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".. one of the best debut
albums ever to be released in this country"
Nöjesguiden, June 1999
"Even so, they maintain
a healthy respect for traditions in lyrics and music while hitting a stark
tone between melancholy and vulnerability that feels both strong and unique.
Alimony are very impressive...."
Ha kan Steen
Aftonbladet, May 211999
"Oh yeah, Alimonys debut
is a real killer."
GP, May21 1999
"It takes a heart of steel
not to be affected by former Skelleftea -based Fredrik Öster's sensitive
singing and songs."
Sound Affects #42, Spring 1999
"Debutalbum from a band
out of Gothenburg. Sensationally good."
Barometern, May 19 1999
"...but Alimony from Gothenburg
(no less...) produce absolute world class noveau Country on their album
"Bottomless~'. And - hold on to your hats - I'll even go as far as
saying that "Bottomless" beats Wilco's latest offering."
Affonbladet 'Reasons to be ecstatic" column, June 7 1999
"Bottomless is an
album without weak spots. So far, it may well be the best Swedish debut
album of the late 90's."
# 6 (June), 1999
by Lennart Persson
At last years Hultsfreds
festival 16 Horsepower was the band you absolutely were not supposed to
miss, but did anyway. With this year's festival coming up I only have one
thing to say:
Alimony. Do not miss them!
At least not if you appreciate music that touches you and hurts without having to hit you over the head with a hammer.
It is extremely tiresome to yet another time refer to the likes of Neil Young, Uncle Tupelo and The Band. It is even more tiresome to bring up completely worn out and meaningless expressions like "no depression" or "alternative Country" (whatever that is?). I'll do it now just so you'll understand where this band is coming from. Alimony has most certainly listened to the artists mentioned above, and they probably love the entire American musical tradition, but not for a second do they become slaves to their inspirations. They may move around in the same musical landscape as Wilco and Son Volt, but they don't have any trouble making themselves heard even in that company. At least not musically - this band is much better than most of what is sold as "no depression" - though there might be a marketing problem in releasing your album on a tiny, idealistic record company in Lund. Of course, this shouldn't stop you from going out and buying Bottomless, one of the best debut albums ever to be released in this country. An album that almost, but just almost, does full justice to the magnificent live band Alimony. It is probably due to economical considerations that the production sometimes feels a bit unnecessarily boogie-ish and the sound a bit blurry and undynamic. While listening to Alimony I also listened to an album with Willard Grant Conspiracy, brilliantly recorded in an American studio, and just wished that the boys from Gothenburg would have gotten the chance to record under the same circumstances. Everything else is already there. Nothing can diminish Fredrik O~sters well made, sparklingly beautiful songs, with their plain and striking lyrics. To boot, he sings them with a genuinely strong and sensitive under-your-skin voice. These songs are the soul of the band, it's around them that the band moves in its subtle, yet powerful way, and with a confidence that makes the band unique in their league. A lot of other European bands that clearly pull Lowards Lhe Aluerican tradition often fall into cliche's to compensate the lack of a natural connection to the same. Judging from how Alimony sound, they have never even been close to falling into that trap.
Next time around, great things can happen. Put the band in a better studio, with a gutsier producer and let someone with a more developed aestethic sense design the cover, and even the big country to the west will fall on its knees.
May 21, 1999
by Ha kan Steen
First Deeptone the other
week, and now Alimony. Ramblin' Records from Lund sure know how to find
talented Swedish Alternative Country band. With a debut as solid as "Bottomless"
this quintet from Gothenburg steps forward to the cutting edge of the genre.
Alimony move in the same musical areas as Townes Van Zandt (the title track
is a powerful tribute to the fallen hero), early Jayhawks and Wilco around
"Being There". Even so, they maintain a healthy respect for traditions
in lyrics and musicwhile hitting a stark tone between melancholy and vulnerability
that feels both strong and unique. Alimony are very impressive, and if
you don't believe me you can see for yourself at the Hultsfred festival.
June 7, 1999
by Per Bjurman
Reasons to be ecstatic (weekly column)
Nusicians from around these
parts always seem to have as much trouble with Country as with reggae,
but Alimony from Gothenburg (no less....) produce absolute world class
noveau-Country on their album "Bottomless".
And - hold on to your hats - I'll even go as far as saying that "Bottomless" beats Wilco's latest offering.
June 7, 1999
New label Ramblin Records
first releases come bumper to bumper. Following the much acclaimed Deeptone
and their debut album "Let them be wrong", the time has come for Alimony's
debut. At a slightly slower pace, more pensive and melancholy than their
colleagues in Deeptone, Alimony from Gothenburg offer music with more distinct
Country traits. Singer/songwriter Fredrik O~ster is brilliant, the backing
solid and confident, with a special bow to Gunnar Frick on pedal steel.
Alimony can be seen and heard at the Hultsfred festival this summer.
May 21, 1999
by Olle Berggren
Even the Swedish rock scene
has started producing their own No Depression acts. Alternative Country
inspired by Gram Parsons and Uncle Tupelo. Alimony based in Gothenburg
create haunting mood-Country in the lines of Son Volt and Whiskeytown.
