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(15 min, 'Onsegen Ensemble')
TRACK LIST: 1. Vaino 6:36 2. Kuuhanka 8:22 LINEUP: Esa Juujarvi - bass & keyboards Kimmo Nissinen - guitar Veijo Pulkkinen - drums With: Minna Karjalainen - clarinet (1) Alisa Saila - vocals (1) Jukka Limingoja - vocals (2)
Prolusion. ONSEGEN ENSEMBLE is a trio from Oulu, Finland. The band takes their name from Onegen Olentkovey, a Russian poet and composer who ended up on the 'wrong' side of the Soviet government, who packed him off to the gulag. "Hiukkavaara Session" is their debut release (digipack).
Analysis. Vaino begins with promise. It starts with an up-tempo riff, a fast driving beat for a few measures and then the trio is joined by Alisa Saila's pleasant vocals singing a lovely melody, which seems totally out of place with the overall tone and style of the rest of the music. The rest of the song is terribly repetitious with cacophonous jamming, easily the soundtrack to a nightmare. The discord makes the track seem much longer than it is. When Saila and the melody return, it is too late to redeem the song. Again on Kuuhanka, melody is lacking and the construction is primarily jamming around one or two riffs and chords. The vocals on Kuuhanka are something like a low aboriginal chant in places and higher pitched chant in others. The track ends with a prolonged guitar solo.
Conclusion. Mind numbing. The repetition is nearly intolerable. The best thing about this music is the lovely voice of Alisa Saila and there's far too little of it.
KW: January 20, 2006
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