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ROZ VITALIS

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ROZ VITALIS was created by composer and keyboardist Ivan Rozmainsky in 2001. Primarily it was one-man band. In 2003 ROZ VITALIS had become trio and included also Nadezhda Regentova (keyboards, voices) and Vladimir Polyakov (keyboards). In 2005 line-up experiences expansion. Now the band includes also Klara Metelkova (flutes, harmonica, vocals) and Yuri Verba (clarinet). Style of ROZ VITALIS is RIO/Avant-Prog/Symphonic Prog/Psychedelic/Space Rock. The main influences are LE ORME, GENTLE GIANT, KING CRIMSON, YES, ELP, SUPERSISTER, JETHRO TULL, DEPECHE MODE, AFTER CRYING. Music of the band was compared by prog-reviewers with GENTLE GIANT, UNIVERS ZERO, BRIAN HIRSCH, KING CRIMSON, TRIUMVIRAT, KRAFTWERK etc. In short, music of ROZ VITALIS can remind KING CRIMSON and GENTLE GIANT, but is keyboard-based, with rare female voices and electronic drums. It is "chamber electronic prog" rather than "rockish music".

The best recordings are the following. "Lazarus" (2003) - RIO with ethno and electronic elements. see reviews at www.progressiveears.com & www.proglands.com ; "Das Licht Der Menschen" (2004) - concept album including three 20-28-minute epics devoted to the "theological idea of Trinity". It is very polyphonic album, difficult for listening. "Enigmarden" (2005) - almost instrumental prog-music with flutes and clarinet solos. EP-albums "Painsadist" (2003) and "The Threesunny Light Power" (2004) also can be recommended. More early albums are characterized by low quality of recording. All albums are self-released ones.


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3.10 | 11 ratings
L'Ascensione
2002
2.52 | 9 ratings
Lazarus
2003
4.13 | 7 ratings
Das Licht Der Menschen
2004
2.68 | 12 ratings
Enigmarden
2005
3.64 | 14 ratings
Compassionizer
2007
3.91 | 20 ratings
Revelator
2011
3.95 | 29 ratings
Patience of Hope
2012
3.70 | 9 ratings
Overcoming-Up
2014
3.88 | 64 ratings
Lavoro D'Amore
2015

ROZ VITALIS Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

5.00 | 4 ratings
Live Autumn '05 In The Ad Lucem Studio
2005
4.13 | 5 ratings
Live At Mezzo Forte, Moscow, September'09
2009
4.00 | 3 ratings
Live in Kirishi
2016

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4.33 | 6 ratings
Lazarus Abridged
2009
3.00 | 3 ratings
The Selected Of Enigmarden
2015

ROZ VITALIS Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

0.00 | 0 ratings
Excerpts from Early Demo Recordings 2001
2001
3.18 | 2 ratings
Painsadist
2003
3.09 | 2 ratings
The Threesunny Light Power
2004
5.00 | 1 ratings
Live At ESG-21, February 13th 2010
2010
5.00 | 2 ratings
Beyond the Limits of Spring. Live at Kitayskiy Letchik Jao Da, May 10th 2011
2011
5.00 | 2 ratings
Live Summer 2012
2012
4.09 | 3 ratings
Live At Saint Peter Prog Fest #5
2013
5.00 | 2 ratings
Live 2013-08-31 + Bonus
2014
4.00 | 3 ratings
Live 14-11-14
2015

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 Lavoro D'Amore by ROZ VITALIS album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.88 | 64 ratings

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Lavoro D'Amore
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by sukmytoe

4 stars I was asked to do a review of this album and at first hesitated at the thought of doing so as essentially I'm not a fan of instrument only albums, further than that the rio / avant genre of prog music is not one that overly appeals to me. Essentially I am a neo prog, symphonic prog and prog metal guy who enjoys a harder edge to his music than is to be found in the rio avant spectrum.

Having said that I must say that this music appealed to me. Through a few of the tracks I found myself waiting for Andy Latimer to let loose one of his ear blisteringly beautiful lead solos but that of course didn't happen as this isn't Camel but the music at times powerfully reminded me of that now legendary band - especially of Camel's Snowgoose, Nude era. The Camel reminder was not a bad thing for me to find here, in this album, as it means that it held my attention.

On at least one occasion I was reminded of early Pink Floyd and I also heard an early Mike Oldfield influence throughout much of this album.

