Thåström

Det ar Ni Som e Dom Konstiga, Det ar Jag Som e Normal

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The reception Thåström received when he returned as a solo artist in 1999 was ecstatic, among fans as well as critics. Not only did he sing in Swedish again, he had also returned to hard rock. And few critics had liked the industrial noise Thåström created with Peace, Love & Pitbulls anyway, even if his switch to that style at first had been seen as further proof of progressiveness. So far the typical hype, with Thåström's legendary status in Sweden as a big ingredient. But Det är Ni Som e Dom Konstiga, Det är Jag Som e Normal is actually more solid than Thåström's two former solo albums, and compete well with most of his catalog. The music is energetic and explosive, if often slow. The atmosphere is as dark as it was when Thåström sang with Imperiet, but a classic rock setting, with guitars, drums and bass, much distortion, and a dominant slow mauling groove make the music much heavier. And the theatrical poses of that period are all gone. If something is to be held against this album it is that, in spite of being one of the most even albums Thåström has made, it is one of few on which he does not really create anything new. But that complaint is of course not entirely fair, being based on Thåström's huge historical importance for alternative rock in Sweden. A limited-edition LP was released at the same time as the CD and contained two bonus tracks: the Hoola Bandoola Band cover "Keops Pyramid" and "...Om Flugor (Alla e Som Jag)."

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