Friday, May 20, 2016

Napoleon Boulevard - "Júlia Nem Akar A Földön Járni" [1988]

Artist: Napoleon Boulevard
Title: Júlia Nem Akar A Földön Járni
Genre: New Wave, Synthpop
Country: Hungary
Release date: 1988

Track List: 
  1. Júlia Nem Akar A Földön Járni
  2. Uram, Segíts!
  3. Szemtől Szembe
  4. Vagy Az Élet Volt Kegyetlen, Vagy A Szíved Volt Kemény
  5. Jó Lenne
  6. Milord
  7. Hidd El, Jönnek Még Jobb Idők
  8. Néha Álmodj Velem
  9. Európa Visszavár
  10. Vallomás
  11. Kína
  12. Állok A Hídon
Napoleon Boulevard were one of the best among numerous Hungarian synthpop acts of the 1980s era, along with Bonanza Banzai. No surprise, because their line-up almost entirely consisted of the members of another excellent band - Solaris - with an addition of lead female singer, Lilla Vincze. The band existed from 1985 to 1990; there was one more album recorded in 2010, but with a different line-up.

Their early works were mostly inspired by late XIX century French burlesque aesthetics, which became less prominent on their later albums. Nevertheless, this album has some French (and German) lyrics as well. While their first two untitled albums were fairly good, "Júlia Nem Akar A Földön Járni" is easily their best one, being probably the best album in the whole history of Hungarian synthpop/new wave. The cover art, I must admit, isn't that great, but the music definitely is: nearly every song on this album is a hit, but I'd especially mention tracks #1-4 and #8-9. Highly recommended!

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