FLÄSKET BRINNER - Fläsket

Fläsket Brinner were one of Sweden's best underground bands. Their name translates as Burning Pork Fat, and they brought that offbeat sensibility to their music. While their first album was a mixture of folky and heavy rock instrumentals, for the follow-up they recorded enough tracks to fill a double album, and could therefore expand their repertoire to include jazz, rock and boogie. The jazz makes its first appearance in the opening three tracks, with the jaunty 'Klotet' being one of the best. 'Vartagardsvalsen' is more of a rock instrumental, and that leads nicely into one of the oddest tracks on the album, the Quo-lite boogie of 'Di Dumme Sma Björnana'. The jaunty jazz of 'Jäten Feeling' is reminiscent of a 70's cop show theme tune - and there is nothing wong with that - and 'Beate Hill' has some great jazz-rock saxophone playing on it. For the second disc of the double album most of the tracks are live recordings, showing that the band really excelled in the live arena. 'Grismakt' is a case in point, wirth its lyrical guitar-work shining out over the sturdy jazz-rock backing. Halfway through they introduce a Swedish folk theme, and then use that as a launching pad for some stunning heavy guitar rock. An outstanding track that never outstays its welcome despite clocking in at some fourteen minutes long. Lengthy closer 'Örspranget' is another guitar tour de force over some solid drumming, and even includes snatches from 'In The Hall Of The Mountain King' and a reprise featuring the 'Jean Genie' riff. Overall this is a truly excellent album which once again shows that the Scandinavians are the real experts when it comes to jazz-rock. Out on CD, so no excuse not to try it.
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