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Museo Rosenbach


Rock Progressivo Italiano

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5 stars The perfect introduction for Rock Progressivo Italiano: 9/10

If you know a little about the progressive niche and its peculiarities - including subgenres - you might have a certain idea of what is RPI. Certainly, then, MUSEO's paradoxical debut will meet your expectations accordingly, mostly because they're an allegory of it. Explosive keyboards and organ sweeps, straightforward melodies, good exploitation of odd time signatures - y'now, those songs that even though are alternating measure, still feel fluid as 4/4; that is, while internally is complex, externally, sounds pleasant and not like technical showcase - and most importantly a superb and intense performance by the singer Stefano Galifi; all those elements are vividly present in ZARATHRUSTA. Their style is really reminiscent of BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO, for all fans out there.

One of prog rock's propositions is particularly perceptible throughout the album. The absurd influence from classical music (disclaimer: when I say "classical" I don't mean the characteristics of that musical period specifically but what us laypeople think of as 'classical', that is, anything from Baroque to Romantic) spices the performance.

I mentioned earlier this album is paradoxical. This happens because it suffered from vicious critical uproar for its polemical conceptuality (Nietzchean philosophy & Mussolini, two things that Italians deemed as fascist), met with misunderstanding at its release, but eventually, rightfully regarded as a towering masterpiece. But just like most artists' magnum opus, first, critics bash it, then, they love it.

Luqueasaur | 5/5 |


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