Opeth – In Cauda Venenum (2019)

Poison in the tail

Opeth continue to surprise and amaze me. The new album is yet another step in their evolution. It is not the first step, but it is a step. This album brings some new stuff to the table. It is like a rock opera from the deep dark wilderness in Sweden. It’s progressive rock with influences of folk, classical, jazz, Gregorian chants and even a fragment of country music like an audio mosaic. When you immerse yourself in the music without listening to the lyrics you get a feeling of a story about children in a dark world with trolls and evil, and an absent god.

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David Bowie – Hunky dory (1971)

Immune to your consultations

My relationship with “Honky dory” is a strange one. Back when I started collecting vinyl records, in my first vinyl era, I didn’t have the means or tools to buy all albums at once. A big part of the thing was to actually not be able to find all the albums right away. We went to the one record shop there was in Skövde. Then we went to record fairs in Gothenburg and Hova. Browsing bins of vinyls was the happy times. And the album I always seemed to miss out on and longed for was “Hunky dory”.

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