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Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso


Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.36 | 984 ratings

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Andrea Cortese
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5 stars " not wake me up, let me sleep, quiet like a child, smelling like a drunk..."

There are many reviews and opinions about Banco's their third album. The most part of people think Io Sono Nato Libero closes Banco's more relevant contribution to the world of progressive rock. The long suite opener titled "Cantico Nomade per un Prigioniero Politico" (I think it doesn't need any translation) is their "manifesto": 15,43 minutes of intriguing mix of styles, symphonic parts alternating with soft-rythmic acoustic guitar's interludes. The instrumental part, completely arranged by percussions and acoustic guitar, reminds me of a similar structure in the long suite (above 20 mns) of Alan Sorrenti's second effort named "Come un Vecchio Incensiere all'Alba di un Villaggio Deserto" (1973). Above all, the vocals of Francesco Di Giacomo, considered by many the greatest singer in the whole italian prog scene. And in fact, they aren't far from reality.

"Non Mi Rompete" (Do Not Trouble Me) is truly a piece of art, acoustic for the most part, full of grace for the gentle arrangements and the inspiring vocals. I think it is still the band's most popular and successful song in Italy.

"La Cittą Sottile" is a very strange track: with some repetitive piano parts, somehow painting an oneiric reality. The rythm is also slower than the previous tracks, sometimes revealing an unespected jazzy structure.

"Dopo...Niente E' Pił lo Stesso" (After That...Nothing Is the Same Anymore") starts with a very catchy keybaord's riff. The theme continues that of the opener suite about the contrast between war and peace: they remember the Stalingrad's battle. It has to be mentioned that, of the three great prog bands in Italy, Banco are the more politically-left oriented. Lyrics build up a poem and that mandolin/mediterranean part is the icing on the cake.

"Traccia II" is the short instrumental closer of the album. A classical goodbye. The right way to end an album like this. The weaving waves from the keyboards' duo (Nocenzi brothers) are the band trade mark.

There are tons of great albums out there. Many of those came (and come) from Italy.

Andrea Cortese | 5/5 |


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