There seem to be an abundance of half decent albums coming from Sweden right now, and this week it's Logh's turn to put in a rather pleasing effort.
Remember the days of the "tricky third album"? Bands invariably would spend extra months crafting the sound of an album, so as to ensure it sounded different from the fresher broad appeal of the previous two.
A band with a good raw sound, might escape criticism on the first two LPs, but that third album, the knives would be sharpened. Many came a cropper, even giants like Oasis released a highly disappointing third LP, hastening the band's demise.
Nowadays though, with the advent of bands being able to do their own publicity and perhaps bringing out one or two albums under the radar, the fourth album nowadays seems to be the maker or breaker.
Sweden's Logh have now reached that milestone/millstone. Their third album, 'A Sunset Panorama' was recorded in just one day, the band say, to avoid sounding over-produced.
But this time around, Logh have spent many months crafting the sound of an LP that has a whole heap of extra instrumentation involved, crafting some songs that stand up impressively against bands of a similar genre.
In particular 'Thieves In The Palace', an eight minute composition that fuses energetic guitar and piano reminiscent of fellow Scandinavians, Mew. "There, in the dust at my feet something flickered in the heat / And then just like that it disappeared / Last night the mutiny spread / The cops were on the run / The kids were out for blood" exclaims frontman Mattias Friberg, as Logh come to terms with the actuality of having to progress their troubled lives.
Sadly though with the exception of opener 'Saturday Nightmares' and 'Forest Eyes', the rest of 'North' fails to match or get near the zenith of 'Thieves In The Palace'.
'The Black Box' sounds like Snow Patrol way too much for our liking, and the whispered vocals on 'Weather Island' do begin to grate after six or seven plays.
That said, 'North' viewed as a whole composition is well worth checking out, particularly with the three tracks noted above in mind.
Yes, that fourth album can be quite tricky, but Logh have come out of it alive and kicking, with evidence of a creative spark that will shine on for many albums more.