(2016) Gabinety

Mafia

... read moreHere is what happens when Americanski culture -- the worst of it -- gets exported to other places and takes hold. Mafia hails from Warsaw, Poland, and this is their second recording. They look like a bunch of alley rats and sound like a rock & roll band (or is it the other way around?). They have...

48′:44″ 12 Songs

1
Tak Lubie (Radosc Truskawkowych Pol)
Mafia
4:12
2
Biorca
Mafia
3:48
3
Wczoraj, Inne
Mafia
3:49
4
Ta Smutna
Mafia
4:25
5
Gabinety Marzen
Mafia
3:17
6
Ja (Moja Twarz)
Mafia
5:04
7
Od Nowa
Mafia
3:42
8
Fear
Mafia
5:04
9
Wiem, Ze Klamiesz
Mafia
3:20
10
Ain't Forget
Mafia
3:03
11
Moja Mafia
Mafia
3:26
12
Noce Cale
Mafia
5:34
Released 29 April 2016, ℗ 2016 Sony Music Entertainment Poland Sp. z o.o.

Review

Here is what happens when Americanski culture -- the worst of it -- gets exported to other places and takes hold. Mafia hails from Warsaw, Poland, and this is their second recording. They look like a bunch of alley rats and sound like a rock & roll band (or is it the other way around?). They have the crunch, the blaze, the fury, and the attitude that comes with a lifetime of listening to Guns 'N Roses, Dio, Wasp, Warrant, Winger, and Whitesnake records, and not enough AC/DC. They do have more class than all of those acts put together, but the recording doesn't bear that out. What it does accomplish is to showcase the plethora of American hard rock and hair metal influences and throw them in a blender for a muddy soup of a record. Too bad. You can hear it in the way frontman Piasek sings that he's got what it takes to be a great hard rock singer and that guitarist Banan Banas has all the chops and the taste, but not the songs to showcase them inside. If it weren't for the Polish lyrics, you would swear this band was from L.A. and trying to get a gig at the Whisky. This sounds like an exploratory outing more than a fully realized statement. Hopefully these young cats will get it together for the next one; they might really turn some heads if they do. ~ Thom Jurek