There is a lot of melody throughout this work and I am definitely a fan of melody. There are no instrument histrionics and there is nothing that speaks instrument virtuoso but the music is tight, melodious and enjoyable and I did find myself disappointed when the album ended as I was wanting more of it.

So, working through the negatives being that my listening preferences don't lead me in the direction of this style of music and that there isn't the drama here that I seek in music I did find this very enjoyable, very well and tightly performed and I'm not beyond adding the Roz Vitalis discography to my collection (after this listen) so that I needn't be disappointed when the music on the album ends and leaves me hankering for a bit more of this bands direction. A solid four stars from me for surprising me and for being, not sublime but, really damn good.

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 L'Ascensione by ROZ VITALIS album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.10 | 11 ratings

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L'Ascensione
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

3 stars Ah, the beginning. A place where artists are naked and idealistic. They are willing to go anywhere they want and do exactly what they want. Well, independent artists, of course. Exactly is the case of ROZ VITALIS on the debut L'ASCENSIONE (Italian for 'The Ascension'). This is a concept album about spiritual ascension and an early glimpse of a love of Italian album titles! There are many Biblical themes such as track 2, "From Heaven And Earth from St Mark 9: 5-18 that tells the story of Jesus and his disciples after transfiguration and wends and winds its way to complete "Repetence" at the end. Personally i find this interesting music but lose the concept as it is almost entirely instrumental and has a clearly all-over-the-friggin-map type of approach of symphonic leaning prog that is simultaneously brilliant and a little lackluster. The band has come a long way since then but it began as the whim of main musical man Ivan Rozmainsky. He's even got 'main' in his name!!! Well, maybe not in the native Cyrillic alphabet.

If you like keyboards then this is keyboard heaven. This is a nascent album bringing ideas to fruition through the technology and means of the time and place. I would place this release more into a progressive electronic category than anything else. It sounds like it was totally recorded on synthesizers and according to the info about it, it was, so just don't expect a slick mature product resembling albums like "Lavoro D'Amore" on board. This is the primeval ooze of an artist's beginnings where things are messy, passionate and uncompromising. L'ASCENSIONE is just that. It may be very amateur in many ways but it definitely displays an artist and his passion to bring his musical ideas into the world.

The music at this stage is quite experimental. Although this is primarily an instrumental album, there are strange vocal accompaniments, weird synthetic sound parades and lots of outbursts of progressive elements such as time sigs gone wild and a dark ambient type of atmosphere that persist throughout the entire album. If you think it sounds homemade that is because it is. This St. Petersburg musical entity has managed to put its ideas into musical form and created an interesting collage of ideas and find themselves venturing all over the place. The one constant is that it has a classically induced melodic influence and lots of synthesized timbres and tones to interrupt any pre-conceived expectations.

Although this may only appeal to fans of the band (of which i am one) there are many cool things going on even on this debut that will hook and reel the listener into the ROZ VITALIS fan club. Despite the instrumentation on board being on a limited budget, the production is excellent. The main downfall is simply the lack of timbres and sounds on board as well as album flow of ideas and how to manage them. As a disparate flow of nascent origins, however, this is rather interesting for progressive listeners. It has a crapload of classical meanderings with electronic experimental procedures. Unfortunately there is really no rock here at all. This is simply ideas executed on synthesizers but those ideas are quite interesting if you have the ability to discern the offerings. Not as brilliant as later releases but a wonderful debut and output of idiosyncrasies.

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 Live in Kirishi by ROZ VITALIS album cover Live, 2016
4.00 | 3 ratings

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Live in Kirishi
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl Team

4 stars Another live album from the St.Petersburg band Roz Vitalis. One thing I really like of their live albums is that there's very few or no post-production. The tracks sound as they should have sounded, and because I don't have the possibility to go to Russia for one of their gigs, I'm happy enough with their lives.

Roz Vitalis is one of the few avant band that can be liked also by who is not usually into this wide subgenre. They are sometimes symphonic, psychedelic, melodic, so that the few noisy or experimental moments can have their places without causing the listeners to run away.

In particular, this live comprehends mainly tracks from their last studio alblum "Lavoro D'Amore", plus one previously unreleased. The trumpet of Alexey Gorshkov takes the lead for almost all the album and fits very well in the compositions which are mainly work of the keyboardist Ivan Rozmainsky.

This album has also some folky moments. The opener "il Vento Ritorna" has a medieval-celtic flavor. If it wasn't for the guitar which is almost funky, it could guest the voice of Angelo Branduardi. All the tracks are instrumental and the mood is quite relaxed. Good for a travel by car I'd say, also when the guitar becomes distorted and the drums take the scene.

