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Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso


Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.36 | 984 ratings

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5 stars #1 RPI album

Several years ago the only Italian bands I was familiar with were PFM, Le Orme, Osanna and Goblin. All very nice bands, but not top tier in my collection. That changed with BMS.

They had the eclecticism and technical proficiency of other bands in the genre, but something else really stuck out. This band had a singer that could stand on his own. So many acts have vocalists that basically become white noise and dont really add anything to(and sometimes subtract from) the music. Francisco Di Giacamo's voice is an instrument in the purist sense of the word. One does not need to understand Italian to be moved by the emotion in his voice. It is one of, if not the strongest part of the band.

The music holds very much to the conventions of early 70's symphonic rock Without being redundant or rehashing the work of others. But they also incorporate a texture of traditional Mediterainean (sp?) sounds which deepens the accoustics in a very comfortable, homey way. The opener 'Canto Nomade Per un Prigioniero Politico' is a 15:47 adventure of varying musical influence, strong with flowing piano work and grand stanzas. 'Non Mi Rompete' is a folksy accoustic guitar and vocal piece with a fun Moog solo. 'La Citta' Sottile' is another adventure in varying sounds, a bass heavy bridge with warm jazzy guitar activities breaking out into a frantic, spacey mood. 'Dopo... Niente ╚ Pi¨ Lo Stesso' is almost cinematic in its presentation and probably my favorite in an album that is hard to pick a favorite. It varies from very huge sounds to harpsichord laced interludes that grab the medulla oblongata and tie it in a not. 'Traccia II' rides the album off into the sunset simply, yet dramatically.

This is a moving masterpiece and a top 10 selection in my collection. If you don't have it, don't let another day go by without buying it. 5.9 Stars

Tapfret | 5/5 |


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