Sunday, 14 October 2012

Captain Crimson - Dancing Madly Backwards

Now, (again) from Sweden, one of the catchiest albums of the year.

Lines like "I'm telling you bro/you've got a demon inside of you", and "Satan as our witness, man you got no soul" just stick with you and have been carefully added to the personal repertoire of one-liners.

I fear this band will be over-looked though for the simple fact that they are Swedish because of the now long-held cynicism about anything that even begins to resemble a "scene" such as the Seattle grunge thing you've heard so much about.  The good Captain follows in the wake of already firmly established Retro Rock superstars and fellow countrymen as Graveyard, Witchcraft, Skanska Mord, etc. but make no mistake Crimson is his own man.

This is an uptempo album, confidently played, three sheets to the wind with infectious riffs and ... is there a healthy representation of cowbells present? ... you bet! "Lonely Devil's Club" is a scorching opener and has already been a No. 1 hit in my household, "Dancing Madly Backwards" and "Wizard's Bonnet" are also both killers with Bonnet especially showcasing the band's tightness and progressive tendencies, which are reminiscent of Leaf Hound among other classics.

One of the best Heavy Rock albums of the year so far.  Highly recommended

Reminds me of: Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell, Black Widow, Cream, Graveyard, Jimi Hendrix, Leaf Hound, Witchcraft

My Rating: 4.5/5

Genre: Retro Rock, Hard Rock, Psychedelic

1). Lonely Devil's Club (5:38)
2). Mountain of Sleep (5:57)
3). River (4:42)
4). Don't Take Me For a Fool (4:48)
5). Autumn (5:05)
6). Wizard's Bonnet (4:47)
7). Silver Moon (4:52)
8). True Color (3:15)
9). Dancing Madly Backwards (6:23)
Total run time: 45:22

Release Date: August 29, 2012

Suggested listening activity for fellow non-stoners: Driving through farmers fields with the windows rolled down, dust be damned / making crop circles.

Better reviews:
Heavy Planet
Fast n Bulbous
Cosmic Lava


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