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From the moment I received this album, I was inwardly hoping "not" to enjoy it. I know that sounds like a shoddy attitude to adopt, but there was only one reason for this negativity – pronunciation! You couldn't imagine this band's name slipping effortlessly off your tongue whilst waxing lyrical about them and their music, could you? However, as they came highly recommended by none other than our former Reviews Editor, Paul Jerome Smith, I felt obliged to give it my full, professional attention.

Trettioariga Kriget's name translates into English as "Thirty Years War", and it's been over forty-five years since they began plying their Progressive Rock trade around the Stockholm area of Sweden. TK have a plethora of albums in their discography, but with 'Seaside Air', they've not only mellowed somewhat, but this is also the first of their ten studio albums to be sung in English.

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This present line-up of Robert Zima (vocals, guitar), Christer Åkerberg (lead guitar), Stefan Fredin (bass, rhythm guitar, vocals), Mats Lindberg (keyboards, saxophone), Dag Lundquist (drums, percussion, violin, vocals) and Johan Gullberg (drums) have moved away from their classic hard-edged Prog – emulating such established giants as Rush, Yes and Focus – towards producing a more decorous soundscape, akin to the likes of Manning and The Tangent, with subtle Pink Floydisms specifically incorporated throughout. So, if you prefer a more comforting style of Prog, or indeed you just want to dip your toe into Prog Rock territory, then '...Air' might just float your boat... upon tranquil waters, rather than on raging seas.

Opener 'The Photograph' sets the standard, Zima's vocals transpire in a soothing, storytelling manner, conveyed by a vibe that wouldn't be lost in a moody Spaghetti Western movie. On one hand, the mid-tempo pace that envelops this album could be deemed "unspectacular", however, the judicious and proficient musicianship brings an intimacy to each song. 'Seaside Air', 'Billy', 'Snow' and album closer 'Behold The Pilot' all tell intriguing, soul-searching stories that are cocooned within a "polished" Prog ambience. My favourite 'Forgotten Garden' is rather Psychedelic in its tone and delivery; just close your eyes and you'll be transported back to that golden age of "flower power" ("Peace, man").

I'd describe 'Seaside Air' as a "nice" album, that's not meant to be detrimental though. It has style, substance and an air of meandering serenity that may just impress you.

Dave Crompton

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