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3.70 | 103 ratings

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4 stars It's truly a progressive album!

The first time I listened to this album I almost rejected to continue because the first track gave me an impression of new wave kind of music, you know it's bit like Duran Duran, Orchestral Maneuver In The Dark, Ultravox and the like. Not that I hate new wave, it's more on I was not really prepared to receive that sort of music. But I kept listening to it and found something interesting about the band. BTW, this is the first album I have ever heard from IZZ. The music is diverse in nature. See for example first track which at firs a kind of new wave but it has rich textures as throughout the song I can hear many sounds coming out from keyboard and effects. The next track "I Move" is even richer as it has Eastern components through percussion and keyboards. The vocal harmony is really great. "Weak Little Lad" brings the music into upbeat style with good vocal line and guitar work that fills between bars. It sounds simple structure music with simple drumming (even it can be replaced with programming) but it's rich with textures and styles. I like the stunning guitar that works at the background.

"I Already Know" is relaxing in style but the guitar still gives similar touch as previous track - really cool. "I Wanna Win" has positive lyrics for being the best with music that lays on programming. It's nice and it's different. The spacey keyboard sound enriches the song's theme. "All The New" is a ballad with acoustic guitar as rhythm section which accompanies great vocal. "Star evil Gnoma Su" makes me confused about the band's music direction. It starts off with jazz arrangement combining piano and other instrument but it then moves into silent segment with spacey nuance followed with keyboard / synthesizer solo. It's surprising for my ears. I can conclude that the band's music is so diverse, blending all kinds of music style. It's progressive, really.

Am not gonna review the album on track by track basis. But what I can summarize is that IZZ music is powerful and unique. It blends components of new wave, funk, rock, jazz, groove, classical as well as Eastern / Latin. For me, it's a good experience having this album as it's different than what I have been listening to so far. Keep on proggin' ..!

Credit: Thanks to Hardiansyah Rizal who loaned me this CD.

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Gatot | 4/5 |


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