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Hunka Munka


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.10 | 31 ratings

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2 stars Hunka Munka? What is that?

That was my first reaction when i see the name of Hunka Munka for the first time, it was a year ago while i was chatting with my friend also member of PA Cucacola54 and he was listening to it, i asked what the hell is Hunka Munka, and that is how i got into this.

An extrange nickname indeed, oh sorry i skipped that, Hunka Munka is not the name of a band, but an Italian (and talented) musician called Roberto Carlotto, who i don't know why did he choose this terrible nickname, and if i am not wrong, according to my memory, he was also member of I Dik Dik later.

So Hunka Munka released just one album, this one of course, called Dedicato a Giovanna G, which has a total time of 35 minutes divided in 11 short but nice songs. Let me tell you that Carlotto is the keyboard player and the man who provides the vocals, there were two more musicians who helped him with the drums and guitars/bass, one of them was Ivan Graziani, the other one i don't remember his name.

This album is a combination of soft prog moments with some folk roots, but also there is a poppish feeling on it, this is not the kind of RPI albums that you will love because of it's musical content, i mean, it is an obscure and rare album that is worth listening if you like the RPI movement, but if don't, you may consider this as just another one hit wonder thich actually was not a wonder.

The album kicks off with Nasce un Giorno, it is just an opener, like an introduction, short song with soft music and some vocals. Ruote e Sogni is on the other hand, the longest song of the album, almost 6 minutes and it has a predominat keyboard sound, actually like a church organ which is accompanied by an excellent drumming, it has some time changes, and the vocals are very melodic, there is a part of the song when you will be caught by the music especially when it gets heavier, which is not the essence of the album L' Aeroplano D'Argento shows what i stated earlier in this review, after the previous song with a heavier style and being a prog song, this song turns to be a totally pop song, not bad at all, but there are better. Next one is Catedrali di Bambu is a very nice song that has acoustic guitars and a magnific orchestration, this song is VERY RPI, and i am not referring exactly to the progressiveness, but to the sound itself, some of you know what i mean, sorry if i'm not clear but anyway, this is without a doubt one of the best moments of the album, and one of my favs as well. Anniversario begins with a calm mood, the music creats an atmosphere that alng with the vocals and a constant bass bit, provokes a state of peace on you. Then there are some kind of repeated vocals, like an echo and sounds cool actually, the second part of the song is instrumental and it suddenly fades out, but actually after a few seconds it resurrects, pretty nice song. Io Cantero per Te starts with some kind of classical arrangments followed by some heavier guitars, then when the vocals enters, the song becomes really soft and again with a poppish feeling, i could even say it becomes in a ballad, but despite having nothing to do with prog, the people who love the Italian language, will love this song. Intermezzo No.1 , with this song we are reaching the final 10 minutes of the album, there are 5 songs but short ones, this is just piano and vocals, nothing to be proud of. Giovanna G. features again some acoustic guitars and this has a faster tempo which reminds me to some 60s american music, a ... jaja. Intermezzo No.2 is another one-minute song with organ and vocals, nothing more. Il Canto Dell'Amore sadly doesn't return to the proggy side of th album, it follows the same poppish line as the previous songs, anyway it is not bad but i thought it would feature more challenging moments. Muore Il Giorno is the song that closes the album with a very nice mood, actually it is a happy song with some vocals harmony and a poppish feeling again.

Well, i do not consider this as a bad album, but i was expecting something better of course, talking about prog rock, this album has just a few moment which can be count ith one hand's fingers, so i would only recommend it to die hard RPI fans, and those who simply want to discover more and more music. My final grade is 2 stars, just for fans.

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 2/5 |


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