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Franco Battiato


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.44 | 19 ratings

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5 stars This truly is a gem of Italian music, if not of worldwide music!

I got this when I was released, I was 13 and fell immediately in love with these songs; I knew Battiato from the songs of his early '80s pop period, but I was a kid and had no chance to investigate more and I had to live with what the radio passed on.

Here you find some of the absolute masterpieces of his career, not in a prog vein but I'd rather say techno-pop, with synthetic rhythms and orchestral arrangements: there are also piano ballads like "Il mito Dell'amore", a song sung in sicilian dialect (Veni L'autunnu) and one in arabic language (Zai Saman) but these are not new features in Battiato's discography.

Anyway, my favourite songs are the amazing "Oceano Di Silenzio", with no analog or digital drums at all, where the beat is given by the slow pulse of the synths reproducing the waves rhythm, and the more up-tempo "E Ti Vengo a Cercare", a sort of Battiato's "Red Rain"...

Hell, you know what? This is the italian "SO"... Battiato has surely been aware of Peter Gabriel's work, and I can hear lots of similarities here.

Truly worth investigating if you are not strictly addicted to odd time signatures and 20 minutes songs.

tortellino | 5/5 |


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