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  • Audio CD (January 1, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Musea
  • ASIN: B00003GPM0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #589,090 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Along with ANGLAGARD, ANEKDOTEN is the most famous example of the new Scandinavian School. This trend mixes dark and gloomy influences with an extreme energy a bit in the way of KING CRIMSON on ""Red"" or UNIVERS ZERO. The orchestration includes Mellotron and cello (All performed by the pretty Anna Sofi DAHLBERG !) and allows to turn in one second from a vaporous atmosphere to the paroxysm of frenzy. ""Vemod"" (1993) can be considered as a total masterpiece, and ""Nucleus"" follows right in the wake. A music with a rare intensity which let any listener breathless. The double-CD ""Live In Japan"" allows us to enjoy their live and musical performances. ""From Within"" (1999) shows a return to a less tough and more ""anglagardian"" music, still within a wonderful melancholic tension. As for the newcomer ""Gravity"" (2003), it succeeds in mixing ANEKDOTEN's typical style with more modern influences. That's how the eight songs on the album take you to a new direction, sometimes sweet and acoustic, even psychedelic, and sometimes atmospheric (Ala RADIOHEAD). Along with king Mellotron, you can now find the Farfisa organ, sounding very much like late Sixties tunes. Very well producted, this great album will please various audiences, and the fans will still love it. Total class ! Some four years after the previous album, here is finally the fifth opus. It was worth waiting though ! ""A Time Of Day"" (2007) seems to come back to the sound, energy and ambition of the beginnings, offering as an overture a double swig of Mellotron plus a bunch of well inspired schizoid riffs. However, those who prefer up-to-date and mainstream sounds are not forgotten either. It is granted that most of Progressive rock fans should readily be contented throughout those eight tracks, lasting more than three fourths of an hour. The presence of a flautist, guesting on the second track ""30 pieces"", bringing about a welcome wind of freshness, should also be noted. Please notice the splendid Picture LP versions of all albums to date.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By x_bruce on May 11, 2002
Format: Audio CD
It has been a long time since I took to an album like I have to Anekdoten's From Within. Previous releases were more derivitive and aggressive, their first CD, Vemod sounds very much like mid-70's King Crimson with their follow up, Nucleus showing a densely mixed, more developed band. But it is From Within that shows Anekdoten further establishing their own style.
There are still plenty of King Crimson like moments both in the angular playing and some gorgeous Mellotron sections. On From Within there is more subtlety resulting in larger dynamics and more quiet sections than on previous albums.
There is a pervading sadness and beauty throughout the CD. Songs such as Slow Fire and The Sun Absolute have beautiful moments and intense polyrhythmic segments. Songs like the opening one, two punch of From Within and Kiss Of Life are stark and intense workouts.
The vocals are greatly improved on From Within. On previous albums they seemed almost forced. Now they integrate with the mood of the song.
Anekdoten is interesting in that they are part progressive rock, part post rock/experimental. They play with angular intensity and a near punk rock quality of timbre while introducing progressive elements. This probably alienates post rockers AND progressive listeners which is a shame as Anekdoten are a great band that deserves more attention than they get.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ben Littauer on April 4, 2000
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This is a highly atmospheric (read: mellotronic) work, much less angular than Nucleus, which I did not enjoy. Shades of early-middle King Crimson, with awesome bass and aforementioned mellotrons.
Highly worthwhile.
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I was lucky enough to see Swedish outfit Anekdoten live in 2000 at Nearfest, shortly after the release of From Within (1999) and was transfixed by their performance. For me, they were the most exciting act at that progressive rock festival. Although it has been a while since that live performance, I found that time has not diminished my excitement and found From Within to possess the same raw electrical energy.

The overall approach of Anekdoten blends heavy alternative rock, melancholy post rock, and aspects of the harder-edged 1970s progressive acts. In this regard, I especially like the loud, heavily distorted and aggressive bass playing and the use of the mellotron (with string setting), which was a fixture in progressive rock during its heyday.

The tunes employ low, dark tones and alternate between delicate passages that feature soft electric guitar and mellotron to full-out assaults played at a crushing volume that are reminiscent of aggressive post-rock outfit Don Caballero. It is worth noting that while From Within is heavy, the preceding album Nucleus (1995) is even moreso.

The instrumentation is sparse and dominated by bass guitar (heavily distorted at times), electric guitar (also distorted at times), drums, and vocals. Occasionally, keyboard instruments such as the mellotron and the Hammond organ poke through this dense mixture and add some much needed tone color. The mellotron is also effective at creating emotion and an atmosphere of melancholy. There is even a bit of cello thrown in for good measure. I like the vocals, which are fairly "indie rock" sounding, in addition to the gothic lyrics.

This version of the album features good sound quality, although the liner notes are a bit skimpy.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Worgelm on August 9, 2000
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Anekdoten are not exactly original, sounding like an angry King Crimson on a cloudy day most of the time, with what could be Jon Anderson's shier young brother whispering in a wispy, fragile voice. This, Anekdoten's third studio album, is an emasculated disappointment. I think somewhere, buried in the deep and muffled morass of production, there's about 20 minutes or so of good music. Unfortunately the album is around 45 minutes long. Ironically, it seems endless when you are listening to it. The epic, long-winded mellotron-laced songs on this album tend to put me to sleep rather than electrify me. Endless, churning, droning, repetitive music - it could almost be classified as ambient it is so sparse and uneventful. The changes in mood are thundering but it takes them forever to get to where they are going, and by the time they get there what is the point anyways? Nucleus is far superior, and far more intense, with its aggressive production and songwriting. This just sounds like weepy goth-prog. A bad misstep by an otherwise talented band.
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