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CRNA DAMA [AKA: BLACK LADY]

Smak

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.30 | 59 ratings

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GKR
5 stars Second time in Smak' world. Second album. And what a album!

Bands that shows a great maturity from their debut to the second album must always be rpaised. Making music (and original music) may not be easy as it seems. Crna Dama (or, Black Lady) is perhaps one of the best Yugoslavian albums, and certainly a essential album of the genre (Jazz, Rock, Fusion and Jazz-Rock-Fusion).

All the caracteristics of the previous albums are persent, but they are perfected: the vocals are warm, the keyboards envolves you and the guitar lead you into the music (thats an expression I use a lot, but artists who REALLY do it are difficult to find). The three first tracks are great examplaries of the whole album, in a manner. The first brings the album with a great and catchy rythm, the sencond warm you all around with the vocals, but especially with the keyboards and guitars, and the third is a cheer up festival of all instruments showing the band members hability. "Alo" must have been a great track to play it live, and shows a jam in studio (something reminding me Deep Purple, I guess), "Tegoba" return to melody, as "Daire" dares to came back with great vocals. The closing track is a great closure for the whole ensemble, returning to the more melodic aproach of the album even with some string arreangements.

In a total time of 35 minutes, not exaclty a long album, Crna Dama is a work that can be easily apreciated but at the same time chalenges you to find the best spots that most suites you right after tha album is finished. As I already said, its a essential album, not only for the local scene, but for the universality of the musicianship. 5 Starts.

GKR | 5/5 |

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