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IL 13

Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso


Rock Progressivo Italiano

2.43 | 52 ratings

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2 stars This is the first "Banco" studio release since 1985. All of their eighties production (absolutely no exception) is to be ranged into the poorest one. In the meantime, "Banco" will release "Donna Plautilla" which was a compilation effort of their very early days (pre- Giacomo), an album called "Non Mettere Le Dita Nel Naso" which was more a Giacomo album (do you still follow me?) and a rework in of their album "Darwin" (released in 72). This exercise being recorded in 1991.

This album starts promisingly with "Dove Non Arrivano Gli Occhi". A short and spacey instrumental. Really pleasant and far much better than all their boring stuff of the eighties. I was really surpised to hear this and I wondered if "Banco" would revert to a certain prog approach in their music. Unfortunately, the answer is NO.

"Sirene" is just an attempt to a more rocking number. Poppish, insipid and useless. Not as bad as the disco/electro beat music which we have to suffer for such a long time; but just flat music without any vitality, heart, imagination. Dull actually (like "Brivido"). The next song "Guardami le spalle" is not a jewel but at least Giacomo is more involved and the melody of this low paced song is nice. A bit similar to some "Gabriel" production. When compared to the poor "Anche Dio", "Guardami" almost sounds as a good song.

Do you want to listen to "Banco" 's funky side ? Just have a try with "Spudorata". This is really a bad track, believe me. The best thing to do of course is just to press next. You'll reach one of the few good songs of this album : "Bambino". It opens brilliantly with a very passionate Giacomo (lead vocalist) but after two minutes or so of emotional vocals, the song ends in a rock and mellowish ballad; but again when compared to the other material, it stands out.

Some rockier number with "Tremila - Rock Prove", but again this is not a good track.

A nice romantic ballad is also worth a listen like "Tirami Una Rete". One of the best (but scarce) moment of this album.

The band switched from disco to pop/ rock which is better of course. Actually it could not be worse than their eighties production, but still we are not in front of a great come back. At this time of their career, "Banco" will only release compilations and live material which is probably the best thing they had to do. Two stars.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |


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