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3.90 | 30 ratings | 1 reviews | 27% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2005

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Goretex Weather Report (5:00)
2. REDRUM (1:37)
3. Romani (3:19)
4. Perdurabo (3:02)
5. Aleister Explains Everything (3:23)
6. 31=300=20 (It Is by Will Alone I Set My Mind in Motion) (4:24)
7. Where Death Comes to Cry (2:22)
8. The Smoking Dog (3:57)
9. Magazine RWRK (6:32)
10. You Can Try the Best You Can (5:21)

Total Time: 38:57

Line-up / Musicians

- Jørgen Munkeby / saxes, flutes, clarinet, Akai EWI, electric & acoustic guitars, bass, Rhodes, piano, synths, Mellotron, Church organ, celesta, harmonium, string & drum programming, accordion, vocals, composer
- Morten Qvenild / Rhodes, piano, synths, clavinet, celesta, Mellotron, drum machine, sampler
- Aslak Hartberg / acoustic & electric basses, drum machine, percussion
- Torstein Lofthus / drums, percussion

- Andreas Hessen Schei / synth (4)
- Kari Knardahl / French horn (9)
- Michelle Lindboe / trombone (9)
- Sjur Miljeteig / trumpet (9)
- Karl Ivar Refseth / gran cassa, tam tam, tubular bells & gongs (9)

Releases information

Artwork: Kim Hiorthøy

CD Rune Grammofon ‎- RCD2044 (2005, Norway)

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SHINING In The Kingdom Of Kitsch You Will Be A Monster ratings distribution

(30 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(27%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(37%)
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Review by Easy Money
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4 stars Shining started out as an avant-garde jazz band and over the years transformed into the most powerful semi-orchestral instrumental progressive rock band in the business. This album, In the Kingdom of Kitsch You Will be a Monster (great title, huh!), finds the band in a transitional phase playing a slightly more dissonant version of their present prog-rock, plus with a lot of their old avant-jazz tendencies still very present. To say that Shining's music is unique is an understatement, but if I drop enough names you might get a picture of what they sound like. Let's start off with Henry Cow, King Crimson, John Zorn, Mr Bungle, Ligeti, Penderecki, Eric Dolphy, Sun Ra's quirky world-lounge exotica, a bit of thrash metal and traditional music from Scandanavia, Africa and a few places in between.

This album is pretty much the opposite of easy-listening with it's intense metallic jazz fusion that is often laced with quiet creepy moments when you feel the next assault is lurking just around the corner. Although a lot of the avant- garde sections on this album are very good, Shining sometimes lapses into that sort of self-deprecating silliness that mars some of Fred Frith's work. I think the thing that puts Shining ahead of the pack is their ability to write really strong non-cliché dramatic melodies. Although there are some melodies like that present on this album, the follow-up album, Grindstone, will have them in much greater abundance.

This one is for fans of avant-garde rock only, but stick around because on their next album Shining begins to play in a style that should appeal to fans of intense modern heavy instrumental progressive rock.

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