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Mors Mors

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Very much a counterpart to the previous year's Djungelns Lag, Mors Mors was similarly compiled from various live appearances, mostly from Sweden but also from Denmark as well. The same variety in approach is evident, again to the quartet's credit, though generally there's a little less in the way of thorough freakiness -- the improvisations and jams are steadier, entrancing but not necessarily overpowering. Things may start on a fairly calm note with the gentle, drifty "Sängbron," apparently only a fragment from a larger performance, while the mostly acoustic "Hälsa Ulla" follows that up, feeling very much like a singalong on a late-summer beach somewhere. The second half gets more trippy in general, in a low-key fashion, with "Klangbron" in particular being a fine little burst of spidery guitar overlays. One cover takes a bow; the band having reworked "Satisfaction" on the band's debut, the Rolling Stones get the treatment again with a take on "The Last Time." It's a fairly amiable take, perhaps not as strong or striking as the other remake but still a good jam regardless. As with the Djungelns Lag re-release, the 2002 edition of Mors Mors included various photos from the time, a remembrance by drummer Thomas Gartz, and a lengthy bonus track, "Sommarläten." Played in part on Djungelns Lag, here it's expanded out to a full 26 minutes, and like "Amithaba/In Kommer Gösta" on the Djungelns Lag re-release, it gives the band a chance to start off fairly quietly before steadily turning up the heat. It's actually a touch more sweetly beautiful in comparison as well, with some exquisite guitar interplay between Bo Anders Persson and Jakob Sjöholm, even as Gartz keeps the rolling pace moving.

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