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3 stars A new wave band with a prog debut. What about the debut?

Well, it's certainly influenced with YES, melody-wise. Music is far for complex; mostly it comprises of dense songs, sometimes with heavy prog, sometimes with neo-prog touch. There are no drastic changes and collages within the song structures, they're homogenic and often inclining towards pop-rock. So much for the structure.

It contains of pleasant, more-or-less high pitched vocals, very decent guitar, Hammond organ and beefy synth that's more in the role of a texturizer than a furious soloing device. I don't have any significant opinion about bass and drums, they're not outstanding, but they're not distracting the listener from the overall picture neither. Decent.

The opening track, Kad misli mi vrludaju was a hit single, it's more-or-less straightforward heavy-almost-prog track with beautiful vocal melody (Jon Anderson's influence is obvious), very catchy chorus and overall boogie-woogie attitude. I loved this track since I was a little kid.

Nestala dobrota is even more YES-influenced, with it's 9/8 intro and typical ingredients from the YES' sound palette. A good tune.

Other tracks are less memorable, varying sometimes between very straightforward prog and mainstream rock, there are a few bars of nice keyboard or guitar solos, sometimes in a irregular time signature, but only briefly! What a pity. There are also some touches of psyche, and some darkish, but artistically not so succesful atmospheres, done with unusual vocal melodies and hilarious amounts of reverberation, so typical for the below-par seventies Yu-prog rock.

Kraj tebe u tami is their second hit single from the album, later covered by the most famous new-wave band AZRA...however, it's incredible! See, the tune is quite poppy, sort of a new wave song with a simple synth sequence repeating on and on sounds so 80's right? Well, somewhere around a middle of the song, the poppy arpeggiated sequence went mad, howled, and a whole song changed its pace and turned into a great prog rocker! Song changed the pace once again calming down for a downtempo jazzy ending. Great. This one is not so 'choked' with sound like other songs, offering some 'air' and let us take a broader look at the structure.

The last two tracks are more or less in the same vein as the majority of the album, but much less enjoyable.

In conclusion...

This is decent album. This is a decent band. One may only wonder what would have happened if the band refused to shift their musical style and continued to play prog rock...the second and the third prog albums would probably be much better, as this one is suffering from some syndromes typical for a debut, and Jura Pađen proved his songwriting skills many times in the past decades.

On the other hand...

They were good new-wave band, and even in their new-wave peak occasional 'prog' moments happened, here and there...but from the pure post-punk/new wave point of view...Croatia had much better bands, even bordering (or stepping the border) of the prog realm. So why bother? I won't recommend it to aim your prog cravings to, but if you came across this one, don't hesitate to give a spin.

clarke2001 | 3/5 |


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