Tuesday, 21 November 2017
Premiata Forneria Marconi - Dracula Opera Rock (2005)
The 16th album from this band from Italy.
The band was a quartet here with a lineup of drums, percussions, bass, guitars, piano, synths, organ and Italian vocals.
They had help from The Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra, lead guitars and lots of opera singers and narrators.
This is indeed a rock opera. Which is probably the last piece in the Premiata Forneria Marconi jigzaw puzzle since the 1970s. They had been doing everything since the 1970s.
You will find my reviews of their albums somewhere else in this blog and in # 1 of this blog too. Reviewing their albums has been quite a journey and not always a good journey, I have to say.
So..... Dracula is a rock opera and to a large extent a return to the old ways and pastures. Green pastures, it has to be said.
Yes, rock operas with full symphony orchestras and opera singers is overblown and cringeworthy by default. But Premiata Forneria Marconi has largely pulled it of due to really dominating this opera themselves and not falling into the trap of taking a back seat or going totally over the top.
The songs are decent to good and there is a large degree of a band effort here. Yes, the music is a bit sickly sugary at times with lots of Italiano pop songs influences. That has never been far from this bands music anyway. Even in their heydays in the 1970s. But there are still a lot of quality here.
This is largely a comeback album and a bit of return to form. I am still not convinced this is a good album. Hence my rating of this album. A welcome album, btw.