Apparently, synth-man Michael Thorne has been active in the swedish underground
since the early 1980s. Catweazle is his dream come true, the dream of
a very (very) symphonic rock band. Tracks like Just Like Anyone are Yes at
their most bombastic and melodic. If you are into melodrama, check the
martial beat and the gothic organ of Gulag. That is not to say that the
album is all emphasis and no substance: Walking On Waves is just one of their
many funky, catchy and stirring songs. Catweazle wisely updates the genre to
the sound of the Nineties, with snippets of rap, gothic electronics and
heavy metal mixed in the (thick) arrangements. Yet, the best track may well be
the pastoral folk ballad, Heather Song, that closes the album on a humble
note of passion. I am not sure that Thorne knows what his real talent is.
Impeccable musicianship and crystal-clear sound.
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