Ulf Wakenius: Dodge the Dodo


Dodge the Dodo


Ulf Wakenius (acoustic nylon, acoustic steel, and electric guitars)


Love Is Real (ACT Music-Vision AMV 9459)

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Ulf Wakenius (acoustic nylon, acoustic steel, and electric guitars),

Lars Jansson (piano), Eric Wakenius (electric guitar), Lars Danielsson (bass, cello, effects), Morten Lund (drums, cajon, percussion); radio.string.quartet.vienna: Bernie Mallinger, Johannes Dickbauer (violins), Cynthia Liao (viola), Asja Valcic (cello)


Composed by Esbjörn Svensson


Recorded: 2007


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

Ulf Wakenius wanted to add an edge to e.s.t.'s eminently catchy "Dodge the Dodo," so what does he do? He calls in radio.string.quartet.vienna, of course. The galloping syncopations of Magnus Öström's drums are replaced by the sharp, closely coordinated string scrapings of two violins, viola and cello, which grabs your attention as effectively as any skin-pounding can. Also demanding notice is Wakenius himself and his Moroccan-influenced classical guitar, with the astonishing panache of his nylon-string plucks.

The only letdown, although it's a minor one, is the introduction of son Eric's rock guitar at the last go-around of the chorus. The vibe was doing just fine without any plugged-in instruments, which made the metal overtones essentially superfluous. But it's brief and the younger Wakenius acquits himself sufficiently in his cameo.

Ulf Wakenius's reworking of "Dodge The Dodo" does much to establish that the melodic and malleable compositions of the late Esbjörn Svensson could eventually become the largest part of his legacy.

Reviewer: S. Victor Aaron


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