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Calibro 35, Ritornano Quelli Di...

Published: Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Updated: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 19:09


Ghost Records

Ritornano Quelli Di...

Hailing from the great country of Italy, Calibro 35 brings to the music scene a revamping of classic Italian cinema music. Ritornano Quelli Di... (which translates to The Return of…), the five-man group's second album since their 2008 self-titled debut, has an appeal that is both unique and surprising. Taking inspiration from the booming sounds of ‘60s and ‘70s Italian horror films, Calibro 35 takes the music that painted those violent movie scenes and reproduces it with their own little twist. The result is both an original and refreshing listen, even for unfamiliar ears.

If you're a fans of music without vocals, you'll especially appreciate Calibro 35's dedication to instrumentals. Each track delivers an array of visualizations without the use of lyrics – a distinctive and uncommon feat in today's music. The absence of a singer may at first appear as something of a setback to some, however, the untainted flow of notes allows for more focus, enjoyment and freedom in interpretation of each track's significance. Every one of the 13 songs has the addictive and quirky qualities of a Broadway musical, artistically stirred together with the suspenseful and swift nature of an action movie soundtrack.

You may very well find yourself playing out dramatic back-ally chase scenes in your head while listening to the high-velocity "Eurocrime!," or even conjuring up a climatic confrontation with a rival as "The Return of the Band - Part II" builds tension in the background. Even if you're not accustomed to the shockumentary-style Italian cinema productions of the past, don't let that stop you from giving this album a listen. Ritornano Quelli Di… is hardly a collection you'll keep on repeat for random dancing marathons. But it is a memorable treat that will definitely provoke a little involuntary head nodding, shoulder rolling and hip twisting. At the very least, you'll certainly find it a must when you're in need of some uplifting background music for those all-night study sessions.

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