Zofie Kabelková

Ziju

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Zofie Kabelková had made an appearance on Ivo Cicvárek's 2002 album V Letadle. A year later, the 20-year-old Czech singer released her solo debut, Ziju, an impressive album built on the strength of her simple folk-pop songs. Kabelková's voice is light and innocent. She is at her best singing and playing her acoustic guitar, without any other instruments coming in. Her melodies are catchy enough, her vocal delivery gripping enough to survive the nakedness. Things get more trite when producer Stano Palúch gets his way with the arrangements. Calling in a cast of session musicians, he typecasts Kabelková's voice in a tender ingénue role that leads to terrible pop clichés. The opening song, "Stanu Se Brizou," features a full group and pushes what is an already light song right into the realm of bland acoustic pop. It may work well on Czech radios, but it cruelly lacks any form of creativity. Sometimes he hits it right though, like in "Nocní Seance" where Petra Klementová's flute adds a very nice touch without getting in the way, or in "Pod Studenou Cichou" where his violin playing elevates the song to a higher level. Cicvárek contributes three oft-spoken songs tailored to Kabelková's tastes. They rank among the album's best moments, especially "Kaleidoskop" interpreted with voice and guitar only.

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