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Behind the Music
     

Behind the Music

by The Soundtrack of Our Lives
 

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The third album from Sweden's Soundtrack of Our Lives is their most concise and rocking effort. After the daunting eclecticism of 1996's Welcome to the Infant Freebase and the trippy ethereality of 1998's Extended Revelation, the relatively straightforward psychedelic rock of Behind the Music is something

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The third album from Sweden's Soundtrack of Our Lives is their most concise and rocking effort. After the daunting eclecticism of 1996's Welcome to the Infant Freebase and the trippy ethereality of 1998's Extended Revelation, the relatively straightforward psychedelic rock of Behind the Music is something of a surprise. The thumping and clattering opener, "Infra Riot," is one of the catchiest songs they've ever done, and things just build from there. The booming drums and sharply strummed acoustic rhythm guitars of "Sister Surround" bear a startling resemblance to late-'60s Stones, followed immediately by a pretty but tense acoustic interlude called "In Someone Else's Mind" that would not sound out of place on a Syd Barrett album, itself the precursor to "Mind the Gap," which recalls the more melodic moments of the post-Barrett Pink Floyd. The album goes on in this vein for just under an hour, with one terrific song after another that sounds immediately like some classic forebear (there are hints of the Stooges, Love, and even Zappa in spots), but has the presence and strength to stand up on its own merits. Behind the Music lacks the totality and sonic impact of Extended Revelation, but the songs are more consistently memorable. Impressive stuff, and probably the Soundtrack of Our Lives album to start with for all but the most devoted psych/prog fan.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2008
Label:
Warner Bros Uk
UPC:
0685738671526
catalogNumber:
386715

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Performance Credits

Soundtrack of Our Lives   Primary Artist
Ake Karl Kalle Gustafsson   Bass,Violin,Vocals,Background Vocals,Double Bass,Cembalo
Ebbot Lundberg   Dulcimer,Harmonica,Sitar,Vocals
Martin Hederos   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Mellotron
Ian Person   Guitar,Percussion,Background Vocals
Arpad Carlesäter   Hand Clapping
Eva Tea Lundberg   Horn

Technical Credits

Soundtrack of Our Lives   Producer,Engineer
Per Svensson   Contributor
Martin Hederos   String Arrangements
Johan Forsman   Producer,Engineer
Kajas Ivars   String Ensemble
Sigvord Järrebring   String Ensemble
John Löfgren   String Ensemble
Anna Strid   Contributor
Märja Tokkola   String Ensemble

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