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5.0 out of 5 stars Down in the Dungen, 28 Feb. 2006
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This review is from: Ta Det Lugnt (Audio CD)
Dungen's third album "Ta Det Lungt" is not the sort of music that will get a lot of radioplay. Thank God. Instead, it's the sort of music that will deservingly acquire a cult following -- a sparkling, mad, wild musical psychedelic pop trip. This is probably the best Swedish import since Ingrid Bergman.
And there isn't any better way to open than with "Panda," a sparkling rock song that is both infectiously catchy and wonderfully rockin'. That fuzzy, cycling guitar works very well with the colorful Hammond melodies; it takes that great rock vibe and makes it fun as well.
Unless you are (or speak) Swedish, you probably won't understand a word Gustav Estjes sings. But somehow that's okay. He and his band forge through more wild tunes, like the echoing "Gjort bort sig," some mellow folk-rock, sprawling experimental songs (which brought a morning meadow to mind), and the sizzling riffs of the title track.
Not that everything is straightforward rock'n'roll; at the halfway point, things get a bit weird. "Det du tänker idag är du i morgon" is a smooth, shimmering little pop song full of flute, drums and Hammond, and is probably one of the prettiest songs released in the past year. It's followed by a few ominous experimental songs and an epic folk ballad, before finally finishing with a blast of pure, wild psychrock.
Dungen was one of the unexpected underground hits of the year -- before "Ta Det Lungt," they weren't really known outside of Sweden. Thankfully, that has changed, because their third album puts them up in the ranking of appealing, enchanting music that happens to be fun from start to finish. You c
One of the greatest things about "Ta Det Lungt" is the giant mass of instrumentation, which is somehow squeezed into small songs. The fuzz guitar can explore the cascading riffs, while the drums can smash or shimmer. And there's flute, Hammond, violin and gentle acoustic guitar, making up a colorful musical quilt.
Gustav Estjes has a lovely voice, frankly. I don't understand a word of what he DOES sing, but his voice is pleasantly ordinary-sounding, but still able to soar. At times, he almost sounds like John Lennon. But his biggest skill is his ability to not be overpowered by (or overpower) the music -- he sounds like a natural part of it, as if he were another instrument.
Wonderfully weird, colorfully charming, "Ta Det Lungt" brought Dungen into the spotlight, which is where they deserve to be. Definitely one of the best albums of 2005.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, 15 Aug. 2005
This review is from: Ta Det Lugnt (Audio CD)
Where to even start with this album, sung entirely in Swedish, and melding The Who, The Beatles, The Mars Volta, Pink Floyd, and maybe, just maybe a bit of Deep Purple too? With trowelled-on synth organ, screaming guitars, and a host of melodies that would make The Byrds happy, you won't care in the slightest that you don't know what on earth they're singing about. This album argues for classification as prog rock, or as psych-pop, or some other made-up term, but just when you think you've got it pinned down, the album twists away like a slippery fish - herring perhaps? Instead, it is a journey full of adrenaline rush and endorphin joy, like a Fruit and Nut bar consumed on an Alton Towers ride. The tunes are fantastic, the adventure immense. Don't let the non-English singing put you off - this album speaks a much more fundamental language.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely one to cherish., 21 Mar. 2007
This review is from: Ta Det Lugnt (Audio CD)
Spiky, weird, psyche-pop. Ta Det Lungt twists and turns like some sinuous vine. Be careful it comes with added thorns, too.

On first listen things seem harsh and chill, the orchestration is dense and multi-faceted; not quite the 'everything but the kitchen sink' variety, but not far short. However, it's never at the expense of a good tune and even though all vocals are in Swedish things still scan perfectly well. I have no grasp of Swedish at all but find myself singing along.

Genre wise, Dungen are un-categorisable. At a push, file under Indie Jazz; but now all you Jazz fans are thinking, Indie? And all the Indie fans are doubtless getting their proverbial bargepoles ready to avoid it like the plague. And it's not Jazz anyway, more 70's rock with a contemporary sheen, or Prog without the unnecessary `thoughtful' bits... or think Pink Floyd by the Mars Volta or a Faith No More weaned on Miles Davis rather than Black Sabbath.

Or just think: Wondrous!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic stuff!, 4 Jun. 2005
This review is from: Ta Det Lugnt (Audio CD)
Swedish psych-rockers show the world how it should be done! Dungen seem to have an energy which appears to have gone missing in music in recent years. The aural quality of this record takes me right back to the sounds of the 'Floyd in the late 60's but with a heavier spin, and musically it bears greater resemblence to prog of the 70's - but with better tunes! I cannot recommend this album enough.
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