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Crossover Prog

4.21 | 110 ratings

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Andrea Cortese
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5 stars This is one of the most exciting discoveries in the last years. Being 1978, this album is far from being experimental but... well, it's fantastic, pure, rough (rough as a rough diamond), aggressive, sad, poetic, dramatic, anguishing, melodic, sensual, hard, intelligent, intense, deep, obscure, sweet, relaxing, pastoral sometimes... in few words:


Of the ingredients above, sadness is the most important, musically, Sadness and poetry.

"Modra Rijeka", english for "Blue River", is based upon the self titled real cicle of poems and partially is based upon recitative parts, as in the opening move and in "Zapis o Zemlij".

Sound is a real joy, featuring, above all, impressive work on bass guitar, acoustic guitar, classic piano, hammond organ and moog soloing (sometimes duets and "battles") as you hear in the song "Blago" and in the extended track "More" (11,20 mns) and even in "More II" (4,19).

All instruments are definitely masterfully balanced. Attention! This is not a keyboard based album, it's more a mix between heavy and symphonic prog with that "GRANDEUR" that only comes from the masterworks. Great, great work on acoustic guitar. Passion, passion, friends. This is music I want to listen to.

And you, listen to me: "More", please. What a big, big, huge impression caused to me this song! Wonderful and aggressive bass guitar solo and duet within a superb acoustic guitar!!

I repeat: listen to "More", please. What a big, big, huge impression caused to me this one!

The album is a real gem, a must have for any good prog lover, especially for those who like symphonic and heavy prog. A very inspired yugoslavian band with attention to their own original mood.

The album is at the same level of other big opus: it has also its own "Lucky Man": the beautiful, melodic, sad and joyful "Slovo o Covjeku".

I see that my english cannot really give you the idea of what I've found in Modra Rijeka. Please, pay attention to internet where you can find this wonderful album. The best from Yugoslavia. On the top 5 of my entire discography.

Andrea Cortese | 5/5 |


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