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Latte E Miele


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.59 | 111 ratings

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3 stars Latte e Miele's second album is another attempt to blend classical influences with rock. pop and jazz. The result is not completely convincing and this work, in my opinion, marks one step back for the band.

The title-track has nothing to do with the character of the famous Henri Charrière's novel. It's a long suite that tells the story of a puppet of wood called Papillon. The puppet runs away from the showmen's booths to explore the world of men ("La fuga"). After the "break-through", Papillon arrives in the market place of a village ("Il mercato") where he meets a little girl who "stirs" his feelings ("L'incontro"). The people of the village think that he wants to harm the girl and they arrest him ("L'arresto"). Then they put him on trial and Papillon is sentenced to death ("Il verdetto"). Just before the execution he begins to cry and becomes a little boy ("La trasformazione"). Then he runs away ("Corri nel mondo")... The singing parts and the lyrics are a kind of nursery rhyme intertwined with good instrumental breaks, but in the whole this track is absolutely nothing special. In my opinion it's too long and it risks to be boring.

More interesting are the other tracks. Good the short instrumental "Divertimento" and the final track "Strutture", where the classical influences are blended with jazz. The complex "Patetica" is a kind of "fantasia" trying to mix classical music with rock and jazz. It's divided into three parts: excellent the first and the second one (where you can easily recognize an excerpt from Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" melting into jazz rock), while the third part is an effort to mix classical influences with melodic pop (and uninspired lyrics).

In the whole "Papillon" is not a bad album, but it's very far from essential indeed!

andrea | 3/5 |


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