Pepa Labus a Spol.

Bezcasá a Nehnutá

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Pepa Labus a Spol. is led by singer/songwriter Josef Lábus. His brand of folk-rock with an Irish trad twist is only surprising because it comes from the Czech Republic (and is sung in Czech). Otherwise, it sounds much like most Irish or even British rockers. The Czech twist brings along with the unusual phonemes a certain heaviness often found in that country's rock music. Lábus' voice is warm but lacks a bit of power to be truly convincing. Slávek Forman's violin embodies on his own the folk-rock crossover. The arrangements remain predictable throughout, from the straightforward drum work to the occasional pedal-volume guitar solo (that kind of folk-rock often flirts with the most accessible elements of prog rock). Bassist Tomás Nydrle deserves a special mention: his basslines are lively, ornamented, and a delight to follow. The production sounds good in general, but is not without flaws. Better mixing and mastering would have gotten rid of suspicious variations in volume. Highlights include the opener, "Prichází," the delicate "V Obsidiánu," and "Stestí Na Dest'." Nevertheless, the 40 minutes of Bezcasá a Nehnutá probably won't impress you.

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