The whole album, including the bonus track, scores about 30 minutes only and the longest track just a bit more than 6. It's a "name your price" bandcamp release, but it's available also as physical CD for about 10 bucks. Relax and enjoy.

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 Lavoro D'Amore by ROZ VITALIS album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.88 | 64 ratings

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Lavoro D'Amore
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by LearsFool
Collaborator Post/Math Rock Team

5 stars Ivan Rozmainsky's band Roz Vitalis has been churning out great albums of prog folk, chamber rock, and symph prog with amazing regularity since its forming in 2001 as a one man project, but now the band has gotten around to releasing something exceptionally marvelous. Built around a cascade of beautiful chamber minded prog folk driven by pretty flutes and piano, the album works its way through lush soundscapes towards sections of energetic symphonic rock that hold up the centre of the work. In an unexpected turn, it is the rock tracks that are the real treat of the record, being powerful and gripping affairs with penultimate track and consensus favourite "What Are You Thinking About?" sounding like a live cut by Pink Floyd or '70's era King Crimson. The folk sections, though, maintain a brilliance and enjoyability that held my attention from note one. Altogether, it's a very beautiful and eclectic work from beginning to end.

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 Patience of Hope by ROZ VITALIS album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.95 | 29 ratings

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Patience of Hope
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

4 stars Having been impressed with 'Revelator' i'm going directly to the followup and seventh album by ROZ VITALIS - PATIENCE OF HOPE which continues the symphonic take on classical music hooks turned avant-prog. This is another beautiful mix of different styles of Ivan Rozmainsky's classical keyboard hooks, folk styles and instrumentations and this one unlike other albums has a healthy dose of rock elements such as lead guitar solos and more substantial percussion at times. Once again this is an all instrumental album with no vocals to be heard.

This album is just filled with beautiful melodies that weave around each other creating a pleasant progressive tapestry of sound. While the keyboard hooks are the main element on many ROZ VITALIS albums that i've heard this one has a much more eclectic mix of sounds. On board is the usual rock instrumentation of guitars, keyboards, bass and drums however there is an army of guest musicians and instruments on board. On PATIENCE OF HOPE we get cellos, clarinets, bassoon, trumpet, flugelhorn, sax, flutes, harp, metallophone, accordion and sounds from one of the oldest Russian instruments known, the gusli which is a multi-stringed plucked instrument derived from the ancient lyre.

With all these sounds on board you would think there to be too many chefs in the kitchen and that it would all collapse by the sheer weight of the players but all these sounds are scattered randomly throughout the album. The focus of a main melody takes flight from usually one or two of the aforementioned instruments and other instruments slowly weave into the sound providing harmony, counterpoint and symphonic effects. The composition style is still very firmly rooted in Western Classical tradition but the style often points more to symphonic prog, progressive folk of the Slavic traditions and avant-prog with the odd timings and Rock In Oppisition elements that pop in from time to time. There are also jazz-fusion interludes adding even more complexity at times. All tracks are logical and free flowing providing atmosphere with subtle technical workouts being common place but never the focal point.

This one took more listens than the others i've heard as it is more complex with many more elements woven together to create a satisfying experience that becomes more apparent upon each new listen. I am happy to be giving another album by ROZ VITALIS a very well-deserved 4 stars for i have yet not been disappointed by a single release of theirs although this is only the fourth album i've heard. It certainly will not be the last. This band is one of those under-the-radar bands for me that has unfurled its magic and now i've fully caught the bug. Great stuff. Highly recommended.

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 Revelator by ROZ VITALIS album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.91 | 20 ratings

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Revelator
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

4 stars Moving on to the sixth album by ROZ VITALIS after really digging "Compassionizer" and "Lavoro D'Amore". REVELATOR finds the band continuing to utilize their own unique style of using classically inspired keyboard music while adding all kinds of interesting additional layers of percussion, woodwind instruments, progressive electronic, strings and horns as the icings on the cake. As with the other albums i've heard REVELATOR is in the same vein however this band is very masterful in keeping a different feel for each album as not to sound like they're just repeating things and going through the motions.

