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Angelo Branduardi


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.43 | 11 ratings

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3 stars A trained musician, an inspiration to others!

This is what i think about Angelo Branduardi, actually i know very little about him or his music, but from what i know is that he became a musician since he was a child, he learnt to play the violin in a recognizable Italian school, and he is nowadays a well known artist in the local musical scene, his music can be an example of Rock Progressivo Italiano, due to his classical influences and folkish oriented music he has created.

This album entitled La Luna, has been my introduction to his music, and i must say that i am very pleased with it, released in that far year of 1975, in the decade where a lot of Italian bands an artists raised their flags in order to show the world how prolific they were (are, of course), a decade when the albums that marked our destiny were released, and also a decade where a lot of those artists disbanded or simply dissapeared after one or two albums. Angelo Branduardi came up with his beautiful music, which may not be considered as prog rock as a whole, but that did belong to that musical and political movement from the 70s called Rock Progressivo Italiano.

This album features 9 songs, almost 35 minutes of music all of them are short songs and kicks off with the title track La Luna which is a soft and melodic song with the traditional italian flavour, acoustic song. Tanti Anni Fa has the same style, the vocals are beautiful i love that language and when its sung with nice music, is much better of course, this song is very nice, the bass lines as the strongest instrument on here, acoustic guitars and a nice and catchy rythm. Donna Mia starts with a piano sound and then the vocals enters, let me tell you that they are beautiful vocals, which makes the listening more pleasant, the music actually follows the same line during the whole song, but in addition we will hear the violin sound, which makes it still better. Gli Alberi Sono Alti is a song with a totally italian folkish flavour, acoustic guitars and some harmonica there, a beautiful song, but being strict, hardly progressive. Notturno, one of my favourite songs here, beautiful music actually very calm and mellow at the beginning, then it turns a bit faster and the violin enters again making the song better, then do you want some prog?, you will find it here, the second part of the song is the best, musically talking is superb. Rifluisce il Fiume has a beginning alike to the previous songs very soft and calm, but then it turns into a totally folk song, traditional italian folk i mean, not really prog folk, you will hear the flute sound on here. Confesioni di un Malandrino is actually the same line as the other ones, when we are reaching the final episodes of the album, it doesn`t show anything new, but still good of course. Primavera is another of my favourites, this time the beginning is different with some bass lines and drumming, then guitars and vocals enter, the sound is exquisite italian folk, also there is a wind instrument. La Danza is the one that closes the album, very nice song with the same style, nothing more.

This album is actually pretty good, if you like the italian language and music, you will find it enjoyable, but let me warn you, this album can be hardly described as a progressive rock album, nor italian symphonic, since their prog elements are just a few, no matter the obvious italian flavour and the folk sound. As a prog reviewer, i may rate it with 2 stars for the same reasons, the lack of prog elements, but i will give it 3 stars because i like it and may be a worth listening to some of you.

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 3/5 |


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