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Italian artist Giulio Garghentini’s first solo album is both richly varied in style and striking for the quality of the material. Sitting somewhere in what you might term Melodic Rock, there’s touches of so many styles it would be a largely pointless exercise to try to define it. What we can say is that there are elements of Hard Rock, Funk, Soul, Rhythm and Blues (not RnB), Melodic Rock and West Coast scattered amongst the tracks here.


Opening strongly with tracks the Rock guitar and Hammond organ of ’No Second Chance’ and the hard funky groove of ‘I Can’t Stand the Rain’ – two of our favourites after repeated listens, it’s hard to pick standouts as there is so much quality shot through this release.


The strength of ‘Believe’ is what so often unhinges other artists – the diversity. To go from straight rock of ‘No Second Chance’ to the funky ‘I Can’t Stand the Rain’ with its hugely catchy melodic chorus and vibe not a million miles away from Sweden’s ‘Electric Boys’ is genius enough, but when you hear songs like the even funkier Dan Reed-like ‘Down the Line’ or the wonderful laid back mallow mini-epic ‘The Words That I Haven’t said’ (sung by producer/guitarist Mario Percudani) it’s magic.


There is even better here though, and while songs like ‘Rockstar’ do what you imagine, and ‘So Beautiful’ tries to break your heart; the real fire is in songs like ‘Sweet Hard Fighter’ which despite the slightly awful title has a chorus you will never forget and some beautiful guitar that will sweep you away.


Not quite everything works though, the ballad ‘My Jesus’ is a little clumsy, but almost redeems itself by the end with some fine guitar that offset the slightly self-conscious lyrics (yes it is about Jesus). But it’s the only real exception.


This is a great album full of light and energy, heartbreak and joy all captured in a little plastic dish or a download. One of our picks of the year.



Mark Diggins