This is a 30 minute live set featuring tracks from Italian group Nichelodeon’s 2010 album ‘il gioco del silenzio’. Two of the songs here were originally on Nichelodeon’s debut live album Cinemanemico before they were recorded for the studio album. I have not heard the live debut yet so I don’t know how those embryonic versions of those tracks compare to later versions. Besides the studio album I am also familiar with those two songs on the live DVD Come Sta, Annie? Unlike previous versions of these songs this line-up includes a drummer, which adds a more ‘rock’ based feel which in general this performance was going for. Nichelodeon are on the fringes of progressive rock but here they are fully a part of it. This would be a good starting point for anyone interested in this group.
Everyone except the drummer was on the original versions. There is electric guitar here as there was on the originals. Singer Claudio Milano does a great job singing these songs. Being familiar with some of his many projects, I can tell when it’s him singing; he is a very talented vocalist who generally has a style all his own. The keyboardist also uses a laptop to create sounds. “Fame” is better than both the studio and DVD versions. This is a song where I thought the studio version would have benefited from having a drummer. “Fiaba” is such a strong composition that it could sound good using nothing but vocals and an accordion. This version is good but not any better than prevoius versions.
“Malamore e la Luna” is similar to earlier versions. The drums here don’t add a whole lot, mainly just keep time. At the end the drumming gets more improvised. “Apnea” is another song I thought would have benefited from having a drummer. Even the studio version struck me as being very ‘rock’ oriented. Even the looser, improvised sections sound good with the drums included. At the end it gets more improvised and avant-garde in a way different to prevoius versions. “Claustrofilia” has an unrecognizable beginning; not until Claudio starts singing do I recognize the track at all. Love the pounding drums here. A great live recording with good sound and excellent performances. As I mentioned earlier, a great starting place for Nichelodeon.
3. Malamore e la Luna
* Claudio Milano – vocals
* Fabrizio Carriero – drums
* Andrea Illuminati – keyboards, laptop
* Francesco Chiapperini – sax, clarinet
* Luca Pissavini – electric bass
* Lorenzo Sempio – electric guitar, guitar synth, effects