Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Нам нужен мир (Автограф, 1986)

The Soviet Union didn't stop prog rock and Автограф (Autograph, in latin transcription) are a living proof of that. After years of clandestine concerts, the band finally released their first self-titled album in 1986. Autograph were the perfect '80s neo-prog and almost new wave band, not so far from the likes of Twelfth Night or It Bites. This track, whose title means in English "We Need Peace", is a plain prog-pop song, an anthem actually similar to many Western synth and easy-prog tracks, well written and also well performed, simple but not trivial at all.

Autograph released three studio albums between 1986 and 1991. 


The essential double keyboard effects, the dramatic vocals and the bombastic chorus melody are the strongest points of "We Need Peace", but please don't forget the lyrics, written when peace seemed more a dream than a reality, some years before the end of the cold war (if ever there was an end to that). A document from an era we shouldn't forget.