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Franco Battiato


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.66 | 91 ratings

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3 stars A fragmented experimental album which is surprisingly listener friendly. Battiato's voice is really quite nice and the recording is helped a lot by the fact that he sings in his native tongue.

'Pollution' lacks the craziness of it's predecessor 'Fetus'. It begins off with an orchestral waltz then veers off in all sorts of unpredictable directions. From spoken word, tenuous prog leanings, VCS3 usage, some nice acoustic guitar to ambiance in the style of UK band 'Caretaker', all within its feeble 33min 09 sec running time. Phew!

The VCS3 synth, although pretty cool at the time and most famously appearing on 'Dark Side of the Moon' sounds really cheesy in this day and age. Battiato sounds as though he's struggling to get to grips with this new technology and ends up playing what sounds like single line notes.

'Pollution' is like a weird mixture of Faust and Ash Ra Tempel but with better production and more use of electronics.

Not a bad way to spend half an hour if you're out for a walk . At least you're guaranteed of something a bit different.

Dobermensch | 3/5 |


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