Reviews for Crash Course For Dessert.
Review by Geoff Barton
Classic Rock Magazine June 2014
Salander are a pair of 50-something dudes who proclaim proudly:
"this is our first album release. There's nothing like being prolific - and this is nothing like being prolific."
Here they explore the fate of a pilot who crashes his plane in the desert with a million dollars on board. It's an engrossing mix of Devin Townsend quirkiness and Peter Gabriel story telling.
Review by Bradley Birzer from www.progarchy.com
There’s nothing quite like wearing one’s influences on one’s sleeves. This seems especially true for two English guys named Dave. As I glory in the sheer aural pleasures of this album, I hear elements of Big Big Train, Cosmograf, Talk Talk, World Party, Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance, as well as Trevor Horn’s early 1980’s production style and Thomas Dolby’s funk period (this was the most shocking element of the album!). And, yet, in the end, as with almost any great art, the album very much belongs to Salander. Three things tie together all of its various styles and fusions—a wall of sound, an earnest maturity of lyrics and music, and a lot of psychedelia.
The first time I listened to the album, I thought, “Wow, that’s really interesting.” The second time, I thought, “Wow, that’s really, really interesting.” On the third listen, it hit me what they were doing. And, no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t come up with true words to match my feelings for this album. On the fourth and all subsequent listens, I’ve just simply and immeasurably enjoyed the flow of it all, taking it for the beautiful thing it is.
While I very much like all nine tracks, the standouts for me are Track 4, “Desert Sands,” a Cosmografic space tune; Track 7, “Take Me Away,” a Dead Can Dance mid-1990s tune with plaintive haunting poetry masquerading as lyrics; and Track 9, “Princess,” the perfect conclusion to a mesmerizing album, revealing some intriguing theological and existential symbolism.
I have only two criticisms of the album, neither of which really amount to much. First, I wish the mix would have increased the volume of the vocals a smidgeon. While no one will regard either Dave as possessing a “beautiful” voice, their vocals are excellent, and each vocalist knows what his abilities and limits are, vocally, and utilizes them wonderfully. As the mix stands, the vocals essentially serve as another instrument—but they deserve a bit more.
Second, I wish that the two Daves would have linked and meshed all of the tracks, one into another, with no silence between them. While I think “Crash Course” could be one song with nine parts, I also think it might have worked best as three songs with three parts each. The one really funky track, “Make Me Dance,” which feels like a Trevor Horn 12-inch remix from 1982, would feel a bit more integrated.
These, however, are nothing but very minor thoughts. The more I listen to the album, the less these two criticisms make sense.
So, in conclusion—check these guys out. Check them out now! “Crash Course for Dessert” is an outstanding album that deserves to be widely heard and distributed. A real joy.
“Crash Course for Dessert,” will almost certainly make into my top 10 for 2014 and probably my top 5. Holy schnikees this is amazing stuff.
SALANDER NINE OUT OF TEN !!
Powerplay Magazine have run a review on Crash Course in their June Issue:
Crash Course For Dessert
The Salander boys have taken their love of Floyd and Yes, and using that foundation of prog rock, they have thrown in touches of jazz, space rock, blues and flamenco, cemented it all in place with layers of the ambient, mystic eastern dance groove thing of Afro Celt Sound
System (check out 'Make Me Dance'to see what I mean), and having wrapped it all together in a home based studio, produced the rather delicious 'Crash Course For Dessert'.
Learning their craft in various blues/rock cover bands, Salander is a couple of middle aged beer bellies with an itch to scratch. And what an itch. An obvious labour of love, this album is a truly exceptional piece of art; utterly enchanting, captivating, bewitching. So, why not a perfect score? I'll tell you why. A ten out of ten would suggest that there is no room to manoeuvre, no improvements to be made (the Croninesque vocal does need refining a touch), but 'Crash Course For Dessert' is so spectacularly effortless that it suggests Salander's next project will blow everything out of the water that even the most exalted of prog rock's uber-men have produced during the last twenty
Dither ye not. If you are into Floydian prog, then nip over to salander.bandcamp.com
and get yourself a copy of this album. An absolute masterpiece, even a full page review couldn't do 'Crash Course For Dessert' justice, so you'd better go listen for yourself. Just get it. Now!
Review from New Prog Releases.
Hyle Troy February 18, 2014 at 4:11 PM
So many styles. Never boring. I love that in music. Deep in the blurb they tell us it is a concept album with a story running through it. The whole thing has beautiful keys playing, and the guitars can be sweet at one point and screaming soon after. My Favourites? " Take me Away" and "Princess" ... These guys have given us something really special for a debut album. Can't wait for the next