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4.03 | 243 ratings

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Andrea Cortese
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3 stars Roller, along with Bagarozzo Mark are the two Goblin's classic albums famous because were not thought to be the soundtracks to any horror movie...

It has to be said that generally Roller is considered to be the most accomplished work ever released by the band. I quietly agree with those opinions even if my personal taste always try to puts Bagarozzo a little step forward. Not for the music, nor for the arrangements themselves. Maybe it's for the unusual (and unespectetly very funny) vocals used to build up the concept on about the fantastic journey of bug Mark all around the world. In the story of Mark lies the secret of this personal and instinctive favour.

By the way, if I had to write a more objective evaluation (this is what I'm trying to do, after all) I would say that Roller is more satisfying in the instrumental parts and it would be more interesting for any good symphonic prog lover. The richness of 70s' keyboards (clavinet, organ, piano, fender rhodes, honer pianet, moog, minimoog, logan string machine) is always welcomed and Claudio Simonetti knows well how to satisfy our ears.

I don't think there is any weak track on this record and the unique reason that justifies the surprisingly not high success after its release is that it was put in the shops too soon after the memorable and immortal Profondo Rosso. If they had waited a little bit, maybe the splendour of the previous masterpiece wouldn't have obscured the follow up which appears to be, in some parts, better than that. With each one of the six songs Goblin stamp their footsteps in the italian prog history. The main problem that could make people believe this is not a solid four stars rating is connected with the (what a pity!) too short running time (only about 34 minutes) and with the fact that the atmosphere is not as dark as one could foresee. The listening goes well from the start to the end without any bad surprise but with the guarantee in the 11,10 minutes of the (self-indulgent?) mini-suite "Goblin", the most sharp and smooth composition, here.

If you have a spot for the italian classic prog scene, this is one you cannot miss!

Andrea Cortese | 3/5 |


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