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Franck Carducci


Crossover Prog

3.48 | 84 ratings

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3 stars Franck Carducci is a prog fan since he came in contact with the music of Genesis and Pink Floyd. He's a multi-instrumentalist and already has been a member of numerous bands in the past. In 2010 though it was Steve Hackett who encouraged him to produce an album containing self-made compositions. His debut 'Oddity' shows some influences from diverse bands indeed, speaking of The Carpet Crawlers cover version first of all, where he's supported by folk singer Yanne Matis. Leading us through tales inspired by English literature and Greek mythology his own songs are the real treasure though, especially the opener Achilles - a successful 15 minute suite arranged with a gentle symphonic fundament.

Probably you can mention the Alan Parsons Project for a comparison regarding this six sections here first and foremost - his charming voice convinces, John Hackett's flute nicely appears in between. Compositionally this is well thought out with changes in speed and mood - enjoyable even after repeated requests. With The Quind he begins to drift into mainstream fields then, a lovely folk ballad where I especially want to point out the organ ínput. Alice's Eerie Dream brings us back to the common rocking path, a blues based tune basically, still lacking of prog substance though.

Given with obvious Hackett reference The Last Oddity easily can compete with the quality of the 'Achilles' suite then. Balladesque apriori but livelier later on, when some 'Echoes' adapted jamming attitude comes up with fine organ and guitar interaction. While mixing up prog and mainstream textures Franck Carducci offers nice accessible songs on 'Oddity', some of them show real potential. A solid, technically skillful debut, worth a listen.

Rivertree | 3/5 |


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