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MESTO ER

Framus 5

 

Eclectic Prog

4.54 | 16 ratings

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Marty McFly
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Crossover and E&O Teams
5 stars If you're OK with brass orchestra (which helped them to distinct themselves from other bands at the time) combined with top notch Prog music + some jazzy elements (in form of soft electric guitar and sudden slowing down of pace) elements, you will love this record. I wasn't able to write this review for a long time. Too difficult music to capture its essence in words, but I'll have to try sooner or later. Not it's later.

There basically aren't traces of blues anymore. I'm also not sure to compare it with something known in "western" world, it's unique. As with most of Czech albums (ahem, when they weren't doing covers of otherwise un-accessible songs from UK/US bands). When trying to find flaws here, some non progressive elements, I'm almost unable to do so, as there is not much flaws to find.

This album is divided into side-long epic and then 5 shorter tracks + 2 bonuses. Title track Město ER (City ER) is story of crisis about being lonely in a big, desolate city in some kind of utopian/dystopian society. It's lyrical hell, because it's actually interpretation of poems by respected Czech poet Josef Kainar. Musically, it shows one of the best epics ever coming from Czechoslovakia, full of drum, keyboards, guitar solos, having weird, melancholic atmosphere and it's far from being empty track full of nothing. Don't expect repetition, this is highly original work. Whispered parts of lyrics, shouted ones, haunting keyboards (at times), solid drumming backing, very qualite guitar by Lubo? Andr?ť, even Psychedelic elements to be found here.

The rest of album isn't as good. How could it be in the shadow of this. But they're not dull, even not as good, they are trying to fight for their place on the sun

5(-), almost.

Marty McFly | 5/5 |

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