Label: Thunderstruck Productions - TSP 53131006 • Format: 2x, CD Album • Country: Sweden • Genre: Rock • Style: Experimental
Disc 1 1. Amphibians Night Out 2. Musth 3. Mattias - The Beautiful Guy 4. Hells Bells 5. The Smorgasbord 6. Friedrichs Wahnbriefe 7. Sexually Frustrated Fruit Fly Flamenco 8. Daily Grind Disco March 9. The Swede And The Wolf Mambo Italiano Crossing the Rubicon That's Amore Keep It In The Dojo Infrared Jed Larvatus Prodeo Blaha Blaha Lullaby For Gabriel Disc 2 1.
The Dogs Of Delhi 3. Special Agent Bauer 4. Mahavishnu John 5. The Harry Lime Theme 6. Dark Matter Mocna Kawa - Ego (25) - Światowid. Trumpet Lesson 8.
Mandur And Morgan's Mad World - Various - Covers Of Darkness Safari 9. Shore Thing Captain Smith's Moment Of Truth Mah N?
The Nigerian Gynecologist Kali Ghat Safe To Remove Hardware Those In Badiyah The Essence Of Emptiness Meralgia Paresthetica Guano Afternoon Total Time. Yeah, there are plenty of interesting fresh ideas present here but there is far too much mediocrity and the totally unabashed element of surprise is missing from this release.
EKLUNDH seems to be going through the motions of the standards he set forth on previous efforts but very rarely fails to up the ante in any way making it feel like he shot his wad on those two and this is sit back and smoke a cigarette follow-up. What really disappoints me about this is that he had a whole friggin' eight years since his last album to make this one so shiny and brilliant that it could only blow the lid off my roof.
Well, it doesn't. I don't want to insinuate that i don't find the technical playing as brilliant as ever. That's certainly not the case at all. Maybe i am just so spoiled and impressed by the first two releases that i have deified this guy and am simply disappointed that his brilliance didn't align the universe in the proper way so that Chia Pet - Hey Baby bad music and mediocrity is sucked down a black hole only leaving the most creative and fertile musical possibilities.
I dunno. Personally i feel he got distracted. He is now a father, has a family and has diluted his earlier passions with a whole host of others. Can't fault the man for that but can't say i'd not rather have another masterpiece either!
Really, this should have been trimmed down to a single album and even then it wouldn't be as interesting as his first two albums, but there are some brilliant moments on this release despite my ranting of how much i dislike this in relation to his others.
The recycling of Mambo Italiano - Mattias Ia Eklundh - Freak Guitar - The Smorgasbord is the most noticeable thing going on here. There is the same focus on jazz meets progressive metal, unorthodox soloing and effects Mambo Italiano - Mattias Ia Eklundh - Freak Guitar - The Smorgasbord his love of metalizing pop songs of yestercentury such as his take on Dean Martin's "That's Amore" and the classic song that was on the 70s TV show "The Muppets" in the form of "Mah Na Mah Na.
As i said, this album just feels unfocused and more of a side project than his first two albums. Yeah, the production is better, there are more bells and whistles and all that but someone punctured the bag of creative juices and all sounds hollow and recycled to my ears with scant few exceptions for example "Meralgia Paresthetica" is my favorite track and actually sounds like a logical evolution in the EKLUNDH sound.
Disappointing to say the least but still interesting ideas to be found. After listening to all three albums it will become apparent why this is true. You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not. Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved.
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