Saturday 21 June 2014

Ianva - Italia: Ultimo Atto (2009)

The second album from this Italian band and in total their fourth offering.

Ianva has not changed their 1920s sound at all from their first offering in 2005 to this album. You get a mix of chamber music and theatrical music here. You get a mix of Jacques Brel and Edit Piaf with choirs, woodwinds, bass, percussions and guitars. The list of musicians here is a very long one. Twenty plus musicians.

The music here is pretty bombastic, almost zeuhl like at times. It also has this spaghetti western feel with a very violent theme running through this album. I got a spaghetti western DVD box and know the feeling this album is conveying. The violent mood on this album is almost scary.

I may get a bit too used to this very unusual band. But I am starting to get a bit complacent and a bit too used to their sound and music. I also feel the band is threading water on this album. There is no great songs and no X factor here at all. This is a good album but nothing more. It is still worth checking out. In particular if spaghetti westerns is your cup of tea.

3 points

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