From the opening moments of this disc I thought I was listening to the Pat Metheny Group from the late '70s all over again and had to check the disc. Led by Göran Klinghagen's highly textured guitar and guitar synthesizer and the lush, icy keyboards of Anders Persson, Tim Unit fashions a brand of contemplative, deeply atmospheric jazz that is at once familiar but also groundbreaking in its execution and interplay. As the rhythm section of Lars Kjellberg on drums and bassist Lars Danielsson proves, imagination is everything in a music that digs deep to provide the mental and spiritual ground for entering into it on its own merits. This is not to say they don't swing or improvise, but construction and the notion of dancing through fields of sound is more accurate in this case. The gloriously expansive "J.C. Hymn" by Danielson is one example. And then to have it countered with a beautiful study in chromaticism on "17 Too" by Klinghagen -- with its ruminating arpeggios and timbral architectures in the intervals -- is a further dimension. And the band is capable of digging into the jazz-rock thing, too, as evidenced by the knotty scale work and stop-and-start cadences of "To Be Considered." There is much to be enjoyed here by fans of Northern Europe's particular brand of jazz.
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AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek