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New Trolls


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.00 | 92 ratings

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3 stars "The New Trolls" are back after a short break which allowed both leaders (Di Palo and De Scalzi) to play and enjoy their own musical experience.

They came back and TNT were reunited. For worse or for better? Well, probably none of these.

When I listened to "Vivace" (the first movement), I thought of a second hand overture from "Tommy" (if you would exclude the classical elements). The second movement is quite dull and mellowish: the violins are invading this track and frankly, I can't find anything splendid in here.

Fortunately, the classical "suite" ends up on the best section: "Fare You Well Dove" holds all the element of the great Italian genre I have praised so much: skilled acoustic guitar, warm vocals, the fantastic crescendo building and the fine violin: each of which are genuine to this Italian feel. A highlight.

While their first concerto ended up on a twenty minutes extravaganza and improvised live track recorded in the studio ("Improvvisazioni Registrate in Diretta"); the second part of this one is made up of four tunes which are balanced between some pop mood ("Quiet Seas") which conveys a "Queen" memorabilia and some pastoral and mellowish item with nice vocal harmonies ("Vent'anni").

Now, to tell you that I am blown away by the cover of "Let It Be Me" would be somewhat untrue. Press next is the only advice to avoid this syrupy and useless song.

The closing track "Le Roi Soleil" holds more of a rock-opera tune. Again, the "Queen" feel is not alien: vocals, piano and song structure convey a feel of dj vu. Even if some parts are sung in French in reference to Louis XIV, king of France, don't try to understand these. It is my mother tongue and I'm pretty unable to grab anything?It is another good song from this very short offering.

"UT" is the reference for the band. If you should only own one, I would head of for this one. If a second one is needed: let's stick to their first "Concerto Grosso".

This is only an average album IMO. I will update it to three stars since two would be a bit harsh.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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