Kristoffer Astrom “From Eagle To Sparrow”
When listening to the opening track, “For You”, on Swedish alt.country purveyor Kristoffer Astrom’s latest album the heart sinks a little. Not because it’s bad, because it’s not, far from it, but because it’s such an identikit piece of Americana.
A straggly-haired, be-denimed troubadour who “never walks a straight line”, oh, I can’t go on. It ticks all the boxes and has nothing new to say, a verdict that sadly could be applied to the album as a whole.
It perhaps didn’t help that I was distracted halfway though writing this by a Facebook post which prompted me to watch a Youtube video of Jackie Leven’s “Standing In Another Man’s Rain” after which “From Eagle To Sparrow” all seemed a little, well, unnecessary. One can easily imagine the shortness of the shrift that the late great Leven would have given to it. It’s nice, predictable and dull and makes you wonder if Astrom, who’s released a dozen albums or EPs already, has perhaps run out of steam. Not recommended.