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Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso


Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.03 | 285 ratings

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4 stars No letdown here

Banco's first three albums are heralded by prog fans for good reason, they contain some of the finest progressive music out there. This title gets far less attention which is a shame as the usual letdown in quality some bands have after their acclaimed period is not present here. This is a solid RPI title by any definition. This album is in some ways their most accomplished to date, featuring incredible arrangements and wonderful composition. Yes the long epics have been replaced by shorter pieces but they are very engaging. Blending classical and jazz influenced jamming into their usual complex dramatic stew, at first the album can be a bit overwhelming and less accessible. It may not grab you as immediately as the earlier albums, but give it time and it will. Those passionate vocals, the dual keys which merge organ and fantastic piano, and the dynamic guitar playing. It's all there in great abundance. The songs range from the jamming "Il Ragno" to the gorgeous "Il Cose Buono," which features stunningly beautiful flute and classical guitar playing. They even retain some of the mischievous avant sound in "Slogan" though admittedly it is less wild than "Darwin." "La Notte e Piena" treats us to the sweet violin of Angelo Branduardi against light piano and flute, very delicate and emotional. The closing track returns to some of the album's earlier themes tying it up with cohesion. But I was astounded at how well-rounded and satisfying this album was so late in the classic RPI era, when many bands had packed it in already or were releasing lesser works. I only wish I had the Japan mini of this title, as the Virgin issue leaves something to be desired in both sound and packaging. 4 stars. Great album.

Finnforest | 4/5 |


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