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Franco Battiato


Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.09 | 109 ratings

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4 stars Franco Battiato has a really huge, prolific career. I would like to say that the worst meets the best. I've got a rather similar opinion with a band as Popol Vuh (despite that their awful years came later, at the very end of their career). The two first Franco Battiato's called Fetus and Pollution were honest but not transcendant eclectic prog efforts, mixing with personal pleasure sophisticated pop music to weird psych- electro experimentations. Sulle corde di Aries is without any doubts better, a special effort, a difficult, cryptic listening (but that's a good point here because musical ingredients & arrangements are combined with intelligence). The opening piece delivers a narcotic ambience, an atmospheric deluge throw avant garde noises and mysterious synth chords / oscillations. Aries develops a relatively similar mood and expression, focusing the interest on an effective melody, making a dialogue between trippy, surreal chords, acoustic elements, a ritual percussive rhythm and vague chorus. Some dancing brass parts come into the mix to develop a more achieved musical "trip". "Aria di Revoluzione" is a transportive, delectable, almost spiritual listen with female narratives (in German, nice!), stylish vocals in Italian, featuring a vast repertoire of instruments, always conjugating acoustic elements to abstract electronics. The atmosphere is delicately melancholic and epic. Imagine a missing link between Third Ear Band's ritual trance and Yatha Sidhra's intimate floating jazzy spacey soul for this track (but less complex than these two bands in terms of musical perspectives). The best thing I've heard from Battiato with his collaboration with Telaio Magnetico two years later. Strangely beautiful and positively emotional. Recommended. My review is dedicated to Micky who introduced me to this album.
philippe | 4/5 |


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