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The Soundtrack of our Lives

Communion (Yep Roc)

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On their first album of new material in four years, this Swedish band continues to reinforce the relevance of classic rock. If The Who had been as metaphysically inclined as The Moody Blues, this might have resulted. First impressions of Communion may be dominated by the eerily smiling consumers on the liner. Once you've heard the music, they look like zombies. "Killing machines are born to stay fueled" keys the storm that is "Ra 88" (radium). "Second Life Replay," sweetened by harpsichord, describes time in limbo as a commodity. While "Flipside" plays on fear, it raises the spirit for future battles. Even at 24 tracks, Communion leaves me hungry for more.

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