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Carducci, Franck: Oddity

Franck Carducci leads this epic journey of music and storyline on bass, 12 string guitar, and vocals. Joining Carducci are Michael Strobel, on lead guitar, and backing vocals; Tom Smith, on keys; Roy van Oost, on guitars and backing vocals; and Toff "Crazy Monk" supplies drums. There are several famous guest appearances including: John Hackett who supplies flute on "Achilles"; Larry Crockett supplies drums on "The Quind"; Phildas Bhakta provides drums on "Achilles"; and Yanne Matis provides lead vocals on "The Eyes of Age".

This is wonderful epic music full of the harmonies and melodies which bring standout tracks together well around a storyline similar to the famous Greek mythology of Homer, blended with "Alice in Wonderland". Great 70s quality progressive and traditional rock music set powerfully around a story with expert musicianship and sonic sound. The fact that he covers "Carpet Crawlers", from Genesis' "The Lamb", makes this one of the best albums I've reviewed recently. This track is by far one of the standouts as is the opener "Achilles". I also enjoyed "The Last Oddity" and hearing the refrain of Led Zep's "Since I've Been Losing You', on the over 11 minute track, "Alice's Eerie Dream".

Very good work for a debut album. Mr. Carducci is now on my "watch list"!

Track Listing:

1. Achilles
2. The Quind
3. The Eyes of Age
4. Alice's Eerie Dream
5. The Last Oddity
6. The Carpet Crawlers - bonus
7. Alice's Eerie Dream radio edit - bonus

Added: October 9th 2011
Reviewer: Mark Johnson
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Carducci, Franck: Oddity
Posted by Steven Reid, SoT Staff Writer on 2015-10-17 11:18:24
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If you are looking for a classy, traditional prog album to while away an hour or so, can I point you in the direction of the excellent and heavily Genesis flavoured "Oddity", by French multi instrumentalist Franck Carducci. This album may well be Carducci's first solo release, however he has been playing in bands and performing on stage for many year in a career which has covered many genres. However back in 2010, Carducci had the luck to play a gig supporting ex-Genesis man Steve Hackett, who was so impressed by what he heard that he persuaded Carducci to set about writing and recording his own prog album. Therefore it may not be a huge surprise that the opening six part epic "Achilles" and "The Quind" lean heavily Hackett's one time band for inspiration. However when the results are so passionately performed and expertly arranged, then the "familiarity" of much of this music really isn't a great issue.

Carducci himself has a captivating voice and his bass work across this album is unquestionably impressive, but thankfully this is no one man show, with fourteen people contributing in one shape or form, including John Hackett, Phildas Bhakta, Yanne Matis and Larry Crocket. The highlight of the album comes in the shape of the magnificent "The Last Oddity", where 12 string guitar forms a spellbinding base from which a psychedelic jam like section breaks out, before calming into a bass thrumming workout. A nice acoustic and violin infused cover of Genesis' "The Carpet Crawlers" and an edited version of the excellent "Alice's Eerie Dream", which also features in full form here, are added as bonus tracks on an album that actually needed little extra to make it a more than worthwhile investment. Not the most original album you'll ever hear, but extremely satisfying none the less.

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