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New Trolls


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.00 | 92 ratings

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3 stars The second one!!

After having read a magnific Kotro`s review of Concerto Grosso per 1 e 2, i decided to do the same, obviously with my words and own style, and also i will review this album first and not the No.1 though i believe i should review it first.

Five, yes 5 years after the release of their best and probably most beloved album "Concerto Grosso per 1" they wanted or at least tried to repeat the success that the first one had, but despite i really love this album, i think the first one is much better, by far, so the attempt failed sadly, but again, that does not mean that this is a bad album, not at all!!

While the first one features 5 songs, this time they included 3 more songs in this album, with a different flavour and orientation, but anyway, very "Newtrollesque", again they had the magnific collaboration of Luis Enriquez Bacalov, he made the first 3 compositions on this album and i believe it is very noticeable, it is not good to compare, but maybe is a general disease when some movie or album has second parts, we always use to compare if the second is better, worse, if it reached the goal or not, if its alike or not, so the comparations are endless, returning to the point, as i said above Bacalov puts his talent here again and delight us with the first 3 compositions of this album, which are 1 tempo: Vivace,2 tempo: Andante (Most Dear Lady) and 3 tempo: Moderato - (Fare You Well Dove) , the first one is actually reminiscent to Concerto Grosso per 1, it has almost 5 minutes of strings, orchestra and magnific sound, something exquisite, the second one is shorter with a more delicate sound, a beautiful song actually with wind instruments and soft strings, here the vocals appear for the very first time in the album with English lyrics and chorus, very nice song with great guitar solos at the end, and the third movement is probably my favorite of these movements, excellent performance, superb guitar playing, great synth soundscapes which let you know that his band has a terrific composition level, this is one of the best songs of the entire album actually, so please pay an special attention to this, i am sure you will love it, the violin playing is also magnific.

"Quiet Seas" is a ballad and it marks a notable change in the album`s direction, which is not what we expected but anyway it is not that bad after all, i had the luck of attending to a New trolls concert some months ago and it had its highs and lows, some outstanding prog moments like the first songs of this album, and then pop and maybe boring songs like these. "Vent`Anni" is alike to the previous one, a soft ballad but this time more guitar oriented, harmony vocals and a peaceful ambient. "Bella Come Mai" continues with the same direction, i would like to point out that these songs are not bad but quite different to the first ones and you may probably hate them because of that, it has some vocals a-la Queen and a nice rythm guitar. "Let it be me" is probably the poppiest of them all, i remember this song in their concert here in Mxico, my friends and i were not that happy while the band and part of the audience was really excited.

But i have great news, the last song of this album is simply superb, actually my personal all time favorite New Trolls song so please check it, "Le Roi Solei" backs to the proggiest side of the band without returning to the classical notes, it is a 5-minute song which starts with an increasing and powerful sound, totally crazy guitars and keyboard playing making a superb composition, then here we have harmony vocals as well, but they are great there is a moment of this song when it simply caught all my ears and attention and i can only say, wow! I was really lucky to see this in that concert in Mexico, it was a great performance of this great song.

So we may divide this album in 2, like if it were Concerto Grosso per 2.1 and per 2.2, that is not really good i would like to have here a one-direction album, but anyway the prog songs here are magnific and the pop ones not bad, though it i definitely not at the level of per 1.

3.5 stars, what should i do, 3 or 4 stars?? Well, hope you enjoy it!

memowakeman | 3/5 |


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