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4 stars ...4 stars...

This album is damn good, I assure you...Additionally you can download VIEUX CARRE's debut from their site for free...What do we have here then?...So,VIEUX CARRE are surely influenced by the italian progressive rock movement of the 70's,but they also seem to admire the UK symphonic prog scene (GENESIS and GENESIS like bands)...Add some few jazz elements here and there and you'll get the picture...All the tracks of the album are of high quality,generally you'find carefully smooth symphonic arrangements but I seem to like more the tracks where the singer sings in his native language than the english ones cause' the later ones have a slightly neo-prog feel similar to MAGRATHEA...that's not necessarilly bad but the italian ones have the 70's italian feeling which I really love...The only negative thing I'd say is the production of the album,a big problem for all the unknown underground bands,since all the songs seem to have been recorded live and not in the studio...

Big big surprise,VIEUX CARRE will fill your nights and days with some excellent both complex and melodic symphonic/art rock so hurry and download their first release from their website for free,you won't regret it...

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Posted Thursday, July 17, 2008 | Review Permalink
3 stars A free download from their website and I cannot understand why the highly esteemed reviewer Psarros is the only one here who has bothered reviewing this album and that was back in 2008. Downloading and listening to this album is better than pest, starvation and being made homeless.

.......... not to mention a week without Pepsi Max.

Vieux Carre is are relative new band (see interview) and they are still going strong. A new album is in the oven. Which is positive news because this band is most certainly up to something good, if Glispiriti Icorpi Elementi is taken into account.

Glispiriti Icorpi Elementi is a very varied album with a variety of styles. From art rock aka Roxy Music via Genesis & Yes adoration to jazz/fusion. This album is most definate on the arty side of the RPI scene. The very good sound is also very modern without moog and melotron. In short; this is not a Banco or Le Orme copycat. The instruments are tangents and electric guitars. Unfortunate; the very good vocals are both in Italian and in English. Please, please stick to Italian next time around. The Italian vocals reminds me about Angelo Branduardi.

The songs are all very good and well crafted. There are no real excellent or even signature tracks here. Neither is there any really weak tracks too. This album, with this good front cover, is a very solid debut album and a far better debut album than most debut albums from this scene. I really enjoys this album and recommends it to everyone into sophisticated symph/art/ RPI. And remember; it is free.

3.5 stars

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Posted Friday, March 25, 2011 | Review Permalink
3 stars Vieux Carré is an Italian prog band from Spoleto (Umbria) formed by five skilled musicians with a jazz background: Alessandro Bartolucci (piano, minimoog, keyboards), Federico Barbieri (drums), Filippo Zelli (guitars), Marco Rambaldi (vocals) and Nicola Palladino (bass). The band began life in 2003 under the name Chiaroscuro and a first demo featuring four original tracks and two Genesis covers ('Firth Of Fifth' and 'Musical Box') was released. In 2005 the name of the band was changed into Vieux Carr' and a first self- produced full length album was released, 'Glispiriti, icorpi elementi' (although the title has an ambiguous spelling it could be translated as 'the spirits, the bodies and the minds'). Well, the overall sound has been influenced by progressive bands such as Genesis, Banco del Mutuo Soccorso and PFM, but the musicians managed to add their own touch of originality writing lyrics and music inspired by literature, cinema and history.

The dreamy opener 'Palingenesi' (Palingenesis) is inspired by an epic novel by Stefano D'Arrigo, Horcynus Orca, that tells the adventures of a mariner of the Italian Navy who tries to go back home in Sicily after Badoglio Proclamation on September 8, 1943.

'Greed' is an acoustic ballad and is sung in English. It was inspired by Greed, a 1924 American dramatic silent film directed by Erich von Stroheim and taken from McTeague, a novel by the American writer Frank Norris that tells the story of a couple's courtship and marriage, and their subsequent descent into poverty, violence and finally murder as the result of jealousy and avarice... 'I'm dreaming Trina freaking out / In that bed of gold with her devilish ruffled hair...'.

'Palinodia' (Palinode) is an excellent track with a good piano work and classical influences. A palinode is an ode in which the writer retracts a view or sentiment expressed in earlier poems... 'I'm prisoner of four bleak walls / Dusk and silence conspires / The imagine of your smiling face discolours in the complaisance of my memories...'.

'World Of Chance' is sung in English and could recall some solo works by Peter Gabriel while the lyrics depict a nightmarish atmosphere... 'Sound of raging waters down below / Something tight keeps biting at my neck / I'm hanging off the edge of a wooden bridge / My feet are trembling on a shaky plank / Dozens of rifles pointing at my head...'.

'KV62' recalls some recent works by Franco Battiato and features a mystic, oriental flavour. KV 62 is the name of the tomb of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings and the lyrics tell of its discovery... 'The night is still warm when the prodigy happens / The first step emerges from the sand...'.

'Concrete Rarefaction Of Freedom' could recall Genesis and Van der Graaf Generator. It's sung in English and the lyrics are inspired by science-fiction while the following 'Louisiana Story' leads us in a Louisiana's bayou, on the tracks of an attractive, mysterious creole girl who makes you fancy a new beginning...

'Mellonta Tauta' is soft and melancholic. The lyrics describe in a very poetical way the feelings of a soldier sheltered in his trench. The enemies seem an army of shadows hiding in the night, an obsessive mirage that drives you crazy... The long, complex 'Riconciliazione' (Reconciliation) concludes this interesting album... 'Now the dream born from your hug / Sets cohesions free as if they were butterflies...'.

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Posted Sunday, July 29, 2012 | Review Permalink
3 stars This Italian band started under the name Chiaroscuro, after the release of a demo (including 2 Genesis covers), they decided to change their name into Vieux Carre in 2005. Three years later the band delivered its debut CD entitled Glispiriti Icorpi Elementi. So a French band name and an Italian debut album title, not a pretty common combination in prog.

The music has obvious hints of Classic Italian Prog bands, mainly PFM but also Banco and Le Orme. And of course early Genesis, especially the vocals are in the vein of Peter Gabriel. The singer uses the Italian language (evoking Angelo Branduardi) but he also sings in English, with hints from Bernardo Lanzetti (PFM, Acqua Fragile and Mangala Vallis), but less theatrical.

Despite the references, Vieux Carre do their best to blend own ideas, using a tasteful variety: from 24-carat symphonic rock in Palignesi (with fat Moog sounds, jazzy piano and Fripperian guitar) to a 'folky twist'in Greed, Grand piano in Palnodia and finally a jazzrock climate featuring a long and fiery guitar solo in Riconciliazione.

A promising debut album that sounds pleasant and varied.

My rating: 3,5 star.

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Posted Tuesday, June 12, 2018 | Review Permalink

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