La Prova (album di Raf del 1998)

All’apice del successo nel mercato italiano ed internazionale con i due album campioni di vendite CANNIBALI (1993) e MANIFESTO (1995), Raf decide di ritornare in studio con un album assolutamente atipico nella sua cifra espressiva, ovvero LA PROVA.

L’album è appunto una “prova” nel cimentarsi con la musica rock, distaccandosi temporaneamente dalla sua vena pop-melodica, partorendo canzoni dagli arrangiamenti pesantemente distorti e testi che parlano anche di denuncia sociale e influenze politiche.

Il clima delle 9 canzoni presenti viene subito svelato con la prima traccia, che sarà anche il primo singolo estratto, Vita, storie e pensieri di un alieno: brano dalle chitarre trascinanti, opera dell’ottimo turnista Giacomo Castellano, e dall’interpretazione vocale intensa. Sulla stessa falsariga del brano apripista si possono citare Little Girl e La danza della pioggia. Tra i brani invece che hanno anche connotazioni politico-sociali l’intima Jamas, dedicata a Che Guevara, e Che giorno è, dove si parla dell’Italia del crimine e delle stragi e dove si sconfina pesantemente nell’hard rock. La penultima traccia Tra le mie domande e il mare è un piccolo break melodico che fa riemergere parte del vecchio Raf, fino ad arrivare al brano di chiusura La prova dove, con un coinvolgente rock crossover, l’artista spiega un po’ tra le righe questa netta svolta artistica.

Questo album, penalizzato purtroppo da un basso numero di vendite, rimarrà un unicum nella discografia di Raf, costringendolo in un certo senso a ritornare sui suoi passi già dal successivo IPERBOLE (2001). Ed è un po’ un peccato perché molti anni dopo verrà riscoperto come un piccolo diamante grezzo nella discografia dell’artista pugliese.

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