Tio Bitar - Dungen
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. It isn’t the sort of artistic statement that promises to change anyone’s life, but it’s no less a great work of escapist art, the sort of essential record I’d pick for any hypothetical list of desert island necessities.
  2. 92
    In comparison to... Ta Det Lungt, Tio Bitar trades much of the immediacy for multi-dimensional empiricism and fringe atmosphere. [#25, p.98]
  3. Once again, English speakers need not understand a lick of Swedish to enjoy the music's universally mind-expanding effects.
  4. Tio Bitar finds Dungen streamlining its expansive pop-psych attack with a set of jams that hit with more clarity and intensity than ever.
  5. Dungen are the band The Mars Volta wish they were.
  6. As good as 'Tio Bitar' is, it's actually a weaker album than 'Ta Det Lungt' in some respects.
  7. 80
    Decidedly heady stuff. [Jul 2007, p.100]
  8. Tio Bitar is Dungen's most realized album yet and should resonate with anyone who likes rock music at all.
  9. 80
    A subtle hallucinatory pastiche. [Jun 2007, p.92]
  10. The influences may be antediluvian but the spirit is timeless.
  11. A well-considered 10-track song cycle of mostly shorter and tighter compositions that combine the catchy, guitar-oriented pop aspects of Ta Det Lugnt ... with the darker freak-folk stylings of 2002's Stadsvandringar.
  12. "Tio Bitar" is an excellent follow-up to "Ta Det Lugnt," offering another far-out trip courtesy of Ejstes and his musical magic.
  13. The amount of change from Ta Det Lugnt to Tio Bitar may be minimal, but this superb new album is no less rewarding.
  14. If this album is less immediately impressive than its predecessor it’s because apart from tightening their arrangements the sound is still exactly what you expect.
  15. By no means is this a bad album, it is just one that in the modern day holds little relevance and offers nothing significant.
  16. Its few missteps are well balanced by a handful of blissful, seismic bright pockets.
  17. A tight, orderly marriage of the pastoral and the psychotropic -- plenty precise, but short on soul.
  18. The Swedes ignite right from the "Intro."
  19. In the end the record comes across as too much of a repeat. [#17, p.84]
  20. Certainly few guitarists playing today evoke the kind of mad intensity on display here, but like the Comets on Fire, the whole package rarely comes off as good as you think it should.
  21. Although the arrangements remain impressive, there are moments when it feels as though Dungen should stick with a quicker pace. [26 May 2007]
  22. If TaDet Lugnt was pristine portraiture, carefully aligned and composed, then Tio Bitar is the off-the-cuff action shot – freely flowing and effortlessly jammed, its hair ruffled and with a face in need of a shave.
  23. Dim-witted 1970s rock, that washed-out old dinosaur, is the drearily dominant theme.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Nodon
    May 15, 2007
    10
    It's grewing on you!
  2. Tyler
    May 2, 2007
    9
    Solid from start to finish. Nearly on par with Ta Det Lungt.
  3. JeffP
    Apr 27, 2007
    8
    This album may have been a similar feel to their previous album, but it is definitely worth checking out. There's nothing ruined here, it's fairly solid and maybe they risk flopping by reinventing themselves after they show they can put out multiple albums that are enjoyable listens from front to back. Full Review »