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Last year's self-titled release from Apteka (which also contained a self-titled song, just for the hell of it) was the Polish band's comeback after more than a decade away, and if anything it represents an even more unbalanced and narcotic-fuelled version of the band that finally lives up to its name (Polish for pharmacy, or drug store). A few songs are fairly loud and domineering in a hard rock fashion, while other tend more towards psychedelic ramblings from Jedrzej Kodymowski against his equally distracted guitar melodies and Jacek Zoladek's driving bass.
While I kept getting the nagging feeling that the listener really does have to be in some kind of purple haze to really enjoy what's going on, this is quite a decent album of modern psychedelic rock even if it's a little scrambled and very uneven. The louder songs 'Wiochaowska,' 'Terrorysci gora,' 'Przemowienie wodza' and the fast and punky 'Apteka' are distinctly different from the rest of the album that follows a slower and overall less musical approach, but that's not to say that they're necessarily all the more interesting for their repetitive electric riffs and staccato vocal bursts, as the style only really comes together as late as the ninth track.
The primary direction of the album (that these songs interrupt with calculated regularity) really begins in the second track, where Kodymowski shifts to a softer, almost spoken word vocal style of rhyme, before the loose style is taken to its natural conclusion in the following song where the two Poles merely talk and laugh over dull backing music for several minutes. 'Mieszadlo chaosu' is mostly the same, led predominantly by the bass with some reasonable bluesy guitar soloing once Kodymowski has finished talking about whatever it is he's talking about (I can't speak Polski, sadly), and the tone increases to desperation in track six before mellowing to an almost beach vibe in track eight.
None of these songs really stand out, though I was most impressed by the short and energetic title song and the intelligent incorporation of heavy riffs into the centre of 'What Is' proving that this isn't all raving (you know, in the bad way - though I don't think there's really a good way), but the overall experience is enjoyable and nicely unhinged. If you want to experience what it's like to be Polish and off your head, this may be a place to start.
2. Wszystko w porzadku
3. O rycerzu
4. Terrorysci gora
5. Mieszadlo chaosu
6. Tranfescyta i inne cioty
8. Kamil Cyprian Norwid
9. Przemowienie wodza
10. Kazda minuta
11. What Is
12. Bo Snu Nova