Kampec Dolores


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By the time of this second album, which was delayed nearly two years before being pressed, this fine modern Hungarian rock band had added a real drummer and expanded the depth of its repertoire considerably. The influence of traditional Hungarian music is an important aspect of the group's creativity, although hardly the only one, but provides a grounding and sizeable appeal when interpreted through the talented violin playing and singing of Gabi Kenderesi. Saxophonist Zoltan Szegvari also adds nice touches as his instrument is used prominently in the arrangements. Songs are sung in Hungarian with translated lyrics enclosed; the exception is a cover version of a Nico song. It is a payback in a way, not only for the Velvet Underground singer's obvious musical influence, but because performing the opening slot for her in Budapest was one of the band's early launching pads. The typesetter for the back cover must have a share in an optometrist's office, as reading the red lettering set over a field of black dots is extremely troublesome for the eyes.

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