Ulver - Shadows Of The Sun review
|Album:||Shadows Of The Sun|
|Release date:||October 2007|
02. All The Love
03. Like Music
05. Shadows Of The Sun
06. Let The Children Go
07. Solitude [Black Sabbath cover]
09. What Happened?
"We feel it is our most personal record to date. Low-key, dark, and tragic. As we are."
This sentence was the last part in the news update on Ulver's official website just before this album was released. Theese words, particulary "Low-key, dark, and tragic" reflect the atmosphere of this album very well. I would say this album is probably Ulver's best effort so far, and also one of the best atmospheric albums you could find - probably even one of the best albums ever released. And it's all about atmosphere. If 'Blood Inside' made me think of cities and dark factories, 'Shadows Of The Sun' works in the exact opposite way. When I listen to this album I see deserts, moors and other kinds of fields. It all takes place in the very night, and on the sky there is a full moon. And under the moon, wolves gather - just like mentioned in the opening track. This haunting atmosphere is created by a unique combination of instruments like trumpet, strings and theremin, the totally original song structures, one of the best productions I've ever heard - and of course the awesome lyrics and enchanting vocals.
Most people say that this is the first Ulver album where the band doesn't change their style radically from everything else they ever done. I disagree with those poeple, I think 'Shadows Of The Sun' is just as ground breaking as any other Ulver album. Even if you can hear influences from certain artists and styles on this album I haven't heard anything like this - most of the album sounds like a twisted mix of old Black Sabbath tracks like 'Planet Caravan' and of course 'Solitude', and trip hop.
'Shadows Of The Sun' is a masterpiece, there's no denying that. It's one of the most beautiful and tragic albums I've ever heard, and it's one of the few albums I've heard whose lyrics blew me away - I am mostly not a guy who cares about lyrics at all. The only reason that I don't rate it with 10/10 is that there are some tracks I like more, and therefore every track isn't ultra perfect. I'd say the best tracks are the first three, 'Solitude' and 'Funebre'. If you heard and enjoyed any of those tracks, get this album! Maybe not for everyone but it has my warmest recommendations.
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