Review: Giorgio Maggiore – I Colori Che Cambiano

Foreign language albums don’t fare traditionally well in Britain yet recently the likes of Sigur Ros have managed to cross over thanks to their unique beauty. Lest we forget, Cocteau Twins sang incomprehensible songs yet could also sound magical. With that in mind there should be an opening for artists like Giorgio Maggiore, an Italian singer and multi-instrumentalist whose own take on gothic rock is surprisingly palatable.

Giorgio Maggiore CD Cover 

I’m afraid my Italian language skills are basic to say the least but I think I’m safe in guessing that ‘Insaziable’ is the Italian word for “insatiable”. It’s a typically passionate number with the guitars grinding away and battling against Maggiore’s semi-operatic vocals for supremacy. The main flaw in ‘I Colori Che Cambiano’ (that’s “The Changing Colours” to non-Italian speakers) is that there’s little in the way of variety and after an hour’s worth of this music, it’s a lot to take in one sitting. Still, for the quiet/loud dynamics of ‘Aquilone’ and the Siouxsie-esque rhythm of ‘Emozioni Meccaniche’, Maggiore makes a viable claim to being the European answer to VAST’s Jon Crosby. I also enjoyed the lighter material such as ‘La Nebbia’ and ‘Correre’ and only the guttural ‘Un Mundo Di Plastica’ and the proggy keyboards on the final track were difficult to listen to. Overall, fans of gothic melodrama with an Italian twist would be well advised to investigate Maggiore’s work further.

Web Sites:
Giorgio Maggiore Official Site
Giorgio Maggiore MySpace

Further Listening:
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