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CONCERTO GROSSO N. II

New Trolls

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

2.95 | 65 ratings

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apps79
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2 stars By mid-70's and after the short story both of Ibis and New Trolls Atomic System,De Scalzi and Palo re-united their forces to begin a new chapter in New Trolls history.Original drummer Gianni Belleno was there and the trio completed the line-up with Ibis' bassist Frank Laugelli and ex-Nuova Idea singer/guitarist Ricky Belloni.As with many bands trying to re-capture some of their past glory,the new New Trolls chose to make a sequel of the famous ''Concerto Grosso'',so in 1976 ''Concert grosso no.2'' was released on the short-lived Genova-based Magma label.

The first two-three tracks are a good example of what New Trolls are capable for: Hard Classical-adapted Rock alternating with soft rock filled with various grandiose strings,good work on electric piano and carefully arranged multi-vocal parts.From ''Quiet seas'' things turn into the wrong way:a poor piano-driven ballad with funny vocals to say the least but with a sensitive guitar-based ending solo.The acoustic ''Vent'anni'' isn't much better,poor and uninspired music with awful multi-vocals.''Bella Come Mai'' is an even worse Pop Rock ballad with the worst vocal lines I've heard in a long time.Another ballad in line is ''Let it be'' by Curtis, Delanoe and Becaud and I begin getting uncomfortable,high-pitched vocals in BEE-GEES style all the way under soft melodic Pop Music.Horrible!The closing ''Le Roi Soleil'' is a very uneven track with some interesting symphonic musicianship under the nice guitar and keyboard work,but again vocals are terrible,while some parts of it are totally out of place.

New Trolls only managed to fall into the trap themselves created.To re-produce an album inspired by a previous work of your own is sometimes considered as lack of inspiration and that's the case here.The album contains only 12-15 minutes of interesting music,the rest being melodic soft Pop Rock music of the worst quality.Better avoid it,unless Classical-influenced Rock (but with strong amount of Pop) is among your major preferences.

apps79 | 2/5 |

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