Katatonia - The Longest Year (2010)
This is certainly worth a look for fans of Katatonia. The video clips are decent without really providing anything to enhance the music but the music on display here is all very solid. "The Longest Year" is still the clear highlight & I am sure it's vocal themes will continue to penetrate my brain for quite some time yet. But I enjoyed most of the other material here too with the exception of "Idle Blood (Linje 14)" which is a bit lightweight for my taste. The production is excellent as expected. I see these tracks as growers that will gradually dig their hooks into you. Is it just me or does Jonas Renkse sound an aweful lot like Simon Le Bon (Duran Duran) these days? Maybe that's why I like them so much.