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CONTRAPPUNTI

Le Orme

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.93 | 185 ratings

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Andrea Cortese
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4 stars "Under the bed the Devil was crowing and, in the dark, the fear of sleeping."

It would be great you also could understand the Italian wonderful and always delicate lyrics from this historic band! Their keyboards' rich sound is really complete with Tagliapietra's voice. He is able to express the freshness of words painting gently the various conditions of man's heart and soul. A new member joined the band in 1974: Gian Piero Reverberi who helped to realize the album supporting Toni Pagliuca on piano.I think this was due to the need to have complete representation of the band's peculiarities during live performances. Anyway this album is different from the previous, being more introvert and, in some parts, more experimental.

I like for sure the instrumental tracks, in particular the remarkable opener Contrappunti. After a minute of orchestral-like intro starts the battle! Rapid fingers movement, keyboards and piano."cannon-shots" drums.sudden short moments of truce.Le Orme at their best!

Frutto Acerbo (Unripe Fruit) is a beautiful acoustically guitar played one, soft ballad about the melancholic mixed feelings of a young man who sees the end's sad beginning of his father's life whilst he's just starting to bloom: ".repeat to my father that the soup is getting cold.silence toward home, his cold hand." and ".the winter then came behind the sun, great and white.how much, how much love was bursting inside me.".

Aliante (Glider) is another instrumental track, perhaps the most experimental one in this 1974 album. Nice flying melody under percussions-like keyboard.

India is one of the highlights here, somehow darker than the previous songs. The lyrics are refine and about a woman in part obscure and in part wicked: ".mystical woman with bonze body, draw off treasures of ancestral loves, (you're are an) immense desert of hot ashes."; ".the proud fruits you trap in the mud.what a great wisdom is in the sitar, how much poison emits your incense.".

La Fabbricante di Angeli (Angels' Maker) is in part played in acoustic guitar with interesting fluting-like keyboards, great drums' work from Miki and well painted words!

Notturno (Nocturnal) is as slow played and melancholic as the title itself!

Maggio (May) is a great 8,50 mns epic with stunning bells' effects and inspired lyrics: ". I abandon myself to these sad chords in which one day I'll drown.".

Contrappunti is difficult to rate. It is great but lacks in something.anyway, the three stars are not enough!

Andrea Cortese | 4/5 |

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