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Bolla och Rulla

Pugh Rogefeldt & Rainbrock

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Album Review

Bolla och Rulla shows Pugh Rogefeldt in transition between the syncretic, playful music of his earlier albums and heavier rock. Containing parts of both these styles, this album also shows how important Jan Karlsson, Georg Wadenius, and their jazz influences had been for Rogefeldt. While there are still attempts at creative arrangements and funky beats, Rainrock, which Pugh formed one year earlier, is far from as dynamic as the former trio. The longer improvisations often feel long, and when the winding melodies and repetitions are not supported by a sensitive backing, they may disappear into nothing. That said, the songs here are not bad, and the lyrics may in fact be among the better Rogefeldt had written so far, or at least less nonsensical than much of his earlier work. In 1973 Rogefeldt was still one of the most innovative Swedish rock artists, and Rainrock definitely didn't lack skills, but they were much better when their noisier qualities were brought to bear, guitar riffs and drums tuned low. There are a few examples of this on the album as well, the best may be the explosive "Hog Farm." ~ Lars Lovén, Rovi

Biography

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s

Pugh Rogefeldt had a large number of hits in the '70s and for a while he widened Swedish mainstream rock with playful arrangements and by merging many different styles. But maybe Rogefeldt's most important contribution was to break the language barrier for Swedish rock bands. Not only did he use Swedish, but he also used it in a way that hadn't been done before, including the expressiveness and singing techniques of modern rock. Later in the '70s, Rogefeldt turned to more straightforward rock &...
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