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Franco Battiato


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.71 | 10 ratings

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Paco Fox
3 stars

In 1979, Battiato left the world pf prog and experimental music for a special kind of pop approach to songwritting. More than twenty years later, some of the sounds that made him one of the most important proggers in Italy have come back with this album.

That's not saying this is a completly prog CD nor a follow up to "Sulle Corde Di Aries" (his last effort before going more experimental than prog-rock). What you can find in this CD is another evolution in his sound that gets him again closer to rock and more adventurous things that you could find in his most famous 80's output.

You can stll have some pop tracks ("Odore di polvere da sparo" or the oriental-ish "Le aquile non volano") or his calm, classical-influenced songs he made in the 90s ("La porta dello spavento supremo"), but most of the time the complexity of the arrangements are the main point of each song: the strangeness of the single "Ermeneutica" or "23 coppie di cromosomi", wich could have been feeatured in "Pollution" or "Fetus". And let's not forget the duet with Cristina Scabbi in "I'm That", a song with perfectly defines the ecclecticism of the CD.

A very short album, but each song is so personal that it feels it has no need of more filler material. Not recommended for the average prog fan, but for those who enjoyed early Battiato and want to catch up with what he's doing now. For the long- time Battiato fan, it's essential.

Paco Fox | 3/5 |


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