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PAPILLON

Latte E Miele

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.57 | 106 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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3 stars If ELP is one of your beloved bands, you might well be interested in "Latte E Miele" (milk & honey).

The first suite is "Papillon" which lasts for about twenty minutes (but spread over eight different sections) is not bad but lacks in consistency. "Overture", "Secundo Quadro" are fully influenced by the great trio. Maybe to such an extent that some might speak about plagiarism. It is true that these numbers are so close that this feeling is inevitable.

But the distinct Italian flavour of some other songs clearly indicate that the band is also capable of releasing more personal and beautiful music. Maybe not enough, but "L'Incontro" confirms this analysis brilliantly (even if it turns a bit pompous at times).

The concept of this second album is rather thin. It has nothing to do with the great storyboard that could have led to a great first album ("Passio Secundum Mattheum"). Needless to say that the children choir as well as the general jazzy mood during "La Transformazione" is not my cup of tea. And "Divertimento" is also hesitating between symphonic and jazz. Same conclusion.

"Latte E Miele" is also flirting with classical music (you know, like.). This is experienced during the second suite of the album ("Patetica"). "Parte Prima" actually being a collage of three genres : classical, symphonic prog and jazz. Difficult to follow, I'm afraid; and it goes on during "Parte Seconda" which features Vivaldi's "Four Seasons".

This album is not a gem for sure. When inspired vocals enter the scene, some useless orchestration are almost ruining the effort. Fortunately, the positive prevails upon the negative in "Parte Terza".

This album is on the edge of three stars. But the feeling is again drastically different during the boring "Strutture" and the beautiful and melodic "Tanto Amore" which is obviously an ode to love and features the best melody of the whole album. Sentimental and poignant. I would have liked a bit more of these feelings throughout this album.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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