ARTIST:

BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO

(ITALY)
TITLE:

ORLANDO: LE FORME DELL'AMORE

(2022)
LABEL:

INSIDEOUT MUSIC

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Concept-album, Female vocals, Intimist, Jazzy, Low vocals, Melancholic
"Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso celebrates its 50 years of discographic existence with a new concept album, a little too long and disordered but that revives the magic of this band of the golden legend of Italian progressive rock."
ADRIANSTORK (29.09.2022)  
3/5
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In 2019, Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso, the leading Italian progressive rock band, made a successful comeback with the concept album "Transiberiana". Certainly, Vittorio Nocenzini had become the only "banker" on board, his brother Gianni having not wished to return, and above all the exceptional voice of Francesco di Giacomo had died out definitively in 2014. Against all odds, this trial that seemed lost in advance was transformed with the arrival of a new singer (Tony d'Alessio) and the desire to inscribe its work in the continuity of its previous works. Three years later, the group announces the birth of its new concept album: "Orlando: Le Forme Dell'amore" to celebrate its 50 years of activity.

From the start, we are immersed in Banco's universe with Tony d'Alessio's warm voice and Vittorio Nocenzini's agitated keyboards, worthy heir of the Keith Emerson school (especially on 'Cadere E Volare'). The impeccable rhythm section serves as a launching pad for Filippo Marchegianni's guitar, which makes nice soli when it is necessary. The thrills of the solo escapes are again at the rendezvous as on 'La Maldicenza' where the drums launch into a solo in an impromptu way, followed closely by the other instruments, or on the instrumental 'Il Paladino', or on the long suite 'Moon Suite', which sees Vittorio Nocenzino giving his heart to it. On 'L'Amore Accade', a female voice takes over from Tony to come and cajole us. The singing of this one appears somewhat omnipresent, preventing us sometimes to savor the solitary exits of his colleagues.

The album is very dense, with a length of 76 minutes. The surprise of the previous album had left us indulgent as for the lengths but these are now prohibitive. Some tracks are doubled or seem to draw the line ('Non Credere Alla Luna' in spite of its saxophone) not sparing us some untimely yawns, giving the impression that the group does not know any more which direction to take.

For its 50 years of discographic existence, Banco del Mutuo Soccorso offers us a slightly indigestible album but in which we always find the magic of this group that knew how to enchant us in the 1970s. For his next album, let's hope that Vittorio Nocenzi will find again the conciseness of goldsmith which was his during the glory hours of the Italian group.


More informations on http://www.bancodelmutuosoccorso.it/





TRACK LISTING:
01. Coucou
02. La Plaine Rouge
03. Orlando a besoin maintenant
04. Je n'ai plus peur de l'amour
05. Pas besoin de secouer
06. Le désert de l'animé du monde
07. L'île heureuse
08. La malédiction
09. Tomber OU voler
10. Le Paladin
11. L'amour arrive
12. Ne croyez pas en la lune
13. Suite Lune
14. Comment êtes-vous arrivé ici ?
15. ns. Que signifie pour toujours

LINEUP:
Fabio Moresco: Batterie
Filippo Marcheggiani: Guitares
Marco Capozi: Basse
Nicola Di Già: Guitares
Tony D’alessio: Chant
Vittorio Nocenzi: Claviers / Piano, Voix
   
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