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Dancing back to a bygone age.

What do you do when the band are so wide of the mark? Nod sagely and then get annoyed with yourself afterwards? Say something noncommital like "Interesting thought…"? Or say straight away "If that's what you think, you're playing the wrong music".

Yes, the wonderfully-named Captain Crimson are certainly dancing back to a bygone age. But they are definitely not producing the kind of patchouli-soaked sounds of Graveyard and Leaf Hound that they think they are. And that's a good thing. This is actually a 70s influenced collection of incredibly effective rock songs which know how to throw a party but perhaps stay a bit too late boring you with stories of 60s bands and clearing up soggy Pringles. Nice to hear a cowbell used with no irony in ‘Mountain Of Sleep’ (no, it's still not a Graveyard song), particularly when the guitars are flayed alive, the chorus roughhouses the twitchy vocals and the whole thing comes off like a cut price Clutch.

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The fuzz is so apparent on ‘Autumn’ (yes, I know it sounds like a Graveyard track) that this album should come with a razor. It grooves through it though, sounding effortlessly 60s and rather like Arthur Brown's acolytes; they know enough to break it down to a beard-stroking acoustic section but don't forget to crank it up for a banging wigout to send us home with the wind in our hair. And ‘Silver Moon’ (yes, yes...) which has a pulsing Arabian motif but a real swaggering vibe and ‘True Color’ which evokes Grand Funk and simply works out to that tight-but-loose, jamming-but-sharp way that good bands can, with so much based on the riff but all in for the feel of the thing, both show us what delights this band can bring us.

Vibe. Captain Crimson understand how much is needed. And then throw a bit more in for good measure. When a band really swings, when they hit that spot, it's irresistable. That's done here regularly, mining a 70s thick warmth and 60s magpie tendency. This Swedish band guarantee that you'll swing your head to the beat and although it won't make your back crack and your liver quiver, that's probably not healthy anyway.

Steve Swift

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