Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
Franco Battiato - L'Arca Di Noč CD (album) cover


Franco Battiato


Rock Progressivo Italiano

2.35 | 21 ratings

From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Prog Reviewer
2 stars If I remember correctly, when "L'Arca di Noč" (Noah's Ark) came out, "La Voce del Padrone" was still in the rankings, such was great and long its success. Noah's Ark had the ungrateful task of providing a follow-up to this bestseller that had agreed public and critical. Did it succeed? In terms of sales, yes: he managed to reach the first place in the Charts and stay there long (not as much as the predecessor). At the level of the public, no, there is no way to match La Voce del Padrone. L'Arca di Noč was an unsuccessful album, which contains only two classics: "Radio Varsavia (Warsaw)" and "Voglio Vederti Danzare" (I Want to See You Dance).

The first, which is the opening of the album, indicates a less cheerful mood than La Voce del Padrone. "Radio Varsavia" is a good electronic track with a thrilling mood, a dramatic pathos (Vote 7,5). "Voglio Vederti Danzare" is an happy electronic piece, carefree, with a waltz finale, that could have been on the previous album (Vote 7,5).

The second song, "Clamori", is one of the most conventional songs (strophe-refrain) with an uninspired melody (vote 6). The third song, "L'esodo" (The exodus) is the longest (almost five and a half minutes) and maybe the best song (vote 8), thanks to the initial chorus (Madrigalisti di Milano), to the epic and austere mood (and the arrangement by the master Giusto Pio). End of side A. Two good songs, and a quite bad song.

"Scalo a Grado" (Stop in Grado) brings a carefree and danceable rhythm, typical of La Voce del Padrone, but it is not very effective: it could be a scrap of the previous album (vote 6+). "La Torre" (The Tower) is perhaps the worst piece of the album, a danceable dance with a social satire, that does not go anywhere (vote 5,5). What Have I Said? That The Tower is the worst piece? Sorry, I must correct myself: the worst piece is "New Frontiers", maybe another scrap of the prevoius album (vote 5+). After that, comes Voglio Vederti Danzare, the last track.

Medium quality of the songs: 6,57. Vote album: 6+. Two Stars.

jamesbaldwin | 2/5 |


As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Share this FRANCO BATTIATO review

Social review comments () BETA

Review related links

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives