Sunday 24 December 2017
Kebnekaise - Idioten (2011)
The eight album from this Swedish band.
Kebnekaise was a six piece band on this album with a lineup of timbale, djembe, percussion, drums, bass, mandolin, electric violin, violin and guitars.
It is always difficult to approach a Kebnekaise album because they are so different from each other. Mostly, they are folk rock or world music.
In this case with Idioten, the idiot in English, we get mostly folk music with some world music and some rock music incorporated.
The folk music is typical Swedish and includes old Swedish waltz and more pastoral Swedish folk music. On the top of that, the band has also incorporated some gloomy world music and some Americana into the music.
The end result is a fifty minutes long album with some very eclectic music. Most of it really works. But even the most hardened folk rock fans will find this album a very big mouthful and hard to swallow.
The quality of the music is decent throughout these fifty minutes. I am not really sure what to mean and how to rank this Swedish band either. It is an oddball of a band. A band who influenced some other bands again. This album though is a decent album.