Gösta Berlings Saga - Glue Works. 2011 Sweden
CD issue: 2011 Cuneiform (USA)
As mentioned on the Detta har Hänt review, Gösta Berlings Saga seemed to be moving away from their Swedish folk roots and more towards modern post rock. And now they've jumped off the cliff and thrown their lot in with this latter movement. A wall of sound approach, with mid 70's King Crimson and late 90's Anekdoten references everywhere. I'm sure the intensity of playing this music can be quite inspiring, if not emotionally exhausting - but as a listener it can stray towards the mundane after a few minutes of the same pattern.
All of which sounds like I'm low on this album. I'm not. But it's a full Gnosis point, and a half RYM star down from their second album. And as much as I hate to say it, Gösta Berlings Saga are no longer an auto-buy for me. If they keep going down this route, I'll probably put it in the "if I can find it cheap" category. And that's a shame given the immense promise the debut demonstrated.