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Latte E Miele


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.59 | 111 ratings

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3 stars A controversial sophomore effort...

It's interesting that we rate Latte Miele's first album much higher than Papillon on average, to this date I found no less than four different sources exclaiming that this one is superior to the first. Well, I'm with our PA reviewers in that I prefer the debut album with its youthful exuberance to this more laid back album. This isn't a bad album by any means but it lacks the bite of the first. The 8-part 20 minute Papillion suite is first up and largely gone are the hard-edged choir vocals and hard rock electric guitar. This time around the music is much more keyboard oriented, with an overall more delicate sound from softer vocals and acoustic guitars. There are still some nice classical embellishments happening to make things grandiose and colorful. "Quarto Quadro" would be a good example of that. "Sesto Quadro" features some lovely piano. In the second track "Divertimento" the band takes to a jazzy approach . Another epic track is next in the 3-part "Patetica" which aims to experiment with jazz and classical influences in rock. It certainly is an interesting adaptation but it never quite moves me. Part 2 features a marvelous violin solo that is noteworthy as well as drum solo. Part 3 is very mellow and reminds me of The Moody Blues in its gentleness. There are some flutes and horns in the second half over tasteful rhythm section. "Struttere" is last and the jazz rhythm reminds of the background music from Charlie Brown, which is not a slam because I love Peanuts tv specials and their music. Some lovely piano and guitar flourishes are also present-great stuff.

A good album to be certain, recommended to fans of 70s Italian, but certainly not an essential title. The lp-sleeve re-issue is worth the few extra bucks if you're going to buy this, just to have the nice booklet with band history and photos. I also love how they frequently provide a scan of the original vinyl inner labels in the booklet. Very cool "attention to detail" item.

Finnforest | 3/5 |


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