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Рецензия от Prognosis на альбом 'All Day Home' (in English)
Style-Genre: Progressive Rock
If You Like * Romislokus * then try these: Roxy Music - Ultravox - Ure, Midge
All Day Home is the 3rd release by the russian band Romislokus. The band showed some evolution on their compositions and musicianship. Most of the tracks are sung in English (except one in Italian, and one in French) and also, the music has a more commercial approach compared to the earlier releases. However, these changes hasn't decreased the quality of the band's work, rather, they tell us of a band in evolution who is seeking new horizons, trying to reach a wider audience, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.
Romislokus propose a mix of elements from their influence bands blended togheter with their own ideas, resulting in the finest popish/alternative progressive rock out there. The ambient/atmospheric keyboard textures from the older records are still in place here, but the guitars gained more distortion standing out a little more. In summary the music delivered in this record can barely be described as progressive rock, I'd rather say it fits more into some sort of sophisticated alternative ambient rock per se. It should appeal to fans of Ultravox or Roxy Music.
Prognosis - Progressive Rock & Fusion
Рецензия от The Dutch Progressive Rock Page на альбом 'All Day Home' (in English)
Country of Origin: Russia
Record Label: Independent
Year of Release: 2002
Tracklist: Cool (3:35), Dreg (4:32), L'Amour (2:55), If (5:37), Freedom (4:17), I'm Tired (4:08), Name (2:51), Persici (4:37), Tree By the Wall (6:09), Captain Zero (5:42)
Russian band Romislokus are back with a new album which this time sees the band targeting a new market. Their previous material, though featuring some great material had a main drawback in that all vocals were sung in Russian, which served as a limiting factor to the band's potential success abroad. With All Day Home the band have resorted to English lyrics (except for a French and Italian track), though this has also had an effect on their musical style. Gone are the lush musical styles with gothic overtones and instead we have seemingly light tunes based along the lines of bands such as early U2 and INXS.
Such a perception was further enhanced when listening to the opening track Cool, with its catchy open guitar riffs and ear-friendly chorus. By no means am I saying that this music is not good, far from it, it's actually extremely well done yet I must admit that I was enamoured by the cold calculated nature of their early albums. Dreg sounds much more familiar to the band's previous material with some great interplay between the warm strings and cold goth-like rock as well as an intriguing chorus structure.
Though not a fan of French lyrics, L'Amour has the band moving in a more spacey direction, a move which continues on If. Here the band really seem to come out and are in their element with some great synthesiser work and effects. The pace is slowed down which allows the dramaticity of certain instruments to be exploited to the full alongside Yuri Smolnikov's deep vocals. Freedom has a more hard rock direction, which though in itself a good track, obscures somewhat the dramatic element of the band, which in my opinion is one of their forte's.
Thus following the rather shaky first half of the album the band seems to find its bearings on the second part of the album and really comes alive. I'm Tired has a funky line running through it with some of the guitar work very reminiscent of David Rhodes' work with Peter Gabriel. Name and Persici have a delightful feel good factor about their style, thought both are rather different tracks. Once again the progressive nature of the band is obscured, though the lush backing strings create a wonderfully full atmosphere.
The final two pieces that also conclude the album are reworkings of tracks that had originally appeared on the excellent Vinyl Spring, Digital Autumn. Both tracks actually highlight what is missing in the tracks that appear previous to them on All Day Home. Both Tree By the Wall and Captain Zero show how Romislokus manage to combine elements of varying time signatures, use of original backing licks mainly in the form of the mournful cello sound as well as synthesisers. Is this the new face of progressive rock?
Having heard All Day Home, over and over again, I must admit that I do not feel that the album is a step forward musically. The new material is somewhat more mainstream, though I must applaud the band's ability to shift from their mother Russian to more universal languages. The final two tracks are also the stand out tracks of the album, and they are a case in point that the band should stick to the formula of moving beyond their musical boundaries and retain that experimental nature rather than move towards a more commercial and mainstream style. Nevertheless, the music is great and will not be a disappointment to the casual listener.
Conclusion: 7 out of 10
Рецензия от Progressiveears на альбом 'All Day Home' (in English)
Member: ffroyd - 01/20/03
Russian band Romislokus had a very busy 2002. Early in the year they put out the CD 'Vinyl Spring Digital Autumn' and wouldn't you know they also managed to squeeze another great one out before the year was over. The progress the band has made between the two releases is astounding as well.
Most of you probably haven't heard them so a short description may be in order. Romislokus (the meaning of their name is still basically a mystery) have a style that I'd call pop/modern rock but what sets them apart from many other bands is their liberal use of synths and textures. Not only are there strange wonderful noises that are dominant throughout the music but there are also many atmospheric sounds that create a nice mood. There's also the excellent cello work of Irina Yunakovskaya. Her wonderful playing is sometimes hard to pick out but it does add nice dimension to the music. All Day Home is much fuller than it's predecessor and they are continually experimenting with new sounds. They've also aquired a real drummer now so the rythmns sound much less mechanical but the electronic percussion element does remain.
