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CD REVIEW: Vasen – Live at the Nordic Roots Festival
By Ben Ohmart - 10/10/2001 - 04:27 PM EDT

Artist: Vasen
Album: Live at the Nordic Roots Festival
CD Review: One of the many unfortunate happenstances that comes from the recent terrorist activity is that now ultra-cool events like the Nordic Roots Festival are sure to be fewer. Vasen’s part of the fiddlin’ world music comes across as a Titan in a bathtub. If this is Really live music, it’s what live music should Always be. Clear, precise, bold as pandas, bright and frothing as a virgin in a Miller factory. Occasionally there is applause, but mostly it’s just a prolific bundle of

Olov – Johansson – nyckelharpa
Mikael Marin – viola
Roger Tallroth – guitar
Andre Ferrari – percussion

building modern time capsules out of old equipment.

10 tracks, 56 minutes. This is only one of many cds from Sweden’s Fab Four, all on the NorthSide label. Utterly instrumental, this is music for a New Year, whatever country you’re infiltrating. Precious and vibrant world rock that takes an ounce of progressive pop and a jigger of imported spirits, and makes heightened applause.

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