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CONTAMINAZIONE

Il Rovescio Della Medaglia

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.17 | 303 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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4 stars It is amazing to see how this band has been evolving in two years' time!

From a heavy music, they switched to an almost symphonic piece. I write almost because there are still some reminiscence of their past style, but very little actually. If you are into emotional and passionate music, this Contaminazione should please you quite a lot.

Since this concept album is about the life of Bach, there is no wonder that some classical influences are highly noticeable and wonderfully blended into this marvellous Italian style I love so much (I will never say it enough).

This album is also far much better produced than their earlier releases and my only concern would be that some of the songs are really on the short edge. The wonderful Ora Non Ricordo Piu should have been more developed IMO. It holds such a great melody.

The work of Pino Ballarini on the vocals is also very good. I would say even exceptional during the sublime La Mia Musica.

Some reviewers have pointed out some ELP influence, but I feel that it is not too much of a problem. Only a few tracks are related IMO (Scotland Machine for instance).

Most of the pieces are delicate and combines with a great brio the classical and the prog genre. It is really a marvellous example of complementarities between both styles: the best examples is Cella 503.

Il Rovescio Della Medaglia gets back with their first love (which was heavy music) during Alzo Un Muro Electrico. But it is only for a while. As they have done for most of the songs so far, they will combine these heavy notes with classical again. It is surprising but so original in this case.

This album is a real pleasure to listen to. The bombastic La Grande Fuga is such a fine way to close this work (again it features a similar ELPian approach). Just over thirty-six minutes of happiness, this is what is excepting you when you start to listen to this album. Because there is no way to either stop to listen to this album once you have started or to skip some pieces of it.

Four stars.

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |

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