It is a magnificent debut.
May 22, 1999
There is no doubt about it.
The most competent A&R staff during the last six months can be found
on the newly started label Ramblin' Records in Lund. A couple of weeks
ago Deeptone from Almhult, interesting newcomers to the alternative Countryrock
scene, released their debut album on Ramblin'. Now Alimony from Gothenburg
proves that Gram Parson has not only affected generations of Americans.
Singer/songwriter Fredrik O~ster has the same feeling for Parson- Country
as Jay Farrar of Son Volt, and the same talent for making pop tunes as
Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. Besides, he's an excellent singer with the ability
to change from quiet vulnerability to a cocky rock'n roll attitude.
In "All we had (was each oLher)" Alimony gives us a "Love Hurts" for the 21st century, in the dramatically constructed "Revolution" Bjarne Karlsson's Roy Bittan-piano rules, and in the title track (a tribute to Townes van Zandt) O~sters voice meets Karlsson playful pump organ. Much more could be added to the list. "Bottomless" is an album without weak spots. So far, it may well be the best Swedish debut album of the late 90's.
May 21, 1999
by Annika Norlin
Alimony is one of Gothenburg's
favorite bands, and play gritty Country Rock with a Hammond organ and pedal
steel backing the beautiful words of Fredrik Oster. They're one of the
few "do-not-miss"-bands at this year's Hultsfred festival.
Listen closely to the Townes Van Zandt-tribute Bottomless: "Tonight I'll sing my favorite song and try to hide the pain. As the curtain falls the lights go out, I'll try to hide the pain".
May 14, 1999
by Tommy Granlund
Debut album from a band out
of Gothenburg. Sensationally good.
Swedes that have a natural feel for Country are so extremely rare that I'm always struck with amazement every time I hear Country that is for real. Alimony are more than that. They are very, very good. Solid Country Rock of finest quality. The songs are and perfomances are high class, melodious and professional.
A lot of people blabber on about "No Depression" these days. Granted, the original wave generated a lot of good music, but it has long since become a tired and somewhat trendy cliche. Alimony will probably be nonchalantly stamped as "No Depression But Alimony is really something completely different. They stand for a more solid, deep-rooted Country Rock, in the spirit of Gram Parsons and the Flying Burrito Brothers. The track "All We Had (Was Each Other) is fairytale-beautiful Country performed with a rock'n roll aLUiUud~. IL's brillianL enough to have sat well even on one of The Burritos early epoch- making albums.
Fredrik Öster, who sings lead and plays acoustic guitar, writes strong songs with pwerful melodies and and a genuine feeling for the genre. His voice sounds hurt, shattered and overcome with resignation as he delivers the lyrics. The band sounds as good playing a Rock'n Roll song like "Lead Me Straight" as in the melancholy "I Fear Myself" with its crying steel. Excellent production by Göran Svenningsson. It may seem odd, but using a producer with his background in the Swedish blues scene may have been a stroke of genius.
Making comparisons with The Flying Burrito Brothers may sound almost unhinged, and naturally Alimony are not quite as magnificent yet. They are, however, very, very good and "Bottomless" is sensationally strong album.
May 21, 1999
by Martin Röshammar
I think I'm getung a new
favorite record company. Ramblin' Records from Lund released Deeptone about
a month ago. Now it's time for Alimony from Gothenburg and their debut
album. This is just as good as Deeptones album, an album that totally knocked
me out. Yes, it is Americana-ish and melancholy, and it could easily have
become pathetic and a copy of the American originals. But this only sounds
fresh and relaxed. It feels fantastic to be able to say that Alimony are
already in the same exalted league as Wilco, Son Volt and The Original
Harmony Ridge Creek Dippers, even Jayhawks. We're talking emotional Country
Rock. "All We Had (Was Each Other)" is brilliant and makes me want to cry,
just like the even better "Lead Me Straight". During the 27 years I spent
in Gothenburg, I never once imagined the town could produce a really good
May 21, 1999
by Torkel Bohjort
Alimony from Gothenburg is
the second band to releasea full-length album on Ramblin' Records. And
the label is true to form.
Alimony explore the same Americana niche as their label mates Deeptone - and they do it at least as well.
Fredrik Öster from Skelleftea who writes and sings the songs, does it - every time - with a tear in the corner of his eye. Northern melancholy soaked in considerable amounts of booze is a lethal combination for any dreamer or romantic.
The matchless opening with "Like a Waterfall" (did a Swedish band ever sound so, eh.... traditionally un- Swedish?) "Another Gathering", "All We Had (Was Each Other), "Lead Me Straight" and "Wishing Well" is nothing for wimps. A collection of songs like that might fool us into believing this is a record that was improvised in Mark Olson's and Victoria Williams' dusty backyard in the Mojave-desert.
The fact that "Bottomless" lose a bit of tempo towards the end doesn't really matter, Alimony's debut album has already made it all the way. A lethal record, at least for us wimps.