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Yezda Urfa


Eclectic Prog

4.17 | 323 ratings

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3 stars I was listening to 'Boris' the other day. It's quite a good album, especially considering that this is virtually unheard of.

In fact on the album 'Boris' the band 'Yezda Urfa' play complex prog that is highly pleasing and expertly performed. They also vary things up a bit; you don't only get the organ/synths and guitars, the chord changes and interesting time signatures, there is also some medieval music thrown in. On the first song, they do play a Clavinet, or at least a synthesiser that sounds a lot like a Clavinet.

On the down sides the vocals are poor at times it's virtually impossible to understand what's being said without having to refer to the lyrics sheet. The singers are good but how the lyrics might mesh with the music isn't always executed well.

Also, the band make no attempt at writing that is catchy or memorable. Well if that's essential is progressive rock or not is debatable. It seems a lot of bands have an escape route, if they can't write decent hooks, call it 'prog'.

Also they aren't really trying to carve out their own place in music history, rather just 'joining in' with the prog crowd at the time.

But at least I can appreciate that it was hard for an American Band to achieve this at that time, with the record companies attitude in mind. Still their dedication to their art has paid off, having earned a lot of high marks with the progressive rock community, some 35 years after this was released. This album sometimes shows up on the top 100 on progarchives now and then so good on them.

It's definitely a good prog record with some excellent inspired instrumental music, and lets face it, that's the main ingredient for progressive rock.

Brendan | 3/5 |


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