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Laza I Ipe


Symphonic Prog

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3 stars The background of this album is already given in LAZA I IPE biography, so here are few more details on the music material.

"Noc u paklu" (The Night in Hell) opens with synth sequence not much different from the WHO's "Won't Get Fooled Again" while guitar brings in some "Pinball Wizard" spice. The song has a potential of a hit, despite the obvious plagi... ahem influence :) and why it failed to achieve that status is explained in the bio story. There is some nice Ipe's drumming and Laza's keyboards, plus Stefanovski's effective solo at the end. But, Kovacevic's vocal is not appropriate to the sound.

"Ko sam ja" (Who Am I) introduces Ipe's sister Gordana as singer. Vangelis-like synths create an easy atmosphere where female vocals fits nicely. Organ and drums bring the "symphonic" bridge, while the rest is filled with piano chords and is done in a ballad style with several tempo changes. There is some RENNAISSANCE resemblance.

Instrumental "Intro-mental" is easily the best moment on the album. This track carries the best legacy of GENESIS sound of the "Trick of a Tail"/"Wind and Wuthering" period. Unlike "Noc u paklu", this is more originally and fully developed in spite of style similarity. Laza's synths and piano are brilliant, while Ipe gives his best in emulating the Collins signature odd time drumming! Excellent.

In "Poslije svega" (After All) Gordana tries hard to give her best but arrangement is not set for her vocals. There are Hammond and Mellotron in here, unfortunately they are quite misused.

"Top hit lista" is a horrible rock'n'roll track with stupedist lyrics, perhaps an outtake of some old BIJELO DUGME "shephard's rock" meditation.

The closing "Ljubav" (Love) starts nicely with piano and acoustic guitar, while Gordana sings a ballad of love. Stefanovski plays some manodlin-like sounds. The chorus is alas quite boring syrup with dumb lyrics "we are all of the same mother and father/let the blood be sacred". Come on, give me a break! :(

In spite of obvious flaws, "Stizemo" (We Are Coming) is actually quite interesting . While not exactly an excellent effort, it has enough quality to be recommended, especially to the fans of symphonic prog, because it is really a rare Yugoslavian record that follows the prescribed pattern of that sub-genre.

Seyo | 3/5 |


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