Uz Jsme Doma

Patnáct Kapek Vody (Best Of)

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For avant rockers Uz Jsme Doma's tenth anniversary, the Czech record label Indies released a compilation album, Patnáct Kapek Vody (Best Of...) (Fifteen Drops of Water [Best Of...]). This generous CD culls 15 tracks from the band's one live and five studio albums. The whole terrain is covered, from the direct avant punk/rock songs "Strach" and "Kuzelína" to the more complex, prog rock-tinged "Koroze" and "Uprostred Slov." There is nothing much to argue about the selection: Every album is well-represented, including the superb 1995 Pohádky ze Zapotrebí and the live Vancouver 1997 (including an energized rendition of "Kouzelník"). Comparing Uz Jsme Doma to such diverse bands as Pavel Fajt's Pluto, Plastic People of the Universe, Slapp Happy, Ne Zhdali, and even the Pogues on speed only begins to sketch the group's very distinctive sound. Track 15, "Ticho," hides two more pieces: "Metafyzik" (from the band's 1995 movie soundtrack Jaro, Peklo, Podzim, Zima) and "Jó Nebo Nebo" (recorded live in 1985). The first one is a sub-average keyboard-only instrumental track, the second an interesting but very poorly recorded unreleased song. These two are for completists only but, otherwise, Patnáct Kapek Vody (Best Of...) makes the perfect introduction to this band. And since most of their albums are really hard to find outside Europe, this compilation is more than welcome.

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