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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing legacy, 24 Aug 2009
This review is from: e.s.t. Leucocyte (Esbjorn Svensson Trio) (Audio CD)
As an EST fan of many years, and having been overwhelmed by them in concert, I find it difficult to criticise Leucocyte as ES has sadly passed on under such tragic circumstances. But I have to say that this is their poorest album in my collection by some distance; and I'm sure that if ES had known this was to be his last recording, he might have pulled it for something more agreeable.

But Leucocyte is a tuneless dirge.

EST set about recording totally improvised pieces to follow the themes often explored in concert. They have achieved this, but without the tunes and structure on which to base their improvisations. And so they meander, and stop, and start, and wander into nothing in particular. But never losing the famous EST sound (brand?) - that small thing that long term fans can be grateful for.

Sadly, I have heard this all before, and Leucocyte comes across as a poor version of King Crimson - but without the melodies. The soundscapes they create in the more adventurous pieces sound they they could be derived from "Starless & Bible Black" or "Red" (visit those albums if you do like Leucocyte!) from Crimson's mid period.

This is all very sad given ES's death, but I would like to remember this great and innovative band for Viaticum or Seven Days of Falling - not this drivel.
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Initial post: 3 Dec 2013 18:32:01 GMT
D. S. Sample says:
I have too agree , I unfortunately recommended EST to someone & they purchased this album & didn't get on with it at all , I listened to it & felt the same way . Nothing like their other work .
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