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Josipa Lisac


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Josipa Lisac is all-times Croatian rock diva, and her debut is probably the best Croatian rock album ever (along with HAUSTOR's "Treci Svijet"). And when a best rock album from one country easily fits under the progressive rock blanket, that is really something to write home about!

This is conceptual - or at least thematic album. "Dnevnik Jedne Ljubavi" means "The Diary Of One Love" and it is indeed a diary, a set of songs connected to each other, all touching the subject of love and relationship, varying from acoustic ballads to furious jazz-rock stampedos.

There is no weak song on the album. All the songs are filled with EMOTIONS, the most important aspect of Josipa's career. Some of them are really mellow, utilising a lovely and relatively simply pattern on acoustic guitar as a guidance, ornamenting the lyrics sung by Lisac - a best thing that could happen to lyrics, and some of the melodies are occasionally transformed into a gorgeous theme played by brass section, or something else. The songs are floating one into each other from furious 7/8 hard rock guitar licks to beautiful moments blessed by flute surrounded by percussive Hammond, or simple yet powerful jazzy bass line. If I mention that Josipa's backing band was prog band TIME, who were at their peak of popularity (and creativity!), there is not much more to add.

If a listener is unfamiliar with the language, (s)he will miss lots of charm and appeal, and of course the story...but the Josipa's unique voice is here and it can't be overlooked by anyone. As for the instrumentation, try to imagine the most beautiful moments of brass-rock (let's say BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS), with with furious, top-notch jazz-rock bordering heavy rock, brave Hammond soloing, all that underlined with beauty typical for Italian progressive rock.

I said there is no weak song on the entire album; and I must correct myself: there is no average song on it.

This is pure joy and celebration of life itself.

clarke2001 | 5/5 |


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