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Blue Effect (Modrý Efekt)

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.10 | 97 ratings

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sgtpepper
4 stars Being in 1981 and still cruising high on the progressive rock scene, this is Blue Effect with their sadly last effort. Playing is very proficient, the atmosphere may be less tight and more nostalgic, also more polished than previously. Nevertheless, compositions are as good as on previous 2 albums. With one keyboardist gone, this album has better balance between guitar and keyboards.

All tracks are at least 7 minutes long and symphonic. The first track is surprisingly aggressive in the beginning with raw guitar and constantly changing drums before keyboards become more prominent. When vocals emerge, the sound is already quite radio-friendly, however keyboard soon throws in good synth licks. The melancholic part afterwards is stunning and contrastful to the previous dynamic part. After that, the kind-of first part comes back with another repetition.

"Avignonské slečny z Prahy" has some Banks keyboard echoes and excellent guitar soloing on otherwise moderately paced song.

"Občasná pánská jízda" has an astonishing start with fantastic keyboard chords sequence. A funk/disco drumming part with Moog soloing while layers of background keyboards are present make all keyboard fans feel happy. Throughout the entire composition, the feeling of breaking up and melancholy remains.

The last track could be a metaphore to the ending existence of Blue Effect with its title "the friendship is coming to its end". It is a calm symphonic track with strong vocals. Extended guitar solo increase the heartbeat before the fantastic main motive is repeated. Noteworthy is absolutely rhythmically complex and wild keyboard/guitar section in the middle.

This is a very decent end of this quintessential progressive rock band (at least in the former Soviet block.)

sgtpepper | 4/5 |

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