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Franco Battiato


Rock Progressivo Italiano

2.83 | 14 ratings

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2 stars Nobody but nobody can write and perform a romantic ballad like Franco Battiato, with a sublime blend of gooey shmaltz and sheer progressive verve. I am speaking specifically about "La Cura" on this release, 4:03 of spine tingling bliss. thanks to an arresting melody, shimmering keys and matching lead guitars. I can't think of an English language singer who can really pull this off. We have plenty who provide the sentimentality without the muscularity, and vice versa, but ne'er the twain shall meet in Shakespeare's tongue.

Unfortunately, most of the rest of this CD succumbs to technology, gimmickry, and compositional laziness. Battiato seems to be content to come up with fine literary ideas and then just put them out there in that multilingual way of his. Most of the tracks provide fleeting moments of interest but generally pass by without incident, a background blend of nigh spoken verses, simple rhythms and technical bleeps and blurps.

If you, as it appears most people on the site, do not have much exposure to the 1990s version of Battiato, this is probably not the place to start. The title translates to "Hidden", and so its supposed treasures remain even after providing it with an abundance of second chances.

kenethlevine | 2/5 |


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