Hoven Droven return with their trademark groove-riffage, making their trad Swedish tunes swing and stomp. Hoven Droven demonstrate all the key elements we've come to love and associate with their take-no-prisoners approach to folk music: dizzying fiddle work from Kjell-Erik Eriksson, rock-solid funky rhythms, and giddy horn sections all arrayed alongside the crushing guitar of Bo Lindberg.
The band knows that it's time to widen the palette before familiarity breeds contempt, and so they have opened themselves up to the Hammond organ of Jan Stromstedt. Not only does Stromstedt serve to further anchor the band (the organ is so well-integrated into Hoven Droven's sound that he's practically invisible on the lovely waltz "Dorten"), but the organ makes Hoven Droven sound like one of the hardest-rocking psychedelic bands around.
This CD contains a movie and 5 extra tracks in MP3 format. Damn it, listeners to the CD should be able to hear all the music and not have to hunt for it! At less than 45 minutes, surely the extra tunes could have been left as part of the traditional CD format. - Lee Blackstone
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