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Alamaailman Vasarat



3.90 | 101 ratings

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3 stars Really nice Finnish band's album! Reeds,strings,distorted organ,grand piano and percussion play hot mix of Balkan/Gypsy folk and chamber music!

I listened tones of Balkan tunes (in original versions) few years, and even there are not too big difference in melodies and single songs, very energetic and hot dance-able rhythms and high emotional level always catch me every time I just hear first hordes. Another thing, that there are few tricks in musicianship, and you will hardly find something new after you heard dozen of songs.

Using of Balkan/Gypsy folklore as component in more complex music is old trick, and theer are many original Balkan jazz bands using it. Some last years such move became more popular between some Nordic bands. AA is one of them, and possibly one between best known.

Great thing is Balkan folk element doesn't dominate there in their music, and chamber rock (with zeihlish flavor in a moments) is great another ingredient to make the sound well balanced. As a result, Balkanika doesn't sound there as somewhere in the Guča pipes fest in Eastern Serbia, and strings/reeds are not such dry and cold as often.

The only thing I missed there is better compositions - musical components and musicianship level are both great, but compositions are often too faceless and remind Balkan/chamber jamming. Still easy accessible and pleasant to listen album, not too essential though.

snobb | 3/5 |


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