Tight, crisp and driving this album draws me in with it's technical wizardry and progressive tinghed attacks along with it's tongue in cheek delivery that reminds at times of Zappa, Bumblefoot, Ron Thal, Weird Al Yankovich and others - combined and separately. The band also have a serious talent for hooks in their chorus which sometimes jump right out of the Big-Hair/Arena Rock era (see Rights to You as an example).
This album is a jewel. My son - a fan of Rob Zombie and Foo Fighters thinks this album is totally cool. He is 13 years old so it is no suprise that we do not particularly agree much about many things; especially music. Freak Kitchen isn't death or goth metal, it isn't power or epic metal, it isn't guttoral or grungy metal. It is just an outstanding Metal/Rock/Prog/Alterenative album and we both agree that we like it.
Organic is more progressive than the previous and excellent 2003 release Move. As to whether or not it is 'prog' I cannot fix it totally in such a lable. Progressive yes, prog or prog-metal I think not. I do like Organic better than any previous Eklundh works. The hooks are stronger and the band more wide-open/spacious. Every song has something impressive by Eklundh whether underneath the track, a solo aside, or a more extended solo extension. This guy is amazing. By the way, the guitar is without FX - did I say Eklundh is amazing?
Over repeated plays I have tried to focus on the bass and drums so I can make some intelligent comment about them. What I can say is they are excellent and at least up to this often challenging music. The thing is, I have a hard time staying focused on isolated instruments here - the guitar or the hooks or the lyrics draw me away into the overall track and I forget I was trying to keep tabs on these guys. This is a most postive reflection on the completeness and integration of the compositions in Organic to which I might add that I never - absolutely never sense that I am listing to only 3 players.
Lyrically the band often address social issues. This is a real gift to this 48 year old listener. I can totally rock out to this band and know I am not shouting lyrical drivel about angst or libido or wizards and demons.
This album is clearly gonna finish very high on my best of 2005 list. Track samples on the band's web site. Do yourself a favor progger or rocker or metalhead... check out the samples.