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ZENE - MINDENKI MÁSKÉPP CSINÁLJA

Locomotiv GT

Eclectic Prog


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2 stars The lyrics are more entertaining than the music - provided you understand Hungarian!

The band's first two albums were pretty good, somewhat bluesy Heavy-Prog. By this point though only PRESSER (keys, vocals) remained of the original line-up. The style has changed too. Indeed, there is no longer any clear direction, but Reggae, Pop, Rock, Funk, mournful ballads alternating for no particular reason. Talk about Eclectic! But Prog it isn't.

All members (with markedly different voices) sing, often taking turns within the same tune that can be somewhat amusing. Unfortunately, they are not prone to attempt vocal harmonies together.

They all are skilled musicians who briefly display their talent here and there, but never really release those skills to roam. KARACSONY (guitars, vocals) was previously an excellent performer. Here, he is relegated to the odd fill and his abilities are largely wasted.

Special mention is due to SOMLO (bass, sax, vocals) whose one-of-a-kind, powerful voice is truly amazing. To the point that it's almost worth "enduring" the album just for his lines. His scarce compositions are usually the highlights of any LGT album (here tracks 7 and 9).

The reality is that this band hasn't much to do with Prog and I could have penned these words about just about any of their works. Their relative popularity in Eastern Europe is easy to understand. Back then there were very few local records produced and practically no imports. These rather mediocre LPs were often the only material in circulation, sold at the back of book stores. Ergo, there was little choice and the public just got used to what was on offer.

P.s. I am absolutely intrigued by references to King Crimson, Gentle Giant. Growing up in Hungary, I am rather familiar with LGT, but such comparisons remain a mystery to me. Please, send me a PM and point out the odd track that sounds anything like that.

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Posted Sunday, August 18, 2013 | Review Permalink

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