Exposé Online banner

Osada Vida — The Body Parts Party
(Metal Mind MMP CD 0598, 2008, CD)

by Paul Hightower, Published 2009-07-01

The Body Parts Party Cover artBasing a concept album on the human body may be lazy, though happily the material and execution merit praise in this case. At first blush Osada Vida resemble other Polish progressive rock bands that favor symphonic prog traditions wedded to modern rock and alt-metal, a la Riverside. However, this quartet also bears a strong resemblance to Quebec’s Hamadryad, especially on potent and harmonically creative prog rock tracks like “Liver.” Glass Hammer fans will warm to the articulated arranging seen in “Tongue,” though thankfully this is a band well versed in symphonic prog traditions yet able to root their sound fully in the present — without aping Porcupine Tree. The use of modern production and engineering techniques is put to good use on the opener “Body” and Lukasz Lisiak’s vocal even sounds like The Smithereen’s Pat DiNizio (though I doubt it was intentional.) There’s much to like about this album, with the closer “Bone” perhaps best defining what Osada Vida is all about. At 11 minutes it’s the longest song and offers modern prog rock with some unexpected twists. For instance, guitarist Bartek Bareska drops the crunchy metal grind for slinkier Strat noodling, and keyboard player Rafal Paluszek covers a wide array of sounds ranging from soaring analog synths to classical piano. When the song delves into a jazzier vein you sense the group is venturing out of its comfort zone, though I appreciate the willingness to stretch out. They dare to challenge themselves and the results reward the effort. Highly recommended.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 37, 2008 releases

Related artist(s): Osada Vida

Latest news

2018-02-18
Didier Lockwood RIP – Word reaches us today of the death of one of France's great jazz musicians, violinist Didier Lockwood. His playing bridged many worlds, from traditional jazz to fusion to progressive rock, and his talent can be heard on recordings by Magma, Clearlight, Pierre Moerlen's Gong, and many more. Lockwood was 62. » Read more

2018-02-15
10 Years of Fruits de Mer - The Incomplete Angler – Those of you who are faithful followers of Exposé will know that we have been promoting Fruits de Mer and its side labels and releases from nearly its first year. Now music journalist and author Dave Thompson has written a book chronicling the past ten years as a celebration of this milestone. » Read more

2018-02-14
Tom Rapp RIP – Singer / songwriter Tom Rapp, best known with the band Pearls Before Swine, passed away on February 12, at the age of 70, after a battle with cancer. » Read more

2018-01-30
Bill Bruford Ventures into Uncharted Territory – Drum master Bill Bruford, veteran of some of the most creative bands in history (King Crimson, Yes, Genese, etc.), is sharing some of what he's learned about being a drummer and a musician in his new book, Uncharted: Creativity and the Expert Drummer, out on University of Michigan Press. » Read more

2018-01-18
Christian Burchard RIP – Multi-instrumentalist Christian Burchard, who founded the seminal band Embryo in 1969, has died at the age of 71. His January 17 passing was announced on the band's Facebook page. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Hualun - Asian River – For their second release, this Wuhan post-rock crew has stepped up a few notches from their debut, Silver Daydream (reviewed in issue 38). They’ve moved to one of China’s most prominent...  (2011) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues