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4 stars This 1980's SBB concept album is probably their finest work. I met Józef Skrzek in 1997 in radio station where I was working. He just released his solo album Pokój Saren. I asked him about SBB but he was so excited about his new solo release I began to doubt SBB would do a come back album. BTW SBB reunited year after that talk but it didn't matter cos they hadn't planned new release until beginning of next decade. Memento is mostly instrumental album with just few not 'banal' lines of text. The first song is something like taken from early Genesis albums. Very dynamic filled with jazz rock guitar parts and awesome moog tunes. The middle part of this song is a bit quiet and psychedelic though. Like Pink Floyd but also Genesis cos they had similar ideas. Apostolis plays great solo in the end of that opening epic. It's very technical and melodic. Triangle Of Joy is definitelly more quiet with Spanish guitar elements. Such moody track reminding me of band's early albums. Strategy Of Pulse is more vital and more rockish. Kind of interesting jazz rock. Opus magmum of this release is final 20 minutes long epic piece Memento Z Banalnym Tryptykiem. The opening theme sounds like something taken from UK or Yes albums. Lyrics to this one are awesome. "Córko zabici leżą pośród jabłek w sadzie" sings Skrzek somewhere around 16:40 (in English it's "daughter, the assassinated lie among apples in the orchard") The end of this track is strong and hard rockish with some feedback from Apostolis Antymos. This is probably the best Polish progressive rock album and it can easily be compared to classical albums by Yes or Genesis. Listen and enjoy these sweet tunes.
LSDisease | 4/5 |


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