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3.93 | 58 ratings

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3 stars Syndone return with the third album. Everyone thought this band was a goner after their Inca album. Well, wrong.

The return shows up what Nico Comoglio, the man behind Syndone, has been up to since the last album. The basis is still faintly RPI, but Melapesante is a lot more than RPI. The first impression is that Nico must have heard a lot on Radiohead albums. Some of Riccardo Ruggeri vocals is really Thom Yorke'ish. So is some of the music too. But there is a lot more to it than that. Some old style pop and folk hall singalong pop music is also very present here. So is blues, jazz and rock. RPI in the vein of Angelo Branduardi is present here. So is The Nice. In short; this album has a lot of very different voices.

Melapesante is also bordering to be a fractured album which is perhaps too ambitious. It is based on Nico's tangents and Riccardo Ruggeri's vocals. There is no electric guitars on this album and that is a rare event, a RPI album without electric guitars. Which gives this album both a very contemporary and almost a 1930s jazz soundscape.

The quality is good throughout. The title track is very good. My gripes is the lack of some really great songs. I appreciate the music here and find is good. But it does not enthuse me. This is an album I wanted to rate highly, but I can't. I would still recommend it though to the many RPI fans here in ProgArchives. Melapesante brings something different to the RPI smorgasboard than the usual fare. That's for sure.

3 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |


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