Charta 77 – Skuld (LP)
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The new album Skuld is the first part of a promised trilogy that is expected to be completed in the coming years. This is also a new era for me and my relationship to Charta 77. We had a good one back in the first part of the 90’s, but split up around 1996. I moved forward and so did the band. But Skuld is such a good record, therefore I have to announce that our relationship has been resumed.
Charta 77 have always been good at writing strong melodies, and that’s a talent they still got. Just listen to ”Dagbok” and ”Lägga puzzel med en hammare”. The latter is an incredibly nice song that could’ve been taken from their album The Beauty Is In The Beholders Eyes from 1991. Skuld has actually more elements that reminds of that record. And I can’t complain, because that’s one of my favorite Charta 77 album.
This is the bands most musical album and very well produced, and believe it or not, that doesn’t bother my punk heart at all. On the contrary, Skuld is a pleasant experience. Well, it can be taken as too soft, especially if you compare with their older records, but there’s no need to do that. The progress has been natural and I am just glad that I found them interesting again.
Charta 77 continues to deliver high-class melodic punkrock and it will be really interesting to hear the upcoming records in this trilogy. Matching this album can be a tough task, but I am not worried, I’m sure that they will make it. Running time: 25 minutes