- Audio CD (January 19, 2010)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- ASIN: B0032Y8XLO
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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The material ranges in quality although there isn't a bad song on the album and even some of the weaker songs work well due to the band's arranging skills. Overall though, what makes this collection work is the intricate, clever arrangements by the band, the infectious melodies and strong performances. The first disc tends to be a bit stronger (although the second disc is very good)without a single weak track.
Releasing a two CD set in the midst of the decline of CDs is a brave and idiosyncratic move. Given the current times and the themes of the album, "Communion" has a lot of relevance today. We get the lyrics for the entire album in a booklet (although I wish they were printed in BLACK not the light color presented here).Read more ›
Actually I am not sold on all the songs on Communion and a few have actually bored me after a few listens, like the Skynyrd-esque "Thrill Me". I still appreciate the chops and diversity that TSOOL possess. As for picking favorites, I personally like the psychedelic "Reconnecting The Dots", the Hellacopters sounding "Mensa's Marauders", and the anthem of self-discovery "Pictures of Youth" which curiously transcends between slow jazz and powerful prog-rock sections. And then there's "The Ego Illusion" which climaxes as if it is trying to replicate Dave Grohl's next buzz-ballad. From there I am not sure what else to point out other than the irony that the first album I bought in 2009, and the one I have spent the most time listening to this year, had only inspired me enough to write one of the shortest reviews.
For those familiar with the Underground Garage radio hit "Sister Surround" from 2001's Behind The Music, you may be in for a bit of a surprise when experiencing Communion. The Swedes, collectively as musicians, are a progressive bunch as it is always been difficult to stay comfortable with many of their country's top bands (Hellacopters and Backyard Babies included). Take this one slow. Maybe stream a few songs online somewhere (like Yep Roc Radio). But if you had already became a diehard TSOOL fan, then Communion will sound like the best album the 1970s never heard.
Out of the over 700 albums I own, this is going into all-time great category between albums 1 and 25. Influences of every great guitar-oriented band from each decade of Rock. Crafty, witty, uplifting songwriting to match. When I listen to this recording I am on a magic carpet within seconds, all the way beyond track 24. No matter if you are Byrds, Stones, Kinks, or Radiohead, I hope you fall in love with this band the way I have.
My teenaged son, usually with a sharp ear inherited from his father, identified a touch of Bowie. This meshes well along with the usual nods to not only The Who, but mid-period Stones and possibly Pink Floyd. The album art also reminded me of the glory days of Hipgnosis, especially the memorable covers and interior shots for "Wish You Were Here" and "Presence"!
The addition of a guest vocalist on two cuts gives a somewhat more world-weary, grainier delivery that enhances the equally burdened, if a bit higher-pitched, tones of their accomplished regular vocalist, Ebbot Lundberg. The band perhaps can be made too anonymous, ironically, by their very competence! They continue their impressive ability to adapt to their musical forebears by hammering down the kind of Who-meets-Stones riffing that anchors their signature sound.
So, how's this classified as indie rock, rather than classic retreads? I still cannot account for this, but TSOOL keeps their stance light. They don't let songs drag on. They, schooled in punk, keep their appealingly accessible rock brisk.
That being said, this twenty-four track, double-record set does deliver, although the intensity of the best stretches found on their début, "Extended Revelation," or their "Origin, Vol. 1" is diminished noticeably. Not enough to disappoint, but the anthemic quality that for me encourages a turn up on the volume knob did not happen as much on "Communion.Read more ›
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My favorite album by the band. An amazing roller coaster emotions, leaving you relieved and ready to re-engage with the world.Published 18 months ago by nick sigmund
While not as aggressive as earlier efforts, "Communion" delivers the good and rewards repeat listens. No filler, all killer (if often 'killer' you softly...).Published on July 29, 2009 by A. F. Packer
The Soundtrack of Our Lives has been around for a long time and have released four previous albums, all of them at least good (and one of them, the ambitiously titled EXTENDED... Read morePublished on March 25, 2009 by Robert Moore