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Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso


Rock Progressivo Italiano

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5 stars Review #189

Only Banco del Mutuo Soccorso would write a conceptual album about Charles Darwin's theories and, four years later, another one about Jesus Christ's last days. The return of Francesco Di Giacomo after the instrumental "Garofano Rosso" and the Italian lyrics that hadn't been present since "Io sono nato libero" made this album one of the greatest recordings in BMS' discography, sadly, I feel this album is still very underrated.

The album opens with "...a cena, per essempio", with some Asian-influenced music that reminds some works by Vangelis, then it changes to become a great rock piece with excellent guitar and keyboard lines and an amazing opening to this conceptual work. "Il ragno" is great, the most famous song from this record and a favorite in BMS live shows, Nocenzi's keyboards are at their top. "È così buono Giovanni, ma" is a beautiful acoustic soft ballad, with some great horn ornaments here and there. "Slogan" works as a powerful rock track that reminds me to "Cento mani e cento occhi" in "Darwin!", but the instrumental section that comes after the sung part is absolutely superb and that gives the song a higher rate.

"Si dice che i delfini parlino" continues with the strong rock that "Slogan" brought, the violin takes a huge presence on this piece and gives a kind of a Gentle Giant vibe. "Voilà mida (Il guaritore)" is definitely the highest peak of the record: every instrument (including Francesco's voice) exploits as its maximum in this masterpiece that experiments with jazzy rhythms, classical arrangements, and strong rock patterns, also a lot of Gentle Giant on this track. "Quando la buona gente dice" is the shorter track on the album: the electric guitar is replaced with acoustic but the drums, bass, and keyboards don't let it become a soft piece, then the folky Mediterranean rhythm and the choruses appear.

"La notte è piena" is a calm piece based on violin, acoustic guitar, clarinet, and very subtle percussions, invariably accompanied by Vittorio Nocenzi's piano. The last track is "Fino alla mia porta" which includes one of the most recognizable keyboard riffs (that later would be renamed "Capolinea"), the whole instrumentation is an explosion of flavors while Francesco Di Giacomo sang in a very powerful but yet very sweet way. Every single song on this album is an absolute masterpiece, there is absolutely no weak point on this.

SONG RATING: ...a cena, per essempio, 5 Il ragno, 5 È così buono Giovanni, ma, 5 Slogan, 5 Si dice che i delfini parlino, 5 Voilà mida (Il guaritore), 5 Quando la buona gente dice, 5 La notte è piena, 5 Fino alla mia porta, 5




I ranked this album #26 on my TOP 100 favorite Progressive Rock albums of all time.

Uruk_hai | 5/5 |


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