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Il Volo


Rock Progressivo Italiano

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3 stars Just a year after their self-titled debut Il Volo would return with the same line-up and a new album.''Essere o Non Essere?'' (''to be or not to be?'') was released again on Numero Uno.

While ''Il volo'' was a song-based light Symphonic Rock album, the Italian six-piece supergroup really turned the corner with ''Essere o Non Essere?'', offering an album of Symphonic/Jazz- Rock, where vocals are limited and music plays the first role.Actually only one track (''Essere'') features vocals, though there is some wordless singing in most oof them, and the work is almost exclusively based on a new instrumental approach.The guitars of Alberto Radius and Mario Lavezzi have now a very jazzy still strongly rock-oriented feeling and they are nicely blended with the Fusion-esque moog synth efforts of Vince Tempera and Gabriele Lorenzi and the deep bass work of Callero.Among these Prog/Jazz-Rock arrangements the listener will detect a number of Ethnic inspirations, greatly adapted by the musicians participating.Still the Italian romantic symphonicism is not gone and can be easily traced in the melodic guitar solos, opening intros and dominant organ parts (when present).

Afte the second Il Volo album Bob Callero left the group and he was replaced for a very short time by Era Di Acquario's Michele Seffer, though he did not record anything with the band as Il Volo split up a little later.

The sophomore release of Il Volo presented a group, which could easily transform the music from melodic to intricate passages, though the main absence of vocals and true dynamics hardly makes the album a masterpice.Still it belongs among the very good pieces of 70's Italian Prog and comes strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

apps79 | 3/5 |


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