Another major difference on this disc is that singer/lyricist Yuri Smolnikov has switched from singing in Russian to English. This can be a good or a bad thing depending on how you look at it. On the good side, his deep voice still sounds excellent and now English speaking folks can understand what he's saying. On the bad side, they lyrics get a bit confusing through the translation. I only have a minor problem with it though, it's not enough to ruin the album at all, in fact some lyrics are quite humorous like: 'Welcome the knight of hot-dogs and donuts, You came to know what is the difference, Between you and lover of raviolis and fried potatoes, Who are you: dipsomaniac or magus?' English is not the only language represented on the CD though. There is also a song sung in French and another in Italian.
My favorite songs on the album so far are 'Dreg' (the lyrics I quoted in the last paragraph), 'If' (which contains some amazingly beautiful keyboard parts) and also the last song, 'Captain Zero' (a beautiful and powerful ballad that closes out the CD). In closing, I'd say that folks who enjoy bands like Marillion and Porcupine Tree will find enough to like about Romislokus. They do have a very adventurous attitude and they aren't trying to sound like any other band. I hope 2003 is an even more productive year for this excellent band.
Рецензия от Caladan на альбом 'All Day Home' (in English)
1.Cool - 3:35 / 2.Dreg - 4:32 / 3.L'Amour - 2:55 / 4.If - 5:37 /5.Freedom - 4:17 / 6.I'm Tired - 4:08 / 7.Name - 2:51 / 8.Persici - 4:37 / 9.Tree By The Wall - 6:09 / 10.Captain Zero - 5:42
Total time: 44:49
Evgeniy Gorelov - kbds. / Mikhail Voronov - g. / Yuri Smolnikov - g.,voc. / Dmitry Shelemetev - dr. / Maksim Caravaev - computers / Mikhail Brovarnik - bass. / Irina Yunakovskaya - clo
Romislokus - 2002
Note : 7
This album is strange... even bizzare in some parts, but there's something about it. Romislokus is a Russian band. 'All day home' is their first album with English lyrics and their third effort in general. As for the music... hmmm... at first sight (or rather hearing) it seems to be chaotic. These seven people move throughout various music genres, such as space rock, new wave and some provincial_wedding stuff... The first listening evoked surprise and slight contempt. The music seemed too weird, but as I have already mentioned, there's something about it. Therefore I came back to that record once again and I must admit that it's interesting. Apparently there's a method to this seeming chaos and the musicians manage to embrace it. 'Cool' resembles new wave, 'Dreg' is a bit dark. 'L'amour' - the title says it all. It couldn't be more French. No! I am not going to analyze the songs one by one, because it doesn't make any sense. This album will definetly not satisfy enthusiasts of Genesis and Fish-lead Marillion, but it's a must for people interested in new sounds and willing to accept new impressions. I guarantee that, at least in a few parts of this recording, those Russians will amaze you. 'Freedom' for instance, has a really nice melody and powerful vocals (a strong point of Romislokus!) but is all of a sudden broken by some freaky sounds. As for 'Name'... I'm helpless. On the one hand it's very similar to the most disgraceful 'achievements' of disco-polo bands (disco-polo is a specific polish dance music, only for tough guys;). On the other hand I feel that somehow the album would be less interesting and more monotonous without it. 'Tis strange, isn't it? What's even more weird,is that at first listening, this recording will just pass you by and leave you indifferent to it. However with each successive playing of this album, you will discover more new and interesting elements. Without reservation I can state that Romislokus plays progressive rock,and far more progressive music than efforts of Pendragon, Arena or Porcupine Tree. (I mercifully don't mention the recent Marillion albums) Go for this album, it's worth it.
Рецензия от DMME.NET на альбом 'All Day Home' (in English)
All Day Home
No matter what the title suggest, there's no hint of agoraphobia.
It comes as a surprise: with all the classic rock popularity in USSR, Russian bands are still rare in the field. Yet when they emerge, they do rock - witness ROMISLOKUS. Bubbly guitar melody of 'Cool', the opener of this album, their second, is able to find a way to both the prog lovers and the MTV eaters. But while clever English lyrics and various effect add up to the tastiness, not everything here bristles with immediacy, 'L'Amour' and 'Persici' (sung in French and Italian respectively) taking an alt course to ram it all home with piano-driven melancholy of 'If' and space rock of spacious 'Freedom'. The coldness of those may come as an explanation for the title, yet there's a warm shot in a form of '60s-styled 'Name', which points towards greater things - are they out of the doors yet?
Dmitry M. Epstein
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