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LA LUNA

Angelo Branduardi

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.43 | 11 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
4 stars This album is my introduction to the world of Angelo Branduardi. I got a batch of five of his albums. Based on this album, those four other albums must be worth investigating.

La Luna comes across as a nice mix of Italian prog and Italian pop. The type of music that melts the hearts of women and secures the reproduction of Italian citizens. In other words, the music is romantic throughout. I would not call the music simple though. It is true that it is mostly based around Angelo's voice and some minimalistic instrumentations. Mostly Angelo's own instruments; guitars, percussion and violin. But the arrangements are pretty sophisticated and so is the songs too.

For me, this album showcases what sets Rock Progressivo Italiano apart from the rest of the prog scene. The folk music based romantic music and the excellent vocals which is more an instrument than communication (I do not understand a word Italian). This music communicates Italy through and through more than glossy magazines from the local travel agents does. I have to admit visiting Italy is not on the list of my wish-list. But this album has changed my mind. Italy, be prepared.

The quality of this music is in other words great. Yes, it sailing very close to be melodramatic drivel. The two outstanding songs here are Gli Alberi Sono Alti and the next song Notturno. Both of them are two of the best Italian songs I have ever heard in my life. And I am not a beginner when it comes to Italian prog. Those two songs are alone worth the price of this album. A couple of songs are merely good, but does not devalue this album. So what we have here is a well hidden, but shining jewel in the Rock Progressivo Italiano genre.

4.5 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |

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