Fredrik Klingwall - _Words of Woe_
(Last Entertainment, 2009)
by: Quentin Kalis (7 out of 10)
The final in a trilogy of previously unreleased solo material, _Words of Woe_ is the only one to adopt an overarching concept, namely the poems of the master of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe. Whereas the previous two were dominated by synth-string driven sojourns of brooding, occasionally strident neoclassical bursts, _WoW_ has stripped this all away, leaving only mini-piano sonatas. The moods invoked remain unchanged, although the minimalist approach lends his work a sombre austerity previously lacking. However, the songs have a tendency to merge into each other more than before, suggesting that perhaps this ought to be treated as a magnum opus divided into ten 'acts' rather than an album of discrete songs. As a culmination of his solo work it is not bathetic; yet to speak of it as a climax is to assign to it a status it does not deserve.


(article published 16/8/2009)

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