Mikael Akerfeldt
Clark (Soundtrack from the Netflix series)


4.0
excellent

Review

by Benjamin Kuettel EMERITUS
October 17th, 2022 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The debut solo album of Opeth’s frontman is an expectedly eclectic soundtrack, and the best project he’s been part of since Storm Corrosion.

It was only a matter of time before the beloved progressive rock and metal singer/songwriter Mikael Åkerfeldt would go solo, now over three decades since his career began. Opeth went through an incredible musical evolution in that time, and their controversial-with-fans recent work has been on the more eclectic and retro sounding side of prog rock. It’s fitting then that for his solo venture, Åkerfeldt scores a 1970s true crime political drama Netflix series centered on Swedish gangster Clark Olofsson. The soundtrack thankfully holds up and functions as a highly entertaining album for pure listening in its own right. The sheer versatility and genre-bending is astounding, as pieces will gracefully transition between psychedelic rock, pastoral folk, bluesy classic rock, and brief jazzy interludes. Tracks 6-15 in particular flow together very well.

While the newer Opeth material is great, it sometimes became wonky and unwieldy at times. Clark however is fully focused, perhaps due to the sheer number of mostly instrumental songs and short run times for each one. Vocals are infrequent, only coming up at the end with some of the more rocking songs, I assume for the finale of the series. While this likely won’t convert those who long for the older glory days of Opeth, Clark is a notably strong release that represents the best elements of Åkerfeldt’s more recent songwriting inclinations. While waiting for the next Opeth release, this solo effort holds up as an excellent album that allowed him to explore all the colorful musical indulgences he wanted, to glorious effect.



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TalonsOfFire
Emeritus
October 17th 2022


20969 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Released in May and been slept on around here, this review should hopefully give it more visibility.

Kusangii
October 17th 2022


6728 Comments


Oh boy

Nikkolae
October 17th 2022


6701 Comments


what is this and why have i not heard of it until now?

Kusangii
October 17th 2022


6728 Comments


I'd probably fall asleep if I listened to this

Trifolium
October 18th 2022


39238 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks for reviewing and bumping this in our collective minds. Still need to check this, keep forgetting...

TalonsOfFire
Emeritus
October 18th 2022


20969 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Ya I'd say a must-listen for Opeth fans who're ok with their recent direction.

Trifolium
December 7th 2022


39238 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Finally checking this one. Oof, it's been widely ignored I see!

TalonsOfFire
Emeritus
December 7th 2022


20969 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yeah, it's so good and underrated. Bump that rating up! Tracks 4-15, 17-19, 22-24, and 27-28 is some of the best stuff Mikael has made since classic Opeth imo.

Trifolium
December 7th 2022


39238 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

There indeed were lovely bits here, but I felt this as a record is a bit much. I would have liked the lovely bits being longer and some of the less interesting stuff being omitted.



It almost feels like a collection of snippets now, which I guess it kind of is.

TalonsOfFire
Emeritus
January 25th 2024


20969 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Still enjoy throwing this on sometimes, prefer to the last three Opeths tbh



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