Tio Bitar

Reviewed by: Jeff Weiss
Reviewed on: 2007-05-15

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Posted 05/15/2007 - 08:04:36 AM by smezzer:
 love this review.. and since Ta Det Lungt is one of my most played albums of the last few years this will definitely find its way into my hands. If it comes anywhere near to the last then i'll be a very happy chappy indeed
Posted 05/15/2007 - 08:27:26 AM by meatbreak:
 Gustav Estjes is some kind of genius. I don't care for the naive ignorance of the lines "Estjes’s lyrics are unintelligible to everyone but your average Peter, Bjorn, and Jens......you don’t want to listen to Dungen for the lyrics", which is surely as false a statement as you could make. not sure what you mean by the words being unintelligble - whether it's because they are garbled and hard to understand, or because they are in Swedish - either way, I would love to know what he's talkign about because I'm sure it complements the music pretty well. The titles of the songs do. I totally agree with the essence of the review though - this is an album as entrancing as Ta Det Lungt and that's a high bar to rise to. I sit there withmy mouth open wondering not only how a guy so young can have mastered (in an unkempt and endearing way) all these techniques, but also how in the hell he can think of putting them all together in as coherent and flat out rockin' a way.

People stop dithering around with that wet Wilco nonsense and get some Scandanavian psych into you!

P.S. Tivol's Interstellar Overbike is the furtherst out there record of the year so far (not quite from Scandanavia though - apologies Fins)
Posted 05/15/2007 - 10:43:24 AM by J_R_K_:
 these guys slay live.
Posted 05/15/2007 - 11:45:02 AM by allison1:
 but what does this album sound like? The review serves more as an introduction to the band.
Posted 05/15/2007 - 11:53:11 AM by meatbreak:
 It sounds like Jimi Hendrix, Ravi Shakar, Led Zeppelin, Iron Butterfly, T-Rex, Acid Mothers Temple - and it reeks of patchouli!
Posted 05/15/2007 - 12:41:09 PM by diego.olivas:
 yep great album. It sounds like up-to-date take on psych-rock. Definitely better than whatever indie rock typically aims for.
Posted 05/15/2007 - 06:21:56 PM by allison1:
 word, thanks. I was asking how this stacks up with their other albums. Jeff found little to criticize, which is auspicious. I loved their last album but typically skipped the extended jazzy stuff (a prejudice about which I feel slightly guilty). Just how hard does this rock, asks a riff junky?
Posted 05/15/2007 - 07:55:48 PM by remission_:
 Oh man, the extended jazzy parts were my favorite parts of Ta Det Lungt (the track and the album)! I wish i was able to find more jazz rock that sounds like that. Different strokes, i guess. Cant wait to pick up this album.
Posted 05/16/2007 - 11:02:13 AM by jhitting:
 This album is much heavier than Ta Det Lugnt and also a little bit more disjointed. Many of the pop sensibilities of the former are missing here, often replaced by random guitar destruction. That's not to say it's not great stuff, but if this gets an A then Ta Det Lugnt gets a new letter that doesn't even exist. I'm thinking Pi or something equally awesome like The Golden Ratio 1.618. But yeah, Tio Bitar is sweet as fucking honey.
Posted 05/20/2007 - 11:43:56 AM by diddywah:
 Listen to pugh rogefeldt's album "Ja Ja Ja" - it shows Ta Det Lungt to be a work of plagarism rather than homage. (Still a great album though!)
Posted 06/05/2007 - 05:27:28 PM by cwperry:
 This album just didn't grab me like Ta Det Lungt. I'll give it a few more spins, though.
Posted 06/05/2007 - 05:29:27 PM by cwperry:
 remission_: No one will believe me, but the revved-up jazz-rock riffs on Ta Det Lungt remind me of nothing as much as Jethro Tull at their hardest. "Christopher" on the bonus disc might as well be a 1974 Tull outtake. Check out Thick as a Brick and, if you like that, the album War Child.