Sonntag, 10. Dezember 2017

Riccardo Romano Land

As the title "B612" already suggests, the album concept is based on "The Little Prince" by Saint-Exupéry, and the music does not accidentally remind us a bit of "Marillion": Besides playing the keyboards in the Italian symphonic rock band "RanestRane", Riccardo Romano is also a member of the "Steve Rothery Band", and he names Marillion's album "Brave" among the main inspirational sources. Moreover, both Steve Rothery and Steve Hogarth appear as guests, the latter even contributing a song ("The Snake", co-written by Riccardo Romano). Except for "The King", which departs remarkably (and, alas, inconveniently) from the overall style of the album, the songs share an exceptional angelic beauty in their melodies and arrangements, setting another highlight in the glorious tradition of "rock progressivo in Italia" (RPI).