REVELATOR seems to rely a bit less on the classical elements and has more of a folky flavor all the while adding the touches of avant- prog quirkiness to the mix. It is all instrumental like the other albums i've heard. The music has a kind of tug-of-war effect between an enthusiastic happy feeling and a dark somber depressant. Once the melodies hook you and reel you in then starts all the stranger elements. As with the other albums this is one that ratchets up the differences and never slaps you in the face. Once the hooks are in place then comes the slight time sig changes, electronic embellishments, occasional flute and horn runs and shuffling of expected roles in instrumental behavior.

It's always hard to convey unique music in linear written language, especially music that is as eclectic as this. Suffice it to say this qualifies as a form of avant-prog for its quirkiness but it is also very symphonic in its sound as Ivan Rozmainsky's keyboards dominate the overall sound pretty much for the entire run while other instruments which include cello, flute, shakuhachi, viola, bassoon, trumpet and flugelhorn interpolate their respective timbres intermittently into the nooks and crannies of the melodic procession that hops from one track to the next. The tracks are all fairly distinct and the keyboard parts sometimes completely drop out to let in segments that sound very avant-garde but no matter how weird things get they are always resolved as to make a pleasant listen that isn't too out there for the listener.

What can i say? ROZ VITALIS may be one of the biggest surprises for me of the last year. It's rather innocuous to take in upon first listen but just quirky enough to take you on a wild ride in ways that seem logical yet totally unexpected and keeping me wanting to hear more, so without further ado i will check out yet another album. Very cool stuff.

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 Compassionizer by ROZ VITALIS album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.64 | 14 ratings

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Compassionizer
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
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4 stars After having fallen for the ninth album of ROZ VITALIS "Lavoro D'Amore" and their unique style of progressive rock that combines classical music hooks with experimental sound structures and Slavic folk, i was very eager to delve into the band's discography to see if any of their other albums keep my interest like that one did. I'm happy to say that i have accumulated another three earlier albums of this band and am happy to report that they are indeed as entertaining. Diving in randomly i ended up with their 5th album COMPASSIONIZER first.

What i love about Russian prog bands such as ROZ VITALIS is they more often than not have a firm grasp of classical music as well as Eastern Europeon folk and find the cleverest ways to incorporate those styles together in their music. Such was the case with "Lavoro D'Amore" and so too it is with COMPASSIONIZER. What i love about main man Ivan Rozmainsky is how in his song structure developments uses catchy hooks in the Western classical music tradition to draw the listener in and then use a whole arsenal of sounds ranging from bells, wind instruments such as clarinets, flutes and recorders and other sound effects to create a smorgasbord of interesting layers of sound.

On the very first track "Tragic Fate" we get some nice keyboard runs that meld with bells and other percussive sounds and builds layers until we get to a progressive frenzy with time sig changes at the speed of light. After it reaches it's peak it drops back to the beautiful piano hooks, so in effect the journey is somewhat logical in its delivery but the scenery on the way is most unexpected and woven together in most unorthodox ways.

While this music is generally placed in the avant-prog category it is unlike most music you would expect in that musical world. While most RIO and avant-prog is dissonant and other worldly in its song structure, ROZ VITALIS seems to prefer that a strong melodic theme dominates their stomp through the musical pasture upon which they gallop freely. This is what makes their music quite accessible from the first listen but the fundamentals of the avant-prog world still remain here albeit scattered about in a different manner than most and what i would call a rather avant-symphonic veneer to their overall sound. In other words the melodic keyboards are the anchor into the melodic world that allow the electronic, percussion and wind instruments to go wild around, therefore i could equally qualify this music as being space rock as well as symphonic prog and in the long run would call melodic eclectic prog.

While the music can get wild at times it for the most part remains steady and calculative with sounds slowly creeping in and gaining strength before usurping control for a brief moment. The ratcheting up effect is subtle and effective and there is rarely anything that just jumps out of the woodwork and slaps you in the face. Probably the most avant-garde of the lot is the odd drumming styles that add counterpoints to the melodies. While some artists are simply happy to keep the beat, ROZ VITALIS excels at keeping the percussion a major part of the dynamics that change it up frequently to add an additional zesty layer of rhythm and syncopation.

I've definitely fallen for this band's sound. It is utterly unique in the musical universe, at least the parts i've yet explored. I'm very happy to have found a band that satisfies different musical aspects such as the avant tendencies i gravitate towards all the while dishing out some of the tastiest melodic developments that accompany all the tones and rhythms that seem to be placed perfectly together for the proper effect. Great stuff.

