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  • Audio CD (September 13, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Inside Out U.S.
  • ASIN: B00024BHRE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,202 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Gasoline
2. Holding On
3. Happiness
4. Absinth Minded
5. Look At Us
6. Reality
7. Stream
8. Won't Be Coming Back
9. In Time

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"Kallocain" is the second album from Paatos. The album was mixed by Steve Wilson (Porcupine Tree). The Swedish band entitles their music "melancolic post rock" with influences from Bj”rk, Can, King Crimson or Portishead.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Aaron David Jennings on February 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD
It's not fair at all that I'm the first person to review this album. I just got it last night, and haven't stopped listening to it since. Well, okay, so I did put it aside for an exploration of King Crimson's "THRAK", but that _any_ album could draw my attention away from King Crimson's body of work, which I'm currently discovering and obsessing over, is a marvelous achievement.

I know little about this band. I haven't looked into them, their past work, or their members. What I do know is that this isn't any female-fronted rock group. While most bands with a female vocalist tend to downplay the music in favor of "powerful" female singing, the vocals seem to be more like another texture in a beautiful daydreaming landscape of energy, creation, sorrow, and adoration.

The instrumentation itself is comprised of mournful mellotrons, subtle, intricate, tasteful, exploratory jazzy guitar that _really_ weeps, drumming patterns that explore various time signatures, driving rhythms, and what almost seems like dance beats thrown in a blender in an interesting crossbreed of Bill Bruford and Pat Mastelotto (Mmmm, King Crimson...)'s respective improvisatory jazz stylings and hard-rock grooves. The sonic textures remind me a bit of Radiohead's "Kid A" at its best, but more melodic and less abrasive. Traces of Anekdoten abound.

This is good music. It's just too bad that no one else has reviewed it before, because what you get are basically my first impressions. If my initial reaction intrigues you, take a chance. And write a review of your own... this is a talented band. Four stars because I haven't given it the test of time yet, but I can definitely say that these songs are texturally dense...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 30, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This album is that one in a thousand that makes it worth trudging through the other 999 to find a gem! I love it, especially the song 'Look At Us'. The singers voice is very nice, and the instrumental arrangements are quite unique and very well done. Personally, I like this album better than Timeloss, but they are both well worth picking up. The DVD that accompanies this CD is also outstanding but it only has 4 songs on it. I hope they release these albums on SACD and an entire concert recorded in DTS Surround!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven Sly on November 25, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Paatos is yet another talented progressive rock band from Sweden. Their sound is somewhat unique. It is rather moody and mellow for the most part reminding me of bands like White Willow or possibly even The Sundays. I have also seen them compared to Bjork in some reviews and I can see where this connection could be made. This album was produced by Stephen Wilson of Porcupine Tree although his influence is not as up front and apparent as it is on some of his production projects for other bands. Overall this is a very nice disc. The band is not overtly proggy, but somewhat straddles the middle ground between prog and commercial. They describe their music as "melonconic post rock" and I guess that is a pretty good way to put it. These guys are worth checking out.
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By A Customer on June 24, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I was recently introduced to PAATOS a few months ago with their previous album, "Timeloss". While that album certainly peaked my interest in the band with their dark-and-dreamy 70s & modern influenced prog/dream/shoegaze pop/rock -- their latest album 'Kallocain' has me on my knees! Nearly every song is an emotionally driven gem. The vocals are fragile yet powerful - somewhat similar to Bjork, but also to Slowdive. Speaking of Slowdive, fans of that shoegaze/britpop style of the mid-90s will worship songs like "Holding On" and "Happiness". The mood over-all is heavily melacholic yet never one-dimensional. Musicianship must also be noted as the rhythm section is absolutely INCREDIBLE. Guitars are always drenched in superbly chosen effects and mixed with both acoustic and electric passages. Not to be forgotten are the wonderfully sorrowful string (violin/cello) and piano arrangements similar to Nick Drake 'Way to Blue' era. I get chills just thinking about it!
The only reason I didn't give 5 stars was because there are a few moments with electronic elements that just aren't my style, but thankfully they are very limited.
This album is a must have for anyone into melacholic moody music. Fans of The Cure, Slowdive, Nick Drake, Bjork, Mazzy Star or even Opeth ('Damnation'-era) -- you will NOT be disappointed.
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