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Franco Battiato


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.66 | 91 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars I knew this would be good when the Gnosis site rates it as the 41st best Italian album of all time. Of course Franco's follow-up to this (his masterpiece) is rated even higher. His VCS3 synthesizer is all over this album, in fact four of the five band members play synths.This is a concept album that is fascinating on many levels. It's one of those albums that is very interesting to listen to and it certainly holds my attention throughout. I love how spacey and dark it can get making it feel like i'm in this dream.

"Il Silonzio Del Rumore" opens with Classical music and laughter. It sounds like we are listening in on some musical or something. It changes 1 1/2 minutes in as we get guitar, organ and experimental sounds taking over.This is great ! It blends into "31 Dicembre 1999-Ore 9" where we get a loud explosion right away. "Areknames" opens with keyboards then the vocals eventually join in around 2 minutes followed by vocal melodies. It's experimental before 3 minutes. Excellent track. "Beta" is haunting to start as almost spoken vocals come and go. A beat takes over after 1 1/2 minutes. It's spacey as well.Piano joins in. We are tripin' people ! Love this stuff.Guitar after 5 minutes. A change before 7 minutes as spoken words and what sounds like strings take over to end it.

"Plancton" has relaxed guitar but aggressive synths that build.The vocals after 2 minutes are very psychedelic sounding. Lots of atmosphere too. Synths to the forefront before 4 minutes. "Pollution" opens with the sounds of waves rolling in. Strummed guitar and affects join in.Vocal melodies after 2 minutes.The synths get loud after 3 minutes then it settles with vocals before picking back up. It calms right down after 5 1/2 minutes.You can hear faint sounds and it's dark. Strummed guitar and vocals before 7 minutes then that dark calm ends it. Amzing tune. "Ti Sei Mai Chiesto Quale Funzione Hai ?" is spacey and haunting as the sounds of someone crying can be heard.

4.5 stars and if you want to check Franco out then pick up this one or the follow-up album which are his best.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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