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The Soundtrack Of Our Lives Gets Cosmic

The Soundtrack Of Our Lives Gets Cosmic

the ego delusion

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Friday's Pick

  • Song: "The Ego Delusion"
  • Artist: The Soundtrack of Our Lives
  • CD: Communion
  • Genre: Rock
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In "The Ego Delusion," The Soundtrack of Our Lives attempts to become one with the universe. Fredrik Wennerlund hide caption

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The Soundtrack of Our Lives' newest album, the two-disc Communion, has been dubbed a concept album, but don't be fooled: Its songs work just fine on their own. Communion may explore big ideas — cosmic ideas, in fact — but the Swedish band doesn't need an entire record to get a point across.

Anchored by an unwavering drumbeat that staggers along as if it has a sprocket loose, "The Ego Delusion" nonetheless has little intention of unsettling those within earshot. With a bass line as steady and inertial as an oil derrick and guitars that drop onto the song like flickering rays of warm sunlight, the song unfolds into one shivering, shimmering whole.

Against this backdrop, Ebbot Lundberg sings of the obstacle-strewn road to casting off existential immaturity, with a lyrical wink at The Beatles' "Help!" But where John Lennon was admitting his own vulnerability, Lundberg embraces a more thorough surrender of self, watching as the scales of reality fall from his eyes in his efforts to be subsumed into the entirety of existence. His attempts to become one with the universe may seem ponderous and silly, but that moment of spiritual epiphany gives "The Ego Delusion" an ecstasy that's hard to deny, even if The Soundtrack of Our Lives hasn't quite figured out how to make it permanent yet.

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