Saturday, 10 August 2019
Blue Effect - Svět Hledačů (1979)
The seventh album from this band from Czech and Slovakia.
The band was a quartet with a lineup of drums, bass, guitars, piano, clavinet, minimoog, percussion and vocals.
The band has been changing style (and name) almost from album to album. Due to some Stalinist purges on everything who smells USA/UK, they also had to change their name to Modry Efekt.
The previous album Svitanie was mostly instrumental and great.
The band changed to a much more vocals dominated band on this album, though. Yes, Genesis, Grobschnitt and the Italian symph prog scene (RPI) springs to mind here as references.
The excellent guitarist Radim Hladik does not get enough space to light up this album as on previous albums. He is here, but just as a part of a band.
The music is still pretty heavy though. It is also very pastoral at times. And the band still knows how to write very good songs and perform them.
This is indeed a very good album and one to really get into for those of us who likes quality progressive rock.
Check out this album and their other albums.