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3 stars Could do with some Vitamin B, perhaps?

Working my way through the band's studio discography, I can hardly wait to get to the more satisfying live releases. But first things first and then - hopefully - time for a massive helping of "dessert".

"The Rock" is another hybrid of mismathing styles, the band has become prone to in recent years. Largely enjoyable, but rather fragmented.

Starting off with a big bang, a heavy riff that would to justice to Black Sabbath, followed by a pleasant Rock ballad. Then the band remembers of their origins and does a nice instrumental run - for a change. So far so good.

Then another reasonable Rock ballad before a painfully melancholic noodling that sounds like Bob Dylan on sedatives. Back to another ballad territory and by this point the wailing, whining guitar prevalent throughout the album reaches the threshold of irritation.

Arabic.Balkan inspired singing then culminates in an enjoyable Moog run before yet another ballad accompanied by organ and more wailing guitar. With different orchestration this piece could have been turned into a memorable one.

"Zug A Zene" is a straight Rock tune with a catchy chorus line where Tamas SOMLO is guesting on vocals. SOMLO was part of early OMEGA, then a circus performer before joining LOCOMOTIV GT on sax, bass, vocals and occasional stilt walking on stage. He has a unique, powerful and truly exceptional voice, unfortunately he didn't make good use of that here.

The bonus tracks are just a bit of lightweight fooling around. Indeed, the entire album represents of just having some fun and perhaps not meant to be taken too seriously? It doesn't really go beyond 3 star category - if at all.

BORA | 3/5 |


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