Saturday 20 January 2018

Magnolia - Con Fuoco (2017)

The second album from this Italian band.

Magnolia is a sextet with a lineup of guitars, bass, drums, piano, keyboards and Italian female vocals.

I reviewed their 2012 debut album La Zona D'Ombra back in 2012 for # 1 of this blog. You can read the review here.

I really liked their debut album and was very much hoping they would follow it up with another album. It took them five years. But it is now here, at my desk.

The music is pretty much in the art rock end of the Rock Progressive Italiano (RPI) genre. They are not really as symphonic prog as most of this scene. But their jazzy folky progressive rock is really cool.

The vocalist Chiara Gironi is back again and she is adding a lot of colours this album. Ditto for the guitars and piano. The music is medium heavy and the sound is very beefy.

The signature of Magnolia and this album is Chiara Gironi's vocals. There is no denying that. And she is a very good vocalist.

This one hour long album is a good album. There is no great songs here and that is my only gripe. Nevertheless, this is a colourful, good album which will please most prog rock fans.

3 points

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