The Italian band RaneStrane (recently seen in Steve Rothery's opening act) was founded in the mid nineties. This first part of her "Space Odyssey" is her third album. It offers a colourful mixture of accessible artpop and neoprog in typical Italian style with classical symphonic splashes, contrasted by folk moments. Like their predecessors "Nosferatu II Vampiro" (2006) and "Shining" (2011), the four Romans were again inspired by a film to create a rock opera. I wonder if Stanley Kubrick would like it In any case, his work was more innovative than the music offered by the Italians. Everything is well coordinated in terms of craftsmanship. But the 50-minute opus lacks ideas. You've heard it all before, especially what - as it's unfortunately usually the case with a rock opera - is hard on the edge of kitsch, which happens even more quickly with Italian lyrics than with English. In addition there are passages with too much text or too much radio play character, over which only very shallow music chugs. The two guest contributions by Steve Hogarth do not help here either.
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