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 Patience of Hope by ROZ VITALIS album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.95 | 29 ratings

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Patience of Hope
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Naida Regent

5 stars I hear a voice from a beautiful Canterbury far-away... It plunged me into memories of seemingly unlike each other things - 1) of course, the bands of "Canterbury periods", and 2) music of the Soviet time - for films, tales, etc. Now then - it would seem evident - Russia and England are similar in spontaneously natural musical feeling. This is even so. I hope that this experience will not be lost, and we will hear its numerous incarnations further - everywhere. The album abounds in "natural", that is, sounds-of-nature-imitating instruments. There are not only classical "multi-orchestral" opuses, but also sounds of raindrops, knock of twigs on roof, and other spontaneously planetary sonorities. As well as we can hear typical for this group "entries" into the other countries, for example, Japan (tracks 3 and 4), England (tracks 7 - 9), Spain, etc. And that is good! Requests - I would like to hear more depth and precision of each instrument's sound. In all other respects, Patience of Hope (my nickname Naida almost implies Hope in Russian) has been satisfied. I rate 5, first of all, for "primary nature" of the stuff.

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 Lavoro D'Amore by ROZ VITALIS album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.88 | 64 ratings

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Lavoro D'Amore
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Naida Regent

4 stars Gather harvest from fertile cornfield! Let do flutes and trumpets sound! The album suggests just these ideas. On the cornfields of progressive rock - so far - there is an abundance of both yield gathered from past harvests and new richly ear-forming implantations. There are comparisons with both Steven Wilson and Van Der Graaf Generator, but, if they would be Slavic tribes and meet bright Yarilo-sunrise. The first part of the album - including 5th track - reflects it with all moods of joys and sorrows in days of old. Starting with 6th composition Christian outlook prevails over. Thinking about the meaning of life - listen to track 10 - is the very explicit validation of it. The brief description of songs according to their mood: Track 1: urge towards the cognizance of the world. Track 2: rest from vain world. Track 3: pure psychedelia. Tracks 4-6: medieval epos. Track 7: Renaissance era. Track 8: thoughtful Russian field. Tracks 9-11: the conclusion is that you have cognized the world nevertheless - to the ingratiating sounds of hearts of every instrument sounding here. It is not enough nevertheless. To be continued...

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 Lavoro D'Amore by ROZ VITALIS album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.88 | 64 ratings

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Lavoro D'Amore
Roz Vitalis RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

4 stars ROZ VITALIS is a band i've never heard before their ninth album LAVORO D'AMORE (Work Of Love). Despite the Italian album title, this is a Russian band that is from St. Petersburg. Although this band's music is placed in the avant-prog section, this particular album doesn't seem like it belongs there at all. This is some kind of classical composition music that merges with art rock, art folk and symphonic prog. The result of this hybrid style is very pleasant and well composed music that has its main focus on the melodies that instantly hook you and sink their teeth into your ears. I was surprised when i put this on just how melodic it is and how much i love listening to it again and again.

This album starts out very folky with a beautiful flute line that begins 'The Acknowledgement Day'. Not exactly Ian Anderson but more like a Focus inspired Thijs van Leer sound but not a mere copycat or anything, simply in the mood producing department. The sound jumps into a more aggressive one with guitars and a heavy rockin' groove. The second track which is the title track is a more subdued affair. It is a beautiful melodic slow burner that is guitar oriented and melodically pleasing (as are all of them!) This is an album of subtle differences. Basically the main focus is on pleasing melodic compositions which basically every track succeeds in. There is a light to occasionally heavy rock approach but the flute, trumpet, ukelele and various keyboard effects really add some eclecticness to the whole thing. BTW this is an entirely instrumental album that will surely appeal to retro proggers who long for that good old melodic type of prog from the 70s but will find there is plenty to bring this into the modern day.

Personally i'm not really sure why other reviewers are so against the production and mixing of this album. It's those qualities that give this album a unique sound and i actually really love the production and mixing effects here. It totally adds a layer on the sound effects that the instruments can't achieve on their own. Maybe i'm just a warped individual who loves brashness and daring bold new experimental procedures but i'm not afraid to call an experiment a failure if the final result warrants such critique. In the case of LAVORO D'AMORE i find i really, really dig the whole enchilada: the musical compositions, the production, the delivery etc. Why not 5 stars? Towards the end the album seems to sag. Not that the tracks are bad but because the formula seems to run out of gas. Still though, i really have been enjoying this album on multiple listens and once i put it on i have to let it run its entirety. Not a bad thing for a music addict!

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