Friday 29 May 2020
Prudence - Takk Te Dokk (1975)
The fourth and final album from this Norwegian band.
The band was a sextet with a lineup of guitars, bass, drums, congas, flute, mandolin, accordion and vocals.
Prudence had been more or less constantly on the road in the very long and mountainous Norway and Sweden since 1968. The breaks they had was spent in recording their first three albums.
Their mandolin player then lost a finger in an accident in a sawmill and the band was falling apart due to sheer exhaustion. They were also flat broke with families to take care of too.
Their fourth album and the last drops of blood was therefore going to be their final album. The title means "Thank you and farewell" in English.
Their last drops of sweat, blood and tears was distilled into these thirty-seven minutes.
The music is melancholic and somber progressive folk rock. You can feel their despair of having failed to make it big. That in their opinion.
That also makes this album a pretty bitter album with bitter, despondent Norwegian lyrics and vocals.
Takk Te Dokk is also their best album and a hidden gem in the progressive folk rock genre. It is a bitter album but is also works pretty well.
This is indeed a very good album and one of the best ever Norwegian folk rock albums. Check it out.