Requiem (album dei Verdena del 2007)

Nel 2007 i Verdena si accorgono finalmente che l’etichetta dei Nirvana italiani comincia a stare un po’ stretta e decidono che è arrivato il momento del definitivo salto di qualità creativo. Ciò avviene con la quarta opera REQUIEM, di cui la stessa band è produttore.

Alcune cose non sono cambiate rispetto ai lavori precedenti, prima tra tutte l’ermetismo dei testi del leader Alberto Ferrari, il quale mette come sempre l’ascoltatore nel difficile ruolo di dare un’interpretazione plausibile alle sue sconnesse liriche. Anche l’amore per il punk e il grunge non sono cambiati, come si può ascoltare nel brano di apertura Don Calisto ed in Isacco Nucleare, quarto singolo estratto pur se fin dal primo ascolto uno dei brani di punta del disco. Però cominciano a fare capolino anche brani dal groove più accattivante come Muori Delay oppure dove addirittura si possono sentire echi di folk come in Angie, brano che sembra un po’ fare il verso all’omonimo superclassico dei Rolling Stones.

REQUIEM vira decisamente verso un amore fino a quel momento non confessato per la psidechelia. Il secondo brano Non prendere l’acme, Eugenio è una evidente citazione del quasi omonimo brano dei Pink Floyd Careful With That Axe, Eugene. Ma in generale l’album è infarcito di suoni onirici e giochi di voci intrecciate, in particolare in brani anche di durata medio-lunga come Trovami un modo semplice per uscirne (con la collaborazione di Mauro Pagani), Il caos strisciante e il pezzo di chiusura Sotto prescrizione del dott. Huxley con ghost tracks annesse.

Infine, c’è anche un po’ di classic rock e qualche gentile omaggio ai Led Zeppelin come nel caso di Il Gulliver, che prende in prestito dalla loro Rock’n’Roll un intro di batteria molto simile ed un riff di chitarra che ne richiama le stesse atmosfere.

In definitiva, un disco imponente frutto di un lavoro iniziato ben due anni prima e che darà un nuovo slancio alla carriera della band bergamasca, che da qui in poi comincerà a scrollarsi questo fardello di punk boyband per diventare un vero e proprio punto di riferimento dell’underground italiano.

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