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Rustichelli & Bordini


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.74 | 81 ratings

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3 stars RPI is an interesting genre amongst all that is progressive rock. It's a fun genre, aswell. When I say "fun" I mean entertaining, demanding, complex and enjoyable. That could be a description of so many bands but when it comes to RPI there is one word that need to be emphasised: drama. In most cases, I think, there is a huge dose of dramatics in the Music. Opera is surely associated with Italy, so no wonder, then, that the antics of the classical stage follows alongside the proggers of RPI.

Drama is in no shortage on this sole album by Rustichelli & Bordini. It is full of drama and emotion, twists and turns. Musically I find there is not much to complain about. Based around keyboards and drums one can't help but draw similarities to ELP, Quatermass, Aardvark, Greenslade and other bands daring enough to question the otherwise omnipresent guitar. To create a full sound the keyboard player needs to exploit his or hers instrument to the full. It is not simply enough that the player is in charge of a plethora of sounds, he or she needs to explore and expand upon it's possibilities. Paolo Rustichelli does that with grace and innovative playing.

Whilst the music is inventive and progressive enough, with that RPI flavor in full swing, the vocals leave me turned off. Sometimes I find that the singer tries to hard, maybe to disguise his or hers lack of vocal powers, with the result that the singing becomes overly harsh or strained. In the case of Rustichelli & Bordoni just that happens. Rustichelli sounds forced and unnatural. That is a shame.

In conclusion I feel that the music is great but the vocals gives me shivers and not in a good way. The music gets four stars but the vocals are only worth two. Based on that I will award "Opera prima" three stars.

GruvanDahlman | 3/5 |


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