Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas / Lindstrøm / Prins Thomas

II

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"Epic" has always been the watchword for Norwegian prog-dance producers Hans-Peter Lindstrøm and Prins Thomas -- separately and together. Just a year before II, their second album together, Lindstrøm on his own released Where You Go I Go Too, which stretched three cuts across 55 minutes; the duo's 2007 Reinterpretations disc of remixes of their self-titled 2005 debut ran one cut ("Nummer Fire En") up to the 21-minute mark. Even in dance music circles where ten-minute tracks are commonplace, that's stretching it. But the tracks on II -- the shortest is six and a quarter minutes; the longest, 13:13 -- feel like discrete entities that seldom seem to take up as much space as they actually do. That isn't to say Lindstrøm and Thomas aren't plenty indulgent: the slow guitar buildup of "Gudene Vet + Snutt" could have been taken from the warm-up exercises of any number of post-Dead jam bands, while the skittering drum rolls and cascading synthesizers that climax "Note I Love You + 100" might have escaped a pre-Miami Vice Jan Hammer session. But what's more evident than ever on II is how casual-sounding the two can make even a track such as the steady-building piano-centered electro-bolero of "For Ett Slikk Og Ingenting," or the endlessly playful "Skal Vi Prøve Nå?," a lovely pileup of thumb piano, shuffling hi-hats, thunking bass, chunky percussion, and woozy organ that spins like a top and lazes like a sunbather both at once. For all its widescreen ambition, II feels admirably lived in.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 00:15
2 00:11
3 00:20
4 00:10
5 00:23
6 00:14
7 00:12
8 00:08
9 00:10
10 00:11
11 00:20
12 00:16
13 00:20
14 00:18
15 00:09
16 00:37
17 00:17
18 00:34
19 00:09
20 00:29
21 00:49
22 00:21
23 00:06
24 00:19
25 00:30
26 00:34
27 00:36
28 00:23
29 00:23
30 00:55
31 00:27
32 00:23
33 00:41
34 00:42
35 00:14
36 00:17
37 00:29
38 00:33
39 00:25
40 00:43
41 00:36
42 00:19
43 00:30
44 00:29
45 00:49
46 00:46
47 00:14
48 00:18
49 00:49
50 00:44
51 00:44
52 00:28
53 00:31
54 00:20
55 00:13
56 00:37
57 00:55
58 00:29
59 00:19
60 00:30
61 00:49
62 00:28
63 00:30
64 00:38
65 00:42
66 00:46
67 01:04
68 00:49
69 01:04
70 00:37
71 01:25
72 01:12
73 00:30
74 00:47
75 01:12
76 01:02
77 01:03
78 00:46
79 01:25
80 01:06
81 01:06
82 00:47
83 01:10
84 02:02
85 01:25
86 01:30
87 01:28
88 01:46
89 02:02
90 01:01
91 02:10
92 01:34
93 01:01
94 01:42
95 01:11
96 02:23
97 01:21
98 01:52
99 01:55
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