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BIG RED DRAGON (WILLIAM BLAKE'S VISIONS)

Sophya Baccini

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.90 | 23 ratings

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4 stars The "voiceful" blondhaired is back!

Since the first time I heard Sophya's astonishing voice (at the Pro(g)Liguria fundraising concert) I was captured by her powerful vocal range and her technical performance. At that time I wasn't aware she is also a good piano player and a proficient composer!

With her new band, mainly composed by female artists, you don't have to think that Sophya takes distance from her first work "Aradia" (from which the name of the band is taken), because the atmosphere is equally epic and the music is largely inspired by classic, symphonic and choral compositions. But in "Big Red Dragon" is added a more intense rock background which gives to the music a different taste. Forget about odd tempos, difficult breaks and other conventional prog motifs! This kind of music is enriched with surreal atmosphere which immediately surrounds you and gradually captures your attention, as you would be bewitched and enchanted!

When you listen to the album for the first time, you feel as gradually driven in the epic, classical mood through the "camel-ish" guitar solos, the great symphonic music background and the choral singing with the leading voice reaching tunes to the sky! With a little difference to the first album Sophya's singing, even technically perfect, is more inspired and oriented to interpretation.

It's difficult to find the best track, because the powerful musical impact surprises and captures the listener all the time, but I have found more ecstatic references in "Love of Hecate" (where the great keyboard player Elisa Montaldo from IL TEMPIO DELLE CLESSIDRE gives her contribution), "Just", where Sophya's singing reaches perfection and music intensity is almost touchable, "Cerberus", which gives us an astonishing and surprising intro and the title track "Big Red Dragon", with its powerful rock mood.

Last but not least, the incredible version of "Jerusalem", which became a prog standard thanks to the ELP version, and with which the version of ths album fights to be the best one!

Three point five stars!

progpromoter | 4/5 |

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