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3 stars Frightening cover for this debut album of "Taproban". A modern Italian band.

Strangely enough, while several bands are featured in the Italian symphonic genre while they should better sit in the neo or even jazz-rock one, I have the impression that it is the reverse situation with "Taproban".

Most of the music available on this album is deeply influenced by the sumptuous Italian symphonic music than some of us like so much (and I am one of them). During the complex "L' Enigma" and its Cinema Show oriented rhythmic and keyboards for instance or in the short La Tartaruga....

Songs are on the short edge (except one) and leaves little space for development. Nevertheless, "Pegaso." is one of my fave. It holds a splendid melody (it is one of the rare track with vocals) and rocks alright. Synth work is also particularly well achieved. But I could have had another slice of it though.

One of the most chaotic "song" from this album is without any doubt "La Casa Pendiente". If it were not by some "vocals" it would fully remind me of "The Waiting Room" on "The Lamb". Same structure and same opacity. You can easily skip that one.

If there is a track which notably emulates "ELP" on this work , "Il Signore Del Bosco" will be the one. Not deeply passionate but close enough to remind us the shadow of Keith Emerson. And the good work goes on with the pastoral and subtle "La Ninfa Dormiente". Sure that this song will bring her rest and tranquillity (the sleeping nymph is the title.). A warm and fully symphonic little piece.

A good introduction to the pièce de résistance. The epic of this album : "L' Orco". A complex and intriguing song which combines nice interplay between keys and drumming (almost during the whole song). The first part is more joyful (probably thanks to these sweet piano notes) while L' Orco sounds dark and repetitive in the second half. During the closing section it flirts between Crimson and Genesis which is a pretty good combination...

This number should have been an ideal closing number, but instead we'll have to bear the medieval and useless Il Templo Araldico. Maybe the second blunder of this album; after La Casa Pendiente of course.

This album is not a jewel but a pleasant Italian album. Do not be afraid by its inclusion in the eclectic genre. It holds a lot of symphonic parts and should please most of the fans form this beautiful genre.

Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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