2013 in review

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Review of a cd 14

CECILIA

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Cecilia is all but not a butterfly. When a song is beautiful and gets inside you, it does it violently, so strongly that you cannot stop crying. The warm voice of Cecilia actually goes gently into your ears, but it is like a rock on your soul. This goes with tracks such as “Papillon” and “Ombra”, but also the other brasilian and latin songs with jazz rhythms. A faboulous and perfect techinque. When you listen to Cecilia, it seems like being face to face to a musical singer, but Cecilia’s voice doesn’t disappear in an immense theatre, but she dedicates her show while you’re sitting on your sofa drinking some red wine.

Lascivious and deep, with only one lacking aspect: the English pronunciation in “Dance With Me” should be revised. So, it’s better to “only” sing in French, Portuguese and Italian. Isn’t it enough?

Original Italian version on ROCKIT: http://www.rockit.it/album/9996/cecilia-papillon

Review of a cd 11

FRANCESCO LA BARBERA

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The titletrack: three beautiful moments given as a gift. Only guitars, contrabass and a light singing on the background. Being humming but not banal and taking away from jazz any √©litarian patina: this is the aim Francesco La Barbera wants to follow along the whole cd. The second song, “Amberle” tells of a sweet awekening while “The ending summer” pushes you inside the frenzy of a day which alternates moments of peace and war. The jazz becomes a way to describe the daily life. But the fact that this genre goes into a more “pop” world, implies a very good techinque by Francesco. His fingers runs thirstly on the strings: pizzicatos, arpeggios, a lot of inversions… Behind the immediacy of these 11 songs there is a great work.
You cannot miss”Lady Margareth”, “Il giorno buono” and “Spring”, good end for this magnifique cd. Francesco La Barbera is simply phenomenal.

Original Italian version on ROCKIT: http://www.rockit.it/album/9638/francesco-la-barbera-le-isole-dellestate

Review of a CD 10

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The reference to Baudelaire could seem banal, but Ottodix, pseudonym of Alessandro Zannier, manages very well with a poignant text: Take my poison away, I can live without it, this decadent life which makes me so interesting. (“Tu toglimi il veleno, posso farne a meno, della vita decadente che mi ha reso interessante”). But then the rendition into music is not convincing at all. Too many references to the rythms of David Bowie and of Depeche Mode, but in Italian all seem too forced. Mixing electronical music, songwriting and italian melodies is something few elected people can do. Ottodix does it only partially. It seems to be in front of a Bluvertigo‘s copy. But you know, there is only one Morgan.

The piano version of¬† “Invisibile”is better: it is without synths and special effects (as the 80’s riverber) that Ottodix does his best showing a winning voice.

Original Italian version on ROCKIT: http://www.rockit.it/album/9724/ottodix-fiori-del-male

Review of a CD 8

THE LEGENDARY KID COMBO

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Welcome Madames et Monsieurs! Just enter the Kid Combo’s funfair! Does the crisis scare you? Let’s forget it looping the loop. Well, make the title of the cd the anthem of your life: Viva la Muerte! It’s compulsory to go and see the witch house: you will meet the spirits of the eleven protagonists of the eleven tracks of the album. Pirates and cowboys, ladies and complete strangers, heroes and bandits. All dead.

Let the music become theatre, cinema and litterature. Not only seven notes in loop. Just mingle punk and country with a flash of Bulgarian polyphonies like those of Goran Bregovic. Pay attention not to fall into the pirates’ trap. And beware! There should be some bullets. Just be enchanted by the histories of The Legendary Kid Combo and enjoy the death.

Just creating an entire cd on such a theme without being pessimistic and boring is simply phenomenal. A great cd thanks to its originality both for lyrics and melodies. An interesting band.

Original Italian article on ROCKIT: http://www.rockit.it/magazine/album.php?x=00009672