Soul Rush

Soul Rush

by Nicolai Dunger
     
 
At its release, Soul Rush was widely compared to Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, both for the sound and for the idea of using a jazz band, in this case Esbjörn Svenssons Trio, for playing rock. And just like in the case of Astral Weeks, the result is brilliant. The orchestra manages to create an incredibly organic sound, and even if some tracks

Overview

At its release, Soul Rush was widely compared to Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, both for the sound and for the idea of using a jazz band, in this case Esbjörn Svenssons Trio, for playing rock. And just like in the case of Astral Weeks, the result is brilliant. The orchestra manages to create an incredibly organic sound, and even if some tracks include strings, horns, and piano, they all sound simple and easy, in a strictly positive sense. This sound builds up to the ecstasy that is the chief mode of the album, sneaking into even the sad songs, becoming almost triumphant on the title track. There are more similarities to Morrison as well, like the bending of vocals on "Dr Zhivago's Train" -- not to mention the repeated use of the phrase "just like a train" in the same song -- and the soulful drive of "Something New." But in spite of these, Dunger mixes genres in such a skilful way that the album should not be restricted to comparisons with one single album or artist. The main connection to Morrison is simply that parts of this album are blue-eyed soul with a big portion of country. In fact, it does not even sound like anything Dunger himself has done before. Here he has left the winding melodies and long improvisations of earlier albums and, while still twisting every word before letting it go, he sings in a more audible way. And Dunger's voice is one of his biggest assets, from the warm humming of "Pass the Chains" to the slightly shrill shouting of "Ballad of a Relationship."

Product Details

Release Date:
08/13/2002
Label:
Lakeshore Records
UPC:
0780163371420
catalogNumber:
33714

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nicolai Dunger   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Percussion,Glockenspiel,Vocals,Background Vocals
Josef Cabrales-Alin   Violin
Magnus Öström   Percussion,Drums
Anthony Linden   Background Vocals
Thomas Tjärnqvist   Guitar
Daniel Berglund   Percussion,Double Bass,Upright Bass
Nico Röhlcke   Pedal Steel Guitar
Jonas Kullhammar   Flute
Beata Söderberg   Cello
Patrik Skogh   Trumpet
Björn Samuelsson   Trombone
Jari Haapalainen   Banjo
Björn Yttling   farfisa organ
Andreas Forsman   Violin
Stefan Persson   Trumpet,French Horn
Markus Sandlund   Cello
Thomas Ringqvist   Viola
Fredrik Nordström   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Pelle Gunnerfeldt   Contributor
Linus Larsson   Engineer
Nicolai Dunger   Songwriter,Producer
Nathalie Barusta   Cover Art
Dan Lepp   Contributor

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