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BASNIE

Collage

 

Neo-Prog

3.56 | 97 ratings

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The Crow
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3 stars Beautiful, exotic and worthy neo-prog album!

The fact that this album is singed in polish adds extra beauty and a special feeling to this music... Wich is a fine mixture between Marillion, IQ and some Pendragon elements. But they have also a very dinstinctive fact, and this is the beauty and haunting melodies they usually use, giving the impression that you are into a fairytale. For example, in the beginning of Kolysanka and the final whispered melody of Stare Sciezki... This is one of the most special aspects of this band, their constant search of beauty in their music. And they find it in almost every song of the album!

Despite the leader of the band is the drummer Wojtek Szadkowski, among with the guitarist Mirek Gil... The true protagonist of this album (in terms of you can hear...), is the keyboardist Jacek Korceniowski, who makes a great work throuthout the album. Some melodies in Ja i Ty are just great, and so is his solo in Fragmenty. It's a pity this is the only album this man has made with collage, because he was really good...

The rest of the musicians are also very fine... Szadkowski makes a powerful and diverse drummer, while Mirek Gil specially shines in some tracks like Basnie. His playing reminds me a bit to Steve Rothery... And I find the singer Tomer Rozycki very appropiate to this music! His singing is similar to Nick Barrett in tone and feeling, but Tomer is very better in my opinion, while he has all the power and variety that Barrett lacks. A worthy voice, I want to hear him singing together with Mirek Gil in the band Believe! So this album has very good players, for very good music.

Best tracks: Jeszcze jeden dzien (a powerful beginning, with some fantastic vocal melodies...), Basnie (the true jewel of the album... A long track with some great passages, like the great ending) and Stare Sciezki (I just find the ending of the track incredibly beautiful...)

Conclusion: this album is a very worthy purchase for Neo-Prog lovers... Being 100% Neo-Prog, it has some special and dinstictive aspects, like the fact is singed in polish and the haunting fairytale ambient it has... But the most important thing is that almost every song has a high level (except a pair of them...), being the track Basnie a true jewel. Recommended album!

My rating: ***1/2

The Crow | 3/5 |

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