Become a Critic or Submit a Song
Register Now
It only takes 60 seconds!

Already have an account?
Login Now
2/8/2015 CliveAnders 5813 CliveAnders
4 stars [3 Votes, 4.17 Stars]
Latest Chat2/16/2020 12:07:14 PM EST
DaveOD: The ghost ship still sails.
Chat Now!
Latest Comment 6/1/2020 9:45:36 AM EST
Sold a Fool
firth5a: Was there a Hammond organ in there? Really liked the solo, but the song seems to be missing somethin...
Latest Backstage 2/2/2015 1:44:36 AM EST
Sold a Fool
ghengus23: great down dirty country rock feelin' from the start. Reminds me of social distortion. Not sure if...

8/7/2007

Dvärghämster - Dvärghämster is a quartet studying at the Conservatory of Rhythmic Music in Kristiansand, Norway. Their artistic ambition is to combine strong arrangements with loose and vital improvisation. With the energy from rock, with a mixture of both acoustic and electronic devices, the band tries to expand their sound beyond conventional jazz idioms. 
Britneys bear
Weighted Rating: [4 Votes, 4.75 Stars]
Views: 2,386
Featured Review
firth5a [8/7/2007 11:16:15 AM EST]
Score: +20
This reminds me of my college days.

Lounging around a smoke filled room gargling cheap wine with my doped up mates listening to Stanley Clarke and thinking "God, will this never end!" Back then I just pretended I liked it and used to sit there and say "cool" and the like, but now I'm gonna say what I really think.

I know I'm gonna pick up some boos for this, but what the heck. It's great playing, nice arrangement and well recorded, but at the end of the day it's just self-indulgence on the scale of one of those never ending Rick Wakeman/Yes type solos and really doesn't flick my switch. The "themes" that run through the track don't strike me as particularly new or fresh, just reworkings of familiar jazz/funk/fusion themes.

You're great musicians, but I'd rather pluck my pubes blindfold with rusty tweezers than listen to this again.
itchybrother [8/29/2007 3:15:58 PM EST]
Score: +0
speaking of plucking, I really like the one plucky section of this song, from around 1:25 to 1:46. That would make a nice song on its own.
CalebH [8/21/2007 10:57:50 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 4 stars
It's really good, and that violin solo reminds me of Gumbo Variations, which is great. But I thought it was about twice as long as it needed to be. Great talent, though.
rhasea [8/17/2007 9:39:52 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 5 stars
I think it's a nicely done piece. I particularly liked the violin solo. Good job.
partialreptile [8/15/2007 3:19:30 PM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 5 stars
YES! YES! YES! YES! Excellent. I think I previously comparred you to The Redneck Manifesto, for this track I'm striking that and comparing you to Warren Ellis' The Dirty Three, #@&%!EN ACE!
drfringe [8/7/2007 5:55:29 PM EST]
Score: +0
yeah man- strange and magnificent
aaronlife [8/7/2007 4:25:20 PM EST]
Score: +0
yeah, i wasn't entirely serious about you trying ;)

those are great songs, who knows why this got 100% and those less, unless skilled jazz tunes impress people
firth5a [8/7/2007 3:23:54 PM EST]
Score: +0
Perhaps I've been a bit harsh, aaron - but this is one of those tracks that strikes me as music for musos and I was a bit peeved that this was on the front page when there were three excellent commercial pop/rock songs with a much wider appeal shunted into relative obscurity.

As you know, anyone coming to this site fresh wll hit that page first of all. Less than two minues of this and they'll be scared off back to last.fm to listen to limp brisket or whatever they're called.
aaronlife [8/7/2007 11:36:14 AM EST]
Score: +0
great job on this, parts of it didn't do anything for me, other parts i really liked... the performance is impeccable. overall, i wouldn't choose to listen to it, but that's just where my taste in jazz falls. it's clearly good on many levels.
aaronlife [8/7/2007 11:29:25 AM EST]
Score: +0
are you sure firth, try plucking one... this ain't that bad ;)
Mr. Bratty [8/7/2007 10:56:23 AM EST]
Score: +0
beyond awesome! an abundance of creativity and the talent to pull it off. beauty!
balcerebon [8/7/2007 8:42:49 AM EST]
Score: +0
Rated 5 stars
balcerebon [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
i like the way it flowed through different movements. and the noises you had bouncing around behind the bass solo at around 5:00 were a great way to accentuate the bass. you guys are damn good.
ScottT [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
Damn you guys are good. Do I hear a bit of Didier Lockwood in that violin playing? This is FEATURE stuff here.
wayne monges [posted during evaluation]
Score: +0
this band is smokin!

Critics who liked this also liked: 
1. Opened Wine (56.5 points)
2. Pledge of Allegiance- the extended cookout version (47.5 points)
3. Huggy's Crib (47.5 points)