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CLIC

Franco Battiato

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.56 | 34 ratings

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andrea
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2 stars "Clic" is the first one of a series of albums that many people find almost impossible listening to... On this album there's no much room for rock and "to be progressive" here means most of all experimenting new sounds and effects... In this period Battiato became more and more involved in avant-garde and less and less interested in commercial feedback, almost "trying to destroy the ghosts of his past"...

The opener "I cancelli della memoria" is mysterious like a horror film soundtrack... "At the gates of the memory" a sax appears like a ghost before melt back giving room to an interesting rhythm pattern...

Experimental sounds introduce also "No U Turn", the only track on this album featuring lyrics and a "conventional" vocal part soaring "upon seas of irrationality"... In my opinion this is the best track on the album and it's the closest one to the sound of Battiato's previous works...

The third track, "Il mercato degli dei", is a minimalist piece where synthesizer and piano arpeggios draw an "ethereal atmosphere", while "Rien ne va plus: andante" is an experimental and almost self-ironic collage of classical music hints... Definitely unconventional but not completely convincing!

Another good track is "Propriedad prohibida", an interesting example of electronic music with a "spacey flavour" featuring strings and synthesizers... The last two tracks are frankly weak: "Nel cantiere di un'infanzia" in my opinion is a clumsy mix of experimental sounds and Mediterranean melody, while "Ethika fon ethika" is nothing but scattered sounds put together with the "collage" technique...

In the whole "Clic" is not an essential album, but it could be very interesting for fans and experimental music lovers...

andrea | 2/5 |

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