Friday, June 5, 2020
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Artist: RISE AND FALL OF A DECADE
Title: Love It Or Leave It
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Ars Musica Diffundere (@)
Rated: *****
Three years in the making and stopped due to the sad departure of Pierre François Maurin-Malet, singer and writer of Rise And Fall Of A Decade, LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT has been finished by Thierry Sintoni (one of the other two band's member), who succeeded also into assembling a track wrote by Carla Picchiantano (singer of Speaking Silence) who virtually duets with Pierre François on the ballad "In the time when". The twelve songs of the album shows a band really inspired and freed from any musical boundaries. The opening "Again" has medieval atmospheres (on its opening) mixed with breakbeat rhythms and wave melodies. "In the time when" musically recalls me early Dead Can Dance but under a pop key. "The federation of love" mix beautiful orchestral arrangements with electronics for a great upbeat pop song. "Bagdad is shining" mix lounge melodies with pop wave sensibility (it recalls me the fresh sensation felt with some old Scritti Politti songs). Another great track is "Don't save the museum" which behind its happy melancholy enriched by electronics and orchestral arrangement hide a critics to society (the riff says: "Protect what makes money, protect what makes us richer but please, don't save the museum"). LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT is a great album which shows a band that after twenty years had plenty of ideas and also succeeded into renewing their sound. The second CD of this release contains a tribute to Pierre François Maurin-Malet containing twelve reinterpretations of Rise And Fall Of A Decade songs made by Collection D´Arnell-Andrea, Nemo Sandman, 2square, Speaking Silence, Ben Born, Thierry, Hide and Seek, Richard Bontempi, O Quam Tristis... , Pierre-Francois & Thierry and Thierry & Ariane. The double package is sold at a bargain price of a single CD!

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