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Album Review

The second full-length album by this Norwegian folk/rock outfit finds them building on the fine EP T. Bell's Blues. They're arguably the premier band in the ever-growing roster of Pogues-influenced groups. Arvid Grov's voice, sense of melody, and sneering poetry is on par with the iconoclastic Shane MacGowan. In fact, if MacGowan hadn't done it all years before, the argument could be made as to Grov's surpassing the former Pogue. Loboville is filled with haunting melodies, dark tales, and uplifting rhythms all written or co-written by Grov. Highlights include "July Morning," a bitter account of drunkenness and lost love, and "The Mutineer," another tale of booze-influenced rebellion. On "Elisabeth," Grov incorporates restrained Tom Waits-like vocal stylings, creating a unique delivery that speaks to the brazenness of this band. Yes, their influences are obvious, but they pull it off so well.

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The inception of Norway's Greenland Whalefishers dates back to 1993 when the Pogues were still unceremoniously plugging along and prior to the influx of mid-'90s Pogues wannabe groups. Formed by vocalist and songwriter Arvid Grov and multi-instrumentalist Gunnar Grov, the Greenland Whalefishers were joined by empathetic Norwegian musicians who shared Grov's passion for original music infused with traditional Irish instruments. While a few members left the band in their early years, the group remained...
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