The Soundtrack Of Our Lives - Behind The Music

by Bob Coyne Rating: Release Date:2002-02-04

Behind the Music is the third album from Gothenburg's Soundtrack of Our Lives who first caused a stir with their 1996 debut Welcome to the Infant Freebase. A screaming homage to rock 'n' roll, Welcome bowed deep and low before the Rolling Stones, particularly the classic 1968-74 period. Yet Soundtrack were always more than a tribute outfit. Live, they eschewed the Stones' showbiz flamboyance in favour of a hypnotic, strobe-lit intensity while singer Ebbot Lundberg--big, bearded and clad in a white robe--came on like a genuine manic street preacher, a hip priest to end them all. With Behind The Music, the band are seeking a sound to match their compelling and idiosyncratic live set. The Stones' influence is still present, notably in the strum and loose backing vocals of "Sister Surround", and the storming, semi-psychedelic "Independent Luxury". But now the net is spread wider. "Broken Imaginary Time", written by bassist Kalle Gustafsson, is a solemn, organ-led lament recalling "Eleanor Rigby", while "Nevermore", with its insistent piano and guitar, also recalls the Beatles, only this time funnelled through Noel Gallagher. Elsewhere, "Infra Riot" is urgent garage, "Still Aging" is rhythmically Dylanesque and "Mind the Gap" is like Albatross blended with Pink Floyd's "Crazy Diamond" and "Interstellar Overdrive". It's an exciting album, soulful and far-reaching. You just know the next one will be better still. --Dominic Wills

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