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Blondie Fox


Crossover Prog

2.49 | 3 ratings

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2 stars A discovery of Mauro Moroni and Mellow Records, Blondie Fox was a 90's Italian duo, formed around singer Mirko "DeFox" Galliazzo and multi-instrumentalist Paul "Blondie" Gidoni, who both had a metal background, having played with the Metal group X-Hero.With Blondie Fox they were trying to break into new, more experimental grounds and their first recordings were associated by Nuvole di Paglia's Franco Serena and producer Aldo Menti at his studio in Valdagno.Their debut ''Aqua'' came out in 1996.

Now this is an album prooving that not anyone can play decent Prog/Art Rock.Apparently the Italians were a bit stuck in their past and the combination of new and old stylings sounds pretty directionless, unfocused and often hillarious.With an annoying drum machine and Galliazzo's high-pitched voice not suiting well with the style, Blondie Fox experimented with atmospheric soundscapes surrounded by hard-rockin' guitars and background synthesizers in a work that struggles to find a particular path to be built upon.So ''Agua'' contains echoes of acts such as ASGARD, BLACK JESTER, GARDEN WALL and the likes and add some Glam Metal/Hard Rock in the mix along with some bizarre distortions/effects, which seem to lead nowhere.Short keyboard instrumentals are followed by pompous Hard Prog with a crying voice and some nice guitar soloing but no more than that.This ends up to be totally incosistent with the changing climates hurting the album as a whole.Lack of decent instrumental moves or trully memorable material are negative factors as well.Moreover ''Agua'' lasts shorter than half an hour, which is pretty embarassing.

Reputedly the duo revisited Menti's White Studio for the recordings of a second album, which was said to be more interesting, but this one was never published.The only other document by Blondie Fox before their demise is the participation on Mellow Records' tribute album ''Zarathustra's revenge'', covering Il Balletto di Bronzo's ''Neve calda''.

''Agua'' is of less interest among prog fans.A mix of keyboard orchestrations, Hard Rock and lyrical Metal with no coherence, held down also by a mediocre recording process and sound quality.Not among a music fan's priorities.

apps79 | 2/5 |


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