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Blue Effect (Modrư Efekt)


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.10 | 97 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars Well BLUE EFFECT certainly didn't go out with a wimper with this their final album released in 1981. The vocals aren't easy on the ears, well with the Czech language and shouting styled vocals i'd say they aren't for the faint of heart but i'm used to them. Instrumentally this is quite treat for the ears with Radim back on guitar and as usual he is outstanding. A fair amount of synths and fantastic drumming rounds out the most prominant sounds.

We get four long tracks beginning with "Triatricet". It starts with an intense and somewhat strange intro before the vocals arrive a minute in but they are brief. Drums and a full sound take over after 1 1/2 minutes. Powerful stuff. Vocals are back around 4 1/2 minutes. It settles back into an instrumental mode before 6 1/2 minutes as tasteful guitar and crisp drums lead. Vocals are back 9 1/2 minutes in then back to the intrumental music a minute later as contrasts continue. "Avignonske Slecny Z Prahy" features relaxed guitar as the synths join in then reserved vocals. It's fuller after a minute. I like this. The guitar sounds amazing after 2 minutes when the vocals stop. They are back though a minute later but not for long as the guitar starts to light it up. It settles back again 4 1/2 minutes in like the intro as themes are repeated.

"Obcasna Panska Jizda" has a powerful intro that is replaced with atmosphere and guitar. A beat joins in. It picks up after 3 minutes then settles with vocals 4 1/2 minutes in. The guitar solo before 7 1/2 minutes is incredible. Vocals are back after 8 1/2 minutes but the guitar continues to impress until 9 1/2 minutes in. "Kohoutek Kamaradstvi Odkapava" opens with the guitar ripping it up right away until we get a calm before a minute along with reserved vocals. It kicks in again after 1 1/2 minutes as the vocals turn more passionate. Vocals stop before 2 1/2 minutes as the guitar solos and drums pound. Nice. It settles 4 1/2 minutes in then kicks back in at 5 minutes and they are killing it. A calm with vocals before 6 1/2 minutes but then it starts to build.

A solid 4 stars and a great way to end the band's legacy.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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