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Kultur Shock



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3 stars A good album, but not nearly as brilliant as its predecessor 'Kultura Diktatura'. The overall picture is equally raw, a wide spectrum of various influences is somewhat narrowed. Thee are still great hooks, killing melodies rooted in Balkan folk and chugging concrete blocks shooting air with razor-sharp bars in irregular time measures.

The thing is (not actually a problem but it might become one if they continue that path) band used more or less same recipe as on the previous album, but without wider aspects of 'world musics' and instruments. In the core it's a four-members Balkan punk (okay, six, members, but most of the time it's sounds like an ordinary rock/metal quartet, sound-wise). However, there IS enough of the worthy material, even segments of really intelligent sublime details, something that pushed 'Kultura' from 'brilliant' to 'masterpiece' status.

Having said that, this album is by no means un-enjoyable. There are some killing tunes; 'Dune' being perhaps the best of the bunch, with it's chorus, incredible bass hook, good riffs, berserk violin. 'Zumbul' and 'Sarajevo' are leaning deeper on traditional Balkan folk values, they're both deeply emotional, reflecting sevdah in many ways. It's a pity non-speakers won't grasp the lyrics, a sorrow spiced up with sprinkles of humour, ornamented in archaic.

'Hashishi' is absolutely unnecessary in this version; I liked the one from previous album much more. On this one, the band is singing the chorus off-key, but that was perhaps their intention: they certainly do sound stoned. That might have some appeal, but after repeated listening it will fall flat. 'Tango la Victoire' is the least likeable; it's sort of a anarchistic/communist flavoured rock tango with Balkan/French Gypsy overtones, and it smells way too much of contemporary 'antiglobalistic' pretentiousness flavour in Che Guevara T-shirt. Nothing wrong with that if you dig to the substance, but this one lacks it. Further, it goes into territories peculiar for the band, miming techno/dance with rock utensils, and if that should have been humorous, it failed miserably. I heard too much of a such cheap tricks in my own country from various 'underground' and 'independent' artists. Pity, it's almost only band's move towards eclecticism on this album. The rest of the track are good, if nothing special. They might need some extra time to grow on a listener.

In general, good but flawed. A few annoying moments; fortunately, much more great ones.

clarke2001 | 3/5 |


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