"The Amazing" is the self-titled debut by the talented Swedish folk/rock band and, although it is very easy to set yourself up for a fall with a name like that, The Amazing have managed to produce a fantastic, dreamy debut which has shades of late 60s/early 70s artists in the same genre such as Nick Drake, Neil Young, The Byrds. It also has, in places, hints of contemporary American space-rock bands such as The Flaming Lips, especially on the superb, but almost completely unrepresentative, album opener "The Kirwan Song". It's important to note that this album is sung in English as well, for those who may be put off by an album in the Swedish language.
This is simply a top quality debut and is thoroughly enjoyable. In fact, it's one of those pieces of work which just seems to get better and better every time you listen to it, a real grower. The ethereal "Dragon" could almost be a track on Drake's "Way To Blue", "Beach House" is a delicate acoustic folk song in waltz time featuring some gorgeous guitar work and the gorgeous "Deportation Day" has echoes of psychedelic-era Byrds. Another highlight is the gently epic "Romanian" which is lush, pretty and soothing as is "Had To Keep Walking". The musicianship and attention to detail throughout is admirable and these are a beautifully produced collection of songs. The Amazing is a band who are currently well beneath the radar at the moment but, on the strength of their debut, deserve to go on to win many fans and to achieve great things.