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Tarcisio Moura
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3 stars I had never heard of this German band until recently, when a friend borrowed me their interesting debut album. I was expecting some kraurock ou space rock stuff and instead what I got was a very blues-rock instrumental trio without guitar (only keyboards, bass and drums) backing a unique vocalist. I was quite surprised by their singer Inga Rumpf: her strong, low registered, bluesy vocals could easily pass by as a manīs voice sometimes. The results are quite stunning, although hardly groundbreaking: in fact, if they were american or english they would be just another band in the same vein of Atomic Rooster, Paladin or Chicken Shack. There are some experimentalism thrown in here and there, but quite what was expected from the time, including the infamous drum solo (a short one, fortunately). For most of the time french keyboardist Jean-Jacques Kravetz runs the show with his above average skills on the Hammond organ, but the rhythm section is equally very good and versatile.

The songs are ok, I guess. Not really my cup of tea, but good for the style and sometimes Kravetz adds some classical influenced themes for good measure, which I liked. They were surely different from most that was being produced in Germany. And certainly they had both the skills and knack for writing decent songs to develop their sound much further.

If you like the style, go for it. Frumpy could be on par with the best organ based blues rock bands of the time. Although All Will Be Changed was not a CD that shook my world, it did spur my curiosity enough to try to get its follow up. And the music here is quite enjoyable too. A nice discovery.

Rating: 3,5 stars.

Tarcisio Moura | 3/5 |


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