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The Amazing - Picture You

by Jeff Penczak Rating:9 Release Date:2015-02-20

Vocalist Christoffer Gunrup says The Amazing's third album is closer to “British guitar stuff, like Ride, My Bloody Valentine, and Jesus And Mary Chain”. Listen to ‘Safe Island’ for more details.

This Swedish supergroup here eschews previous West Coast vibes (Spirit, Quicksilver Messenger Service, CSNY, America) for a harder sound akin to the aforementioned "British guitar bands". In doing so, they fill the gaping hole left by the late, lamented Soundtracks of Our Lives, who also seemed ot change styles with each subsequent album.

The Amazing's waterfall guitars (courtesy three guitarists, including Dungen’s Reine Fiske) still bathe the listener in a golden glow, like warm molasses trickling across your body. While Gunrop’s soft vocals tickle the emotions, Fredrick Swahn fills in the spaces with layers of shimmering keyboards.

The title track stretches on for nine-and-a-half dreamy, atmospheric minutes, full of improvisational time-signature changes that suggest some latent prog tendencies, while ‘Circles’ and ‘To Keep It Going’ visit Mark Kozelek/Sun Kil Moon territory with introspective lyrics and melancholic melodies. ‘Fryshusfunk’ intersects soulful 70s funk with heavy metal thunder (another nod to Gunrup's British guitar heroes), and ‘The Headless Boy’ is a wonderfully reflective acoustic tune, a la Nick Drake.

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