With easy, but mindfully slow rhythms, the tracks presented to the listener on this album are a collective case of technical precision and exhilarating anticipation of feelings. With a great guitar and harmonica work, here blues rock is at the height of a very concentrated and enthralled breath, inserted in a universe of sound where everything keeps rolling towards the soul of the music, where melodies are created in a very lucid sonorous embrace, giving shape to a style that feels already fully dilapidated and mature.
With beautiful vocals that maintain the distinctive reason of its tones at the bottom line of the rhythm, the instruments converge to consecrate a fully intuitive lecture on sound form, giving shape to harmonies that beautifully evoke the stream of the genre, in all of its multiple qualities.
Nonetheless, the excessive slowness of the songs in general means that this album is made for real enthusiasts of the genre. If you do not like blues rock, especially on a more traditional baseline, this work is not for you. This is for real fans of the genre, that really like precise, cohesive and very slow harmonies, that dilacerate the wall structure of the songs, corroding the pattern of the rhythms in an intense eagerness of note detail, throwing the intricate sonorous devices of literally all unbearable restless cadences to the mind cubicles of a severe derisive distress, generated by a surface of musical evaluation, masterly elaborated on this work.
Not that very fast musical passages are absent on this album, on the contrary. Nonetheless, these passages are exceptions, that beautifully contrast with the general calmer pace uniformly presented by these tracks. Elbrus debut is definitely a decent and interesting work, that certainly will captivate enthusiasts of blues rock. Although I haven’t found this record to be amazing, it does have its strong merits and qualities, and remains exceedingly true to the genre. Despite the lack of innovation and new elements, this album keeps its presence and relevance. It deserves to be heard, and to be found by its audience.