Some albums are so HUGE it's nearly impossible to write about them. They may cause a mental block, or put you in a hyperbolic loop when you try to explain their greatness.
There's no way I can remove ”II” from my personal context, and I can't perceive it in any objective way. Well of course I can share discographical and biographical facts, but they are just that, facts. I could state the obvious and mention it was the first album where Kebnekaise ventured in to the rich heritage of traditional Swedish folk music after the curious but interesting debut album ”Resa mot okänt mål” which began life as guitarist par execellence Kenny Håkansson's solo album. I could tell you that ”Rättvikarnas gånglåt” features vocals from famed singer/songwriter and progg chanteuse Turid but that the album's mainly instrumental and founded on the free-spirited but incredibly focused interplay between the large number of players – nine in total not counting guest performer Turid, and that all of them – drummer Pelle Ekman, fiddler Mats Glenngård, bass player formerly member of pop band Tages Göran Lagberg, et al – are excellent musicians in their own right. I could also tell you of the origins of the band, the pre-history including heavy psych outfit Mecki Mark Men. But let's be honest: None of that is really relevant to the experience of the album as an entity. It's like the chemistry classes in school, who cared about what caused the chemical reactions leading up to a loud BANG! when the BANG! itself was the real thrill? Not I. And ”II” goes BANG! each time I play it. Each and every single time, with such a magnitude that it would be a bizarre act of self-denial not proclaiming it the best progg album ever made.