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Gli Apostholi


Rock Progressivo Italiano

2.44 | 7 ratings

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3 stars Two decent albums from a difficult period

Far from being a shoe-in at any progressive rock website Gli Apostholi caused a bit of heartburn during their evaluation process. While they had been around since the mid 60s Italian beat period there was never an early 70s statement album solidifying their RPI credentials. Instead the original incarnation split up just as the party was getting started and missed the explosion, at least from a recording perspective. It was in the late 70s when RPI was descending that a renewed Gli Apostholi became a reality. As one lets their two albums seep in over time it becomes apparent that they were indeed a part of the story. They are one of the many bridge bands who operated in RPI's most difficult period from the late 70s-80s, holding down the fort during the tough days that preceded the great renaissance which came later and continues to this day.

Their two albums are quite different with the second one having a more "prog rock" sound but with the influence of the early 80s. This one had a much more Ital-pop sound featuring the short songs and the traditional Italian song feel. This album recalls artists like selected Battisti, Enzo Capuano, Adriano Monteduro, and Franco Maria Giannini. For outside references I dare say there is a bit of mid-late 70s Cat Stevens feeling running through some parts. Here though the songs can be more folk-rock based, with an occasionally "twangy" feel while still maintaining some rock punch. The musicians are a joy to listen to, very tight, while the vocalist reminds me of my friend Stefano Testa on many of the songs. Light symphonic touches are evident, there are soft backings of piano, mellotron, and synthesizer. The guitars are more often than not acoustic with tasteful electric solos. Other tracks run the gamut from beautiful, romantic piano ballads to tight rockers with a bold bass presence. The songwriting is of good quality and interesting throughout, even if most of them fade out in relatively short order. No epic 20 minute numbers here!

This is a really worthwhile little collection of Italian songs with a very light progressive touch, mostly for fans of the Italian canzone and singer-songwriters. While you won't find it on any RPI top 10 lists, it is something worth hearing after you have a good taste for the genre. Effortless, enjoyable listening. And while the second album may be more fitting for PA I think I actually prefer this one. From the fun opening romp "Il Pesce Rosso" to the unapologetically sentimental closer this is a very touching recording. 3 1/2 stars.

Finnforest | 3/5 |


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