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3.34 | 41 ratings

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3 stars "Fear". This is the translation of the Italian word that can be catched with a bit of attention on the title track confused by the vocal effects, likely a vocoder.

This is another soundtrack for a Dario Argento's horror movie as big part of Goblin's discography. However the music is not strictly functional to the movie, in the sense that it hasn't been written, likely, to comment specific moments or situations but it's of the right kind to be used as comment by the director.

The opener sounds like a Mike Oldfield's tribute or clone. This is not a new, the famous band's debut "Profondo Rosso" was clearly in debt with Tubular Bells.

"Gemini" is really more interesting. In few more than three minutes it goes from Vangelis to Tangerine Dream to Krautrock. The work of Pignatelli at bass is remarkable.

Children are closer to the realm of the deads. This is why childish melodies, when distorted, can transmit a sense of fear. This is what "Slow Cirkus" does. In musical terms it's a chime playing little outtuned surrounded by spacey sounds.

"Lesbo" is totally different. Initially the guitar sounds similar to Blue Oyster Cult's Don't Fear The Reaper then it evolves into a slow-rock instrumental driven by Simonetti's keyboards. Nice and easy, a bit dated to the 80s in the sounds. In the middle of the song, after few seconds of silence it unexpectedly turns into space rock.

"Flashing" is Krautrock. Electronic music of the 80s, like late Tangerine Dream or also Kraftwerk. After 3 minutes the repetitive electronic melody is replaced by drums and spacey sounds, then it reprises in the last minute just more noisy.

The reprise of the title track appears darker. It's less electronic and there are less drums. It's more functional to comment a movie and surely more symphonic. The word "Fear" is disappeared.

"Waiting Death" starts where the previous track ends but with a church organ. It makes me think to Wakeman's Criminal Record. Here "Fear" is reprised. It's more a follow-up to the previous track than a track of its own.

Two minutes of keyboard and guitar close the album. "Jane Mirror Theme" has an organ part that reprises Waiting Death before fading out.

A good album that doesn't pay too much to the fact of being a soundtrack. It can be appreciated alone, without knowing anything of the movie (that I haven't ever seen). 3 well deserved stars.

octopus-4 | 3/5 |


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