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CONCERTO GROSSO PER I NEW TROLLS

New Trolls

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.74 | 226 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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3 stars When heavy prog meets classic.

When Tull meets classic.

When classic meets Italian prog.

Pick up one of your choice and be sure not to be far away from the content of this album.

I have never been over enthusiastic about the mix of an orchestra and rock artists (being prog or not). No that this one is bad but in general, the orchestra tends to have more of a leading role, which I don't like too much ("Cadenza"). On the other hand, the overture is quite interesting and should please any Tull fan thanks to a very similar flute play ("Allegro").

The same approach applies to "Shadows". After a mellow sung part, the tracks moves on towards a more rock angle and finishes with an homage to the guitar master: Jimi Hendrix. This track although not brilliant is another good moment from this album.

Hopes for great stuff reside in the epic "Improvvisazioni Registrate in Diretta" which means that this track is "an improvisation recorded live". No more, no less. This leads to a quite chaotic but fine intro. Some parts are again very much Tull esque which is of course not to annoy me. But the filiation is probably too obvious, hence derivative.

Another influence is the Heep during some vocalized parts. Again, I quite like these moments but what's the originality?

The good point is that the orchestra is not featured and that we have a full blown (heavy) prog song being played. Excellent organ work and drumming is quite effective as well. Still, I fully share the opinion of some fellow reviewers who believe that a six minutes drum solo on a studio album is probably not the most interesting way to promote your music.

My rating is more conservative than lots of five stars I've seen for this album. Three stars. A good album but nothing too innovative nor spectacular as far as I'm concerned.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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