Tuesday 21 October 2014

Barock Project - Rebus (2009)

The second album from this Italian band.

Their debut album Misteriosevoci from 2009 was quite a lively affair. Good Italian neo-prog. But it was a light-weight album with little substance. I am therefore pleased to note that the band has moved back to the good times of the Italian symphonic prog scene from the 1970s.

This is, to put a long story a lot shorter, what this album is. There is still traces of this neo-prog sound here. There are also some English vocals songs here and that is not good. The best vocals is reserved for the Italian vocals songs. The line up is, besides of the vocals and backing vocals, guitars, keyboards, bass and drums. No flutes, Moog or Mellotron. The keyboards are pretty vintage though.

The band also fully embraces their band name. The band name is no joke here. It is also the type of music here. Barock and with a lot of long glances towards the Italian classical music composers from a bygone era. 

The end result is a very melodic, elegant and great neo-prog album which is hugely influenced by the 1970s Italian symphonic prog scene. It hovers somewhere between very good and great. But I will give it a very good status as it does not really have any great tracks. Just a lot of great melody lines. Get this album.

3.5 points 

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