"Chapters" is a double album compilation by Swedish progressive rock band Anekdoten, released in May 2009. The first disc contains the band's favourite tracks from their 3 latest albums, "From Within", "Gravity" and "A Time of Day". It also features the newly recorded track "When I Turn", a track originally written for the From Within album. The second disc focuses on the band's earlier years, including the very first Anekdoten track "Sad Rain", which previously only was available as bonus track on the Japanese version of "Vemod", and demo versions of songs from "Nucleus" and "A Time of Day".
In the early 90s a wave of King Crimson inspired new progrock bands emerged in Scandinavia. One of the first was four piece formation Anekdoten from Sweden. From Within (1999). After a long silence, Anekdoten reemerges into the darkness with a record that is both more mature than their debut, Vemod, and yet somewhat less polished than 1995's Nucleus. From Within feels like it was produced on a tighter budget, and the production can have a rehearsal-room feel - although to be sitting in Anekdoten's rehearsal room is no small privilege. The opening title track is a band tour de force of crunching bass, swooping Mellotron, and clattering snare drums…
This CD EP contains some very nice live material from Anekdoten 1990's era. For example the version of "Karelia" is here extraordinary powerful, much better than on the "Vemod" album. It's mellotron coda really reaches the dramatic genius of human experience. "A Way of Life" sounds as an improvisation, and there are some kind of frippertonics used on this piece, strengthening the band's fascination with King Crimson as an innovator. Two other tracks are good also. Not probably the best record as first introduction to the band, but warmly recommended for those who like Anekdoten.
"Until All The Ghosts Are Gone" is the long awaited album from Anekdoten, a wait of eight years since the excellent "A Time Of Day" (2007). Fortunately it's been worth the wait as it's as good as and sometimes better than most of their back catalogue. It's clearly recognisably Anekdoten with no great leaps in style. The haunting and melancholic melodies, the dynamic rhythm section and of course the ever present Mellotron. "Until All The Ghosts Are Gone" is a crowning achievement for Anekdoten, one of the absolute standout progressive rock albums of 2015.
Japanese papersleeve mini vinyl replica CD with a bonus disc that contains alternative mixes by Hans Fredriksson of "Shooting Star", "If It All Comes Down To You" & "Our Days Are Numbered".
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music
As a “Tronmaniac” it was inevitable that one day I would stumble upon the album 10.000 Anos Depois Entre Vénus E Marte by singer and keyboard player José Cid, this is Mellotron Heaven on Earth! Then I discovered that José Cid once joined the Portuguese five piece band Quarteto 1111 and from that moment I was very determined to get an album. Thanks to a Portuguese PA friend (you know who you are) I got a copy and was finally able to listen to this highly acclaimed and most progressive Portuguese progrock effort.
Despite some growth from their King Crimson roots, this album shows Anekdoten still sounding remarkably like Red. "Harvest," opening with a creepily distorted Rhodes piano, establishes the band's somewhat overused pattern of alternating metallic verses clotted with bass, guitar and hi-hat with gorgeously soaring choruses of Mellotron, cello, and ride cymbals. "Here" gives the guitar theatrics a rest and allows Liljestrom's melancholy vocals and the group's delicate playing to come to the foreground. Its mournful lyrics and pensive strings are played over a wheezing pump organ - listen for Nicholas Berg's feet pumping away at the bellows in the background…
Anekdoten have confirmed the launch of sixth album Until All The Ghosts Are Gone next month – their first studio title in eight years.Nicklas Barker, Ann Sofi Dahlberg, Jan Erik Liljestrom and Peter Nordins have confirmed a number of guests who’ll appear on the follow-up to 2007’s A Time Of Day.They include former Opeth keyboardist Per Wiberg, King Crimson and Steven Wilson collaborator Theo Travis, plus Marty Wilson-Piper of The Church and All About Eve fame.
"Ewen Carruthers „One red shoe“ erscheint zunächst als ein weiteres, sehr exzellent aufgenommenes, sehr entspanntes, überaus ruhiges, aber vielleicht geradezu harmloses Album. Denn seinen wahren Inhalt offenbart es nur all jenen, die genauer hinhören, und sich nicht von der mitunter sehr sanftmütigen, warmen Stimme des Künstlers dazu verleiten lassen, dieses Album einfach nur oberflächlich und beiläufig wahrzunehmen. Der Kontrast aus zumeist sanft vorgetragenen Folk-Klängen und sehr tiefgründigen, reflektierten Gleichnissen in den Texten ist es, der dieses Album so spannend und hörenswert macht. Denn die ausgefeilten, zumeist als Gleichnisse verfassten Texte drücken viel aus und lassen dem Zuhörer Platz für eigene Assoziationen." ~sempre-audio