Trúbrot

Trúbrot

by Deanne Sole

29 August 2010

 
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Trúbrot

Trúbrot

(Shadoks)
US: 6 Jul 2010
UK: 9 Aug 2010

In 1969 two Icelandic bands decided to form the country’s first rock supergroup. Trúbrot was the outcome and Trúbrot was Trúbrot’s first album. The musicians make a bold bid for unoriginality by spending most of their time covering the songs of other people. Lyrics are sung in íslenska. The Beatles’ “Things We Said Today” finds itself with a new and rather good intro. Jose Feliciano’s “Rain” is sung by a woman. An organ spreads the landscape with fuzz. An adapted “Pilgrim’s Chorus” from Wagner’s Tannhäuser obtains a piano and a drumkit. Paradoxically for an album that relies so much on the creativity of other people, Trúbrot hums along with the kind of happiness that comes with a confident belief in one’s own self-worth. Faithful to the contemporary ethos that valued youthful silliness, the musicians make cartoon chicken noises in “Eg Se Það” and put on funny voices for “Afgangar”. Wagner they play straight.

Trúbrot

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