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PALEPOLI

Osanna

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.23 | 240 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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3 stars The third album of the band has a completely different structure.

Two long epics for some forty minutes of Italian adventure. This album covers the whole spectrum of their music. Delicate vocals and fluting combined with some great mellotron passages, fantastic sax, and fine melodies.

You can find all of this in "Ora Caldo". But unfortunately, it is combined with some noisy experimentation (mainly in the start of this epic). The flute is of course providing some Tull flavour which is always pleasant to listen to.

The music is mainly solid and powerful, at times bluesy. As you can read, lots of different influences are investigated. Way too much, IMO. Each minute or so, the theme is totally changing with almost no relation with the previous one. Only the wonderful mellotron lines that are coming several times in the song can provide some sort of sense of continuity.

The scarce vocals maybe add to this impression. Still, the music is globally enjoyable. But one can easily get lost. During some more Crimsonian or VDGG oriented and less coherent parts for instance.

After an ethnic and short parenthesis ("Stanza Citta") one can embark for the second epic: "Animale Senza Respiro".

Very much in the same style of "Oro Caldo", If you are ever looking for delicacy, just pass your way. The sounds remain hectic, heavy, wild. Same sort of unstructured track.

This album is interesting and weird. Some times, a short and sweet vocal section still reminds you that you are listening to an Italian album. But they are directly compensated by the most bizarre atmospheres you can imagine. Again, themes are changing quite often and even some psychedelic/space-rock moments are available during "Animale".

But the core of this long track will plunge you in the dark and gloom moods. Only some fresh fluting and again this delicate mellotron are preventing the listener to fall into the most severe depression. This second epic has lots in common with VDGG. More than the first one. But even during Plague would the model have dared to have gone that far...

This is one of the most unconventional album I have been listening too. Maybe a bit too unconventional for my ears. Still, a good album to discover but not for an every day listening.

Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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