Reading through the song list gives the impression this is a concept album. Even with my extremely limited Italian language skills I Malibran - Oltre LIgnoto tell there's a nautical thread here, with songs about waterways and calm seas. The album artwork reinforces this idea as it depicts a Renaissance-style scene of sailing ships in a harbour. While I can't describe the narrative I do think the compositional unity clinches this as a concept album, with musical themes recurring throughout the disc.
On the subject of language, I've no idea if any people are put off RPI because of the Italian language vocals. Admittedly this does border on slavish imitation on one song, but more of that later. The album gets off to a fairly inauspicious start that has the opening moments of Si Dira Di Me flirting with Neo-Prog. However the song quickly settles into more In The Mood - The Spotnicks - Pop History Vol.
12 RPI territory with legato flute, sensitive vocals and one of those plaintive electric guitar riffs I'm especially fond of.
Playful flute and vibes usher in a section that includes mournful saxophone refrains, doubled on flute. The opening riff reappears with yet more flute, this time of the Ian Anderson-inspired staccato variety. Just when you think the song is finished following further melodious synthesizer and guitar solos, Malibran hit you with a coda straight out of the left field.
So typical of those Italians! For a few seconds I'll swear that's David Jackson's rasping saxophone I'm listening to. The second song gets under way with another flute and vibes duet.
What is it with Italian bands and vibes? They all seem to use them. Not that I'm complaining mind, as the effect is usually delightful. After this brief intro the main part of Watcher Malibran - Oltre LIgnoto The L'Incontro is the first of the songs on which Giuseppe Scaravalli plays all instruments, albeit with the addition of a couple of string players on this one.
It has more than a little of Cadence And Cascade about it. Not the melody as such, but more the general mood of the song. Cerchio Mobile consists of a funk groove on either side of a brief guitar jam that reminds me of German space rockers Eloy, complete with squelching guitar chords. The former is Whatd I Say (Part 1) - Ray Charles - Genius: The Ultimate Ray Charles Collection short acoustic instrumental; the latter is more of the same with vocals.
Both are fairly innocuous tracks with maybe Malibran - Oltre LIgnoto a suggestion of filler. Scaravalli's slide guitar on the instrumental Mare Calmo has a bit of Malibran - Oltre LIgnoto Gilmour about it. Actually it's probably more than a bit, and then there's the Any Colour You like synth part. In Viaggio closes the album in epic fashion with the heaviest riffs on the disc. The instrumental closing section that reprises the title track is truly glorious music.
There's about 30 seconds of silence before we get a ''hidden'' Jethro Tull tribute and that's your lot. Hopefully my review doesn't give the impression this album is entirely derivative and fleshed out with fillers. I don't think Malibran make any bones of their influences and there are possibly one or two tracks that are less than outstanding.
However thanks to the three top-notch songs here I rate it as excellent and a Malibran - Oltre LIgnoto addition to any RPI collection. Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. Please consider supporting Malibran - Oltre LIgnoto by disabling your ad blocker. Released inOltre L'Ignoto was the last album Malibran recorded as a six-piece band. The group's official website doesn't contain an abundance of information, and their myspace site doesn't translate into English very well.
From what I can gather, band members Giancarlo Των Αστεριών Το Δρόμο Πήρες - Απόστολος Καλδάρας - Νύχτωσε Χωρίς Φεγγάρι winds and Benny Torrisi keyboards left during this same year.
Whether this was during the recording of this album Malibran - Oltre LIgnoto don't know. Giuseppe Scaravalli plays virtually all instruments on three tracks here, but he was maybe just doing that McCartney thing rather than filling in for absent colleagues. You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing use forum credentials.
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