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Il Rovescio Della Medaglia - Contaminazione CD (album) cover


Il Rovescio Della Medaglia


Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.18 | 288 ratings

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2 stars Contaminazione is one of those RPI titles that come with long rounds of applause, but this is one where the sound of the applause is a lot more enjoyable then the actual music.

This album is a Bach goes heavy rock overkill of sorts. Baroque keyboard dashes, Keith Emerson inspired pomposity and brassy orchestrations try to hide the gaping hole that lies behind its exuberant form, a void consisting of empty pathos, shaky song writing, weak vocals and soulless music.

There are some usable riffs and ideas scattered throughout the album but the band had a hard time forging something meaningful from their Baroque ingredients. It largely sounds like a series of classical clichés jammed together with gaudy solos for guitar and tweeting teapot synths. Both schoolboy voices and strained emo vocals are added in attempt to put something resembling a song together. No luck. Listen to La Mia Musica as an example of the dreariest possible kind of sentimental pomposity. Luckily I was only 2 years when this album was released. Had I been older I would have launched the punk movement 3 years before it was due.

So far RPI had impressed me with some unlikely but very successful integrations of classical music with rock. Bands like Il Paese Dei Balocchi, Quella Vecchia Locanda and Campo Di Marte all succeeded gracefully in this most difficult of marriages. Contaminazione however is mostly a kitschy affair. And that in trying to emulate Bach, one of the most impressive of classical composers. Such a shame.

Bonnek | 2/5 |


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