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SBB - Memento Z Banalnym Tryptykiem CD (album) cover




Eclectic Prog

4.26 | 378 ratings

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5 stars Polish Perfection...

Possibly the greatest thing to come out of Eastern Europe, ever.

The Good: If anyone ever asked me to define prog rock I would tell them to listen to this album. It's as symphonic as it is eclectic as it is flawless. Although they regrouped many years later, this was effectively SBB's swan song and talk about leaving the best till last! It was also the first and only to include Slawomir Piwowar in the line-up.

The album opener is absolutely stunning and overflows with energy and ideas whilst remaining more fluent than a lubricated frying pan. The following track is a tale of two, equally good, halves. For the most part its dominated by wonderful acoustic guitar and accompanied by some rather melancholic vocals, but by the end it evolves completely as the electric guitar takes center stage for a truly majestic solo. The third track is a brilliant little instrumental number with a bluesy edge, but sadly it ends almost as soon as it starts. However, all is not lost, because the fourth and final track is simply mindblowing! A sprawling twenty minute epic in a similar vein to their earlier works, and a truly phenomenal composition. There are so many contrasting parts ranging from pompous organs to folky choruses to psychedelic interludes, and yet they all just fit together seamlessly, like some sort of magical jigsaw.

The album closes with the same orchestral passage it opens with, which always leaves me with the desire to go back to the beginning and listen to it all over again.

The Bad: I can never remember how to spell any of the songs.

The Verdict: Banal by name, absolutely bangin' by nature!

Starhammer | 5/5 |


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