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Moonbound: Confession and Release

Landing somewhere between Neal Morse, Tim and Neil Finn, and Phil Collins, Italian singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Fabio Trentini makes appealing progressive-tinged pop-rock for the masses. A top record producer in Europe whose credits include the Guano Apes, Trentini assembled a cast of skilled players from the United States, Germany and Austria, called the collective Moonbound and recorded a series of melodic and catchy songs about life and love. The biggest name here is Pat Mastelotto from King Crimson, who contributes drums on a handful of the album's strongest tracks -- including the bouncy opener "Nina," which would have fit perfectly on one of Morse's first two solo albums. Sounding both retro and fresh, the dozen songs on Confession and Release (wrapped in an album cover that looks like a movie soundtrack) were recorded in multiple studios, but the seamless audio quality and songwriting chops make for a fun, carefree listen on a cool summer evening.

Track Listing:
1) Nina
2) Tired of Being Good
3) Future After You
4) Confession and Release
5) Last Minute of the Day
6) My Life Ain't Worth Being Lived Without You
7) It Looks Like Rain
8) Luna Calante
9) Divergent Moons
10) Up Above
11) Fight Towards the Sky
12) The Lengths A Man Will Go To

Added: February 2nd 2009
Reviewer: Michael Popke
Related Link: Moonbound on
Hits: 1913
Language: english

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Moonbound: Confession and Release
Posted by Richard Barnes, SoT Staff Writer on 2009-02-03 06:44:24
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This debut album from record producer Fabio Trentini is a joyful set of melodic rock in which he is joined by a number of collaborators including Jeff Collier who co-wrote a couple of tracks. Fabio produces and plays most instruments but has support on some keyboards (Hammond organ) and more specialized guitars such as the Warr and pedal steel from a number of guest musicians.

The album kicks off with the celebratory "Nina", complete with jangly guitars and soaring keyboard swipes supported by a modern percussion track. "Tired of being good" is another song with a memorable hook and effective use of a raging background vocal to make the point more forcefully. The tempo is more measured on "Future after you" which has a Beatlesque quality to it. The title track starts its life as a melancholy love song but shifts up a gear to an almost country rock style bringing to mind some of Roger McGuinn's pennings.

"Last minute of the day" is a title that scans nicely in the song and could easily be a successful single whilst there is a touch of Chicago to the grammatically challenged "My life ain't worth being lived without you". There is a more adventurous approach to "It looks like rain" with some clever instrumental touches and a slightly menacing edge. A short synth composition, "Luna Calante" is followed by "Divergent Moons", something of a stadium rocker albeit with some proggy keyboard embellishments and an enjoyable guitar solo toward the end.

"Up above" is one of only three songs which makes the five minute mark and has a mellow reflective tone to it. "Flight towards the sky" is something of a plodder I'm afraid and one of the very few weak spots. The final track features some pleasant acoustic guitar and yet another great hook. Trentini certainly has the ability to conjure up great melodies and his professional ability in production makes the otherwise fairly middle of the road ideas on the album into something a little special. Definitely one for those long car rides I think.

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