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RITUAL ‘Think Like A Mountain’ (Inside Out 08565602) (2003)

A Swedish band who according to the press release play art rock/folk rock. The line-up consists of vocalist/guitarist Patrik Lunstrom, bass player Fredrik Lindqvist, keyboard player Jon Gamble and drummer Johan Nordgren.

The album contains a fair old mix of musical styles, with the Eastern tinged ‘What Are We Waiting For’ kicking the album off in fine style. Bits of melodic rock mixed with a folk vibe and a very catchy chorus. The psychedelic ‘Humble Decision’ follows, shades of Canada’s Tea Party here and a very AOR like chorus. The tempo ups on ‘Explosive Paste’ with hard riffing but this is built onto a strong melody line.

The seven minutes plus epic, ‘Mother You’ve Been Gone For Much Too Long’ has everything bar the kitchen sink thrown into the musical mix! The track fully illustrates the band’s musical prowess. The gentle lilt of ‘Moomin Took My Head’ brings to mind Jellyfish, with its piano and harmony vocals. A few tracks have yet to hit home with me, especially the title track ‘Think Like A Mountain’ but overall it’s a very strong album.

An intriguing album full of variety from folk to Eastern tinged melodies via AOR and smatterings of prog rock. Vocalist Jon Gamble really sings his heart out and comes into his own with the slower numbers. An album that deserves a wide audience and plenty of listens to fully appreciate the album.



Review by Jason Ritchie

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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