Aurora Lunare — Translunaggio
(Lizard 0135, 2018, CD)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2018-09-09
For their new album released this past spring, Aurora Lunare covered nine different prog rock songs as a tribute. The album opens with a cover of Procol Harum’s “A Whiter Shade of Pale.” As I’ve stated many times before, covering an iconic tune is a risky proposition as everyone immediately references the original. Aurora Lunare does a decent job with their cover, but it does “pale” in comparison. They are too heavy on drums and not enough on organ. The second song is a cover of Enrico Simonetti’s “Gamma,” one of many tunes on this album that is unknown to me, which does put me at a disadvantage. Aurora Lunare's cover is a cinematic tune that closes with Spanish guitar. Next is a cover of Banco del Mutuo Soccorso’s “Fino alla Mia Porta” that sounds great and fortunately they did not try to emulate Francisco di Giacomo’s tenor. Then they present Area’s “Hommage a Violette Nozieres” sans the ululating vocals to provide a modern rendition of this song. Leaving the Italians for a break, they cover Yes’ “Don’t Kill the Whale.” I will probably catch some flack for this, but I am not a fan of Yes in any way shape or from, so I am ecstatic with this superior cover with a female vocalist instead of Jon Anderson’s annoying high tenor voice. Then they jump back to Italy for a cover of Goblin’s “Connexion” that is not near as gothic as the original. The next cover is “Lorenzo” by Phil Collins, a musician I lost interest in after he left Genesis and started producing pop music. Aurora Lunare does an excellent job covering this song with its heavy African rhythm. Then I am back in unfamiliar territory with the final two covers of Marillion’s “The Party” and the Flower Kings’ “Trading My Soul.” Aurora Lunare does a fantastic job on these two songs, which can stand on their own. Though probably not as good as their self-titled album, Translunaggio does have its moments that are worthy of notice.
Related artist(s): Aurora Lunare
Ginger Baker RIP – Legendary English drummer Ginger Baker has died at the age of 80. After coming to fame with Cream in the 60s alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, he became one of the most recognized and influential drummers of the rock era. On September 25, his family announced that he was critically ill, and on October 6 his death was confirmed. » Read more
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more