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GUDRUN

Pierrot Lunaire

 

Prog Folk

3.69 | 66 ratings

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colorofmoney91
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4 stars A unique mix of folk, electronic, and avant-garde with operatic vocals.

Definitely one of the most interesting bands to come out of Italy in the '70s, and even into the 21st century, Gudrun remains as one of the most unique albums I've heard. Being drawn to this group by their name and hoping that they sounded nothing like the A. Schoenberg work, I dived right into the first, self-titled track; with the sounds of acoustic piano noodling coupled with German-esque electronic music had me hooked. This first track is oddly one that I can actually compare to another Italian group, Albergo Intergalattico Spaziale, which is also mainly experimental electronic music with operatic vocals.

But immediately following one of the most unique tracks is one of the most beautiful tracks, "Dietro Il Silenzio", which starts off with a metallic Neptune-like intro before turning into one of the most depressingly beautiful piano melodies I've heard by heard that wasn't by F. Chopin.

Also featured on this album are tribal drums, Henry Cow-like noisy guitar playing, occasional folky melodies, and straight-up '70s rock licks. There is no shortage of variety on this album, and the grandiose attitude of it all gives it an undeniable Italian feel. This is what RPI fans should listen to once all of their favorite RPI artists have begun to sound the same; this is where that RPI mentality was taken to its limits.

Gudrun is compelling, unique, bizarre, and beautiful.

colorofmoney91 | 4/5 |

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