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on 9 September 2008
In a perfect world this would have been a brilliant transitonal album for e.s.t.. After a few very succesful and brilliant albums they seemed to have reached a point where they couldn't refine or push their sound any further without repeating themselves. After Tuesday Wonderland I was curious what they would come up with next...Esbjorn Svensson himself seemed to be more and more interested in Bach or (and?) electronic sounds and talked about a solo-project.
In may the trio recorded this album....full of ideas from the Tuesday Wonderland-tour they decided to record some of the sounds they came up with on stage without the strucure (or constraints?) of compositions. Fans who have had the honour the visit the concerts of E.S.T. will recognize the lyrical, shocking and beautiful sounds and the brilliant interplay between Esbjorn, Dan Berglund (double bass) and Magnus Öström (drums).
It's not their "easiest" album (starters could try "Seven Days of Falling" or "Tuesday Wonderland" first), but it's a brilliant and moving album.
It's sad it's their last...
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on 22 September 2008
How should we think of this album? It's clearly impossible for us now to see it outside the context of the band's last release before the untimely death of Esbjorn Svensson. However, it must also be clear that the band themselves weren't thinking of it in anything like that context when they recorded it. Is there anything here that we haven't heard them do before? My personal view is that I don't think so. It's just that there's more of some of the things they're good at and less of some of the others, so how you view the album will depend on how you view these different aspects of their creativity. If you're looking for their marvellous touch with a melody then you may end up dissatisfied but if you like the way they can mix electronics with a piano trio to make a real heavy-metal sound then you'll love it. And that's been a part of their playing for ages. This is them just getting together to play and recording what happens, and that seems to me to be in the best spirit of jazz - somewhere between the carefully-rehearsed studio recording and the spontaneity of a live performance. We don't get to know what the band could have given us to follow this album, but I for one am glad they gave us this.
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As critics have commented, E.S.T. seemed to have reached their peak and had been coasting along for the last three albums. Then Esbjorn dies tragically and their final album comes along and smacks the critics with a barrage of frantic drumming and bass, manic, repetitive piano riffs and a wall of electronic sound. This is much more rythmic, chaotic and noisy than the previous three albums, but still retains the melodies and atmosphere that a trademark of this band. This shows E.S.T had not peaked. Anyone who things only greasy blokes with guitars can make a racket should check this out!
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on 9 September 2008
I have almost all the est cds and seen them live about 5 times.Got this cd last weekend and i must say im a bit dissapointed with it.tracks 1 to 4 are superb,but from then till the end a lot of electronics come into it and i found myself loosing interest in the cd.Dont get me wrong the untimely death of Esbjorn Svensson is a great loss to the jazz world.Seven Days Of Falling is in a different league to this cd.Anybody thinking of buying this should buy Marcin Wasilewski Trio January cd superb will never buy a better jazz cd this year.
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on 17 February 2009
Very atmospheric and innovative. Definitely one for the more forward thinking jazz listeners out there. A great talent that will be sadly missed.
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on 21 September 2008
I am a thoroughgoing fan of e.s.t. but for me it stopped with Tuesday Wonderland.

Whatever happened to the melody? This is a very disappointing album, weighed down with SFX, and not very inspiring. It's relatively unimportant, however, as we are left with an overall superb legacy of material. You win some, you lose some.
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on 13 October 2008
Just magnificent! A wonderful tribute to the work of a trio who pushed the boundaries of jazz. A wall of sound for the 21st century.
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on 17 March 2015
excelant service great cd
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on 31 August 2015
excellent
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