We're On Your Side - Slaraffenland
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  • Summary: The Danish quintet's third album was produced by Fridolin.
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  1. Yet despite the melancholy mood, We’re On Your Side is far from depressing. Slaraffenland possess a wistfully melodic knack akin to The Beach Boys if they’d never managed to get off the Sloop John B, and there is much to admire in the multi-faceted arrangements.
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    Slaraffenland are a complete surprise. Unfettered yet poptuneful, they harmonize constantly--with a melodic cool, more churchy than surfy--but plough those vocal lines into dense, dynamic texture with fierce drums marching as to war. [Jun 2010, p.103]
  3. It's experimental music, to be sure, but it doesn't conflate experimentation with alienation.
  4. There aren’t really any tracks that stand out the way 'I’m a Machine' did on "Sunshine," but there aren’t any weak links here either.
  5. Even though the tempo rarely climbs above a midtempo churn, there's a definite shape to each track, with the swirling, atmospheric arrangements recalling Sigur Ros. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it's hard not to wish that Slaraffenland showed greater focus and ambition.
  6. It'll doubtless put some smiles on some faces as it goes, but it neither reaches for more nor tries to be anything less. Perhaps it is enough, but does it have to be?
  7. Slaraffenland's Beirut-by-way-od-Sonic-Youth atmospherics are considerably more hit than miss--even if vocals occasionally threaten to pull them down. [Fall 2009, p.66]

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