Nut Suite. Mini reviews of albums old and new. Minimum words. No fuss. No spoilers [?]. Occasional smugs.

Friday, October 4, 2013

KATATONIA / Dethroned and Uncrowned (2013)

Dethroned is a reworking of the previous year’s Dead End Kings album.  It’s not a typical acoustic album, although there are acoustic guitars heard.  Instead, it’s an album designed to accentuate the ambient and percussion aspects of the band’s sound.  It strips away the heavy guitar and bass, but doesn't detract from the paradoxical warm / cold beauty of the originals.
Some tracks are almost too close to their source, while others are like new works entirely.  It’s not as stripped back and naked as I’d have liked but it’s still a hugely enjoyable experience that I’d be happy to see continued, preferably with material from some of the earlier albums because the softness of Jonas’ vocals is perfectly suited to this kind of thing.

Songs of Note: Hypnone; Buildings

4 songs that make the hours go out of 5

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