Monday 22 January 2018
Riccardo Romano Land - B612 (2017)
The debut album from this multi-national project.
Riccardo Romano Land is Riccardo Romano from RanestRane with a lot of guest musicans. That includes members of RanestRane and Steve Rothery and Steve Hogarth from Marillion. That and numerous other musicians. The instruments is strings, guitars, bass, synths, piano, drums and numerous vocals...... just to mention the most essential here.
B612 is a rock opera based on the novel The Little Prince by Antonie De Saint-Exupery. I have not read this novel yet. Neither do I have any plans of reading it. But it has inspired some people to make this album and that is a very good thing.
The album is out on the excellent MaRaCash Records too and it was released one month ago. The album is seventy-four minutes long and offers up some good value for money.
Being a rock opera, I am surprised how little operatic and how little bombastic the music is. The use of different languages as French and English is also a surprise. And a positive one. Ditto goes for the lack of over the top opera and bombastic use of classical music.
The album can still be regarded as an RPI or a symphonic prog album as the music is both conceptual and symphonic.
In many respect, this album reminds me a lot about Robert Reed's Sanctuary rock operas.... both of them. The music on B612 is very pastoral and very much like a pop album. The songs and the vocals is the main focus here. Besides of the very good vocals, the music is also good.
This album is not a great album. It is still a good album, bordering to a very good album. I am actually positive surprised by this album. An album well worth checking out.