough' compared to the sound they would develop later, maby due to the equipment getting better, maby a choice, but it sounds a bit unpolished. The album is good, as a collecters choice, its a must, beeing the debut, one of the 90's prog classics. As a Anekdoten album however, its may not be the best choice to get this one first, its seems like they havent yet fully found there own unik style, that would later make them one of the best prog acts, to make a neo prog. with roots in 70's Crimson, as opposed to those many bands with roots closer to 70's Yes/Genesis. The highlight is the last track Wheel (7:52), (on some editions followed by an 'extra':Sad Rain) A supreeme old style 'Crimson'ish' track, makes my ears flip with pleasure. Sad Rain, as mentioned an edition on some versions, is a 10 min.+ Epic, very closely related to Tracks like 'Epitaph', not very original, but still great. Vemod is a very nice album, that I truely love, but its not the masterpiece. All in all the album deserves a small 4 stars, It's essential, its excellent, I just miss something, that i cant put my fingers on.

tamijo | 4/5 |


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