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Vivum - Stara Lipa

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Genre: World Music / Artist: Stara Lipa / Import / Audio CD released 2003-06-17 at Orange World

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      09.02.2010 23:09
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      Should appeal to most folk fans

      Another album amongst those recommended by the record label Orange World was Vivum by the band Stara Lipa. Another release of theirs obviously and yet another folk album, this time out of the label's homecountry Poland. Stara Lipa got together in 1997 and have to my knowledge only released the one album in 2003.

      The type of music sounds like a cross between flamenco and a medieval style, I'm a fan of this type of music when it's done properly - Braagas are the best I've come across to date. There's a lot of flute used on this album though and it's not an instrument I'm particularly fond of, the violin playing is very good and the drumming extremely varied and unique sounding, rather dark to some extent.

      For the most part of the album it's the guitar playing that stands out to me, played in a classical way, it's rather intricate and the guitarist's fingers must be close to falling off at several moments! Overall, it's excellent music but whilst many listeners will undoubtedly praise the forever in tune very natural sounding vocals, it's the choir sounding high pitchness that actually puts me off the album a little bit.

      Generally, I prefer this album when it's instrumental only but those who like that type of singing will likely be very pleased with the wholesome sound this band have to offer, those who don't will never be fully satisfied by it - it's therefore the kind of album you might want to select a few tracks from but with it being hard to come by and not particularly cheap, it's unlikely that'll be an option.

      It goes without saying that the content of the album is the typical earth, wind, fire, water- Captain Planet inspired topics you'd expect for a folk album of this calibre.

      1. O Fader Wise
      2. Zimowe Intro.
      3. A Na Polu Sosnina
      4. Wioskowy Glupek
      5. Montesque
      6. W Ogniu.
      7. Modlitwa Robaczka Swietojanskiego.
      8. Taniec Misia.
      9. Kalina Malina.
      10. Danuśka.
      11. Epilogue.
      12. Lipowa Kołyska.

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