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Black Point Sampler 2001: The Czech Alternative Music & Parallel Pop

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This is a sampler CD presenting the wide-ranging musical productions of the Czech independent label Black Point for the year 2001. Even more diversified than its counterpart, Indies, Black Point releases albums in styles as wide-ranging as traditional Hebrew song and hardcore punk. Going through the sampler without skipping a track or two requires a very open-minded attitude. Despite the variety, a serious and fruitful effort has been made to keep the track list as listener-friendly and enjoyable as humanly possible. The CD begins in alternative rock with J.J. Nehuda's version of the band Extempore and new wave group Dvouletá Fáma. Then there is a turn toward harder music, including one of the best punk tracks by Michael's Uncle and a sampling of the heavy metal Nasrot. This is followed by a gradual shift toward klezmer through softer Czech rock, before a final detour toward folk music from the East and West. The journey makes a lot of sense and the track selection is exquisite, including the best moments from Traband's Kolotoc, Echt!'s Je Mi Krásne, and Gothart's Cabaret. This CD makes the best of a difficult situation and is available at a budget price.