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Raccomandata Ricevuta Ritorno - Per... Un Mondo Di Cristallo CD (album) cover


Raccomandata Ricevuta Ritorno


Rock Progressivo Italiano

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4 stars The future and the progress needs the intelligence of men to discover always more. So a man leave for a space travel, but on his return on Earth the world that he knew is not the same, devastated by a nuclear war. In a "not world" dominated by nothingness this man looks at the ruins of Earth upon the only remaining cliff, asking to himself why men have destroyed themselves. While he was thinking his childhood, a flash take to the sky remembering to him the life. An apocalyptic world which was theater for puppet where everything is now his enemy, leave in his mind only crystal dreams, destined to crumble. This Sci-fi tale, written by poetess Maria Comin, is well described by on of the most important one shot band of 70s RPI. This band was born in Rome in 1971, and despite they were very young, they had already had some musical experiences. Texts so visionary are well bonded with musical atmospheres with tones that try to represent the reflection of a man about solitude created by humanity, probably for the progress's advent that in its crazy run has fixed in collective imaginary the figure of a destroyer monster of their freedom.

This work is based on a classic guitar and keyboards fusion with the flute that has exercised a magnetic attraction for young RPI of 70s, especially associated to the figure of Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull style in general. The main themes of songs are "interrupted" by sudden changes of time which make more interesting the "apocalyptic" atmospheres sink into nothingness. Hysteric and obsessive rhythms dominated by piano, are alternated by folk passages of flute and classic guitar. All is enriched by some jazz tones and the creative voice of Luciano Regoli that vaguely remind me Peter Hammil style, however a versatile artist with a crazy love for art in general (later he'll discover to be a great painter!).

The dark atmospheres "painted" by a distressing organ in the opening song "Il Nulla" (nothingness), introduces the desolation of this world now ended that sometimes remind me the intro of the album "Inferno" by Metamorfosi. The whirl of thoughts that kidnap the mind of protagonist in "Su Una Rupe" (on a cliff) is represented by many changes of time that makes more fragmentary not only this piece, but the entire album. The voice appears as a lamentation of a desperate man afflicted by these visions, that try to understand the essence of men. To searching something the astronaut walks alone in "Il Mondo Cade Su Di Me" ( the world falls on me). The song is opened by beautiful arpeggios in Led Zeppelin style, and later obsessive rhythms of piano and bass give to us an idea of the walk trough the nothingness with some chorus on background, that seems to come from hell damned. Maybe this is their best musical passage."Nel Mio Quartiere" (in my neighborhood / area) is a nice jazz intermezzo, in fact the lighter side of these tones maybe remembering his childhood games. But here's return in "L'Ombra" (the shadow) the previous obsession that leaves no way out. A mixture of anxiety and madness that instruments reproduce perfectly, with a repetitive piano and usual distressing voice and crazy laughter. The beautiful "Un Palco Di Marionette" (a puppets stage) is a memorable song characterized by flute and piano with some Jethro Tull passages, in which is expressed a "sweet" criticism to the men that are little and without will, oriented only to their unnecessary problems. This is maybe their better piece, and in RPI certainly one the most memorable. The last song "Sogni Di Cristallo" (crystal dreams) sounds lighter however highlighting that all is lost, that "there are a thousand colors, that have no more colors".

A very impressive sound, with tracks that were often "segmented and interrupted" sharply, giving the impression of a confused work, sometimes. However this is a classic RPI album to listen to, made maybe by the youngest RPI band (the oldest was 22 years)!

4 Stars - An album not to be missed.

Utnapishtim | 4/5 |


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