Novi Sad

Music for the Time After Rock 'n' Roll

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This is the fifth album release by the eclectic Viennese quartet Novi Sad. They weave pop, alternative rock, European folk-rock, and psychedelic sounds together in a clever and seamless manner. Lead singer Evelyn Blumenau has a voice whose qualities fluctuate between those of Dolores O'Riordan and Grace Slick and an artistic songwriting style that consistently produces beautiful yet haunting melodies. Lead guitarist Klaus Schuch, who also goes by the name Paris 1914, is their primary songwriter and has a knack for writing edgy, tuneful pieces either quirky or poignant in nature. While this album has its rock & roll moments, they are more subdued than on previous efforts like 1995's Home Is in My Shoes, which showcased a fondness for '60s Bay Area psychedelia. Reduced to a foursome on this album, Novi Sad also includes bass guitarist Robert Worel and drummer Manfred Scharf, who occasionally doubles on accordion, thus providing sparingly its folksy touches.

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