Through the barricades (album degli Spandau Ballet del 1986)

All’apice del successo gli Spandau Ballet pubblicarono nel 1986 l’album THROUGH THE BARRICADES.

L’intro Barricades prepara il campo con lo scroscio della pioggia, dei passi misteriosi e il dolce connubio chitarra/piano. A seguire il rock di Cross the line, tra ruggiti di chitarra, la trascinante voce di Hadley e una fanfara che lancia il sax di Norman. Man in chains si apre con un bel pizzicare sulle corde, in seguito la chitarra si fa vibrante e Tony canta ben amalgamato alle coriste, in coda bella l’attesa prima che il sax esploda. La strepitosa How many lies è introdotta da celestiali cori, poi il canto di Hadley passa dal suadente alla deflagrazione, poi nella parte conclusiva applausi per il duetto voce batteria prima di una bella pausa chitarristica che lancia l’esaltante coda sax/cori. Virgin picchia da subito con Keeble alla batteria, Norman al sax e una dirompente voce femminile, che torna protagonista al controcanto a seguire, il brano non ha un attimo di sosta e corre alla velocità della luce fino alla sua conclusione priva di sfumatura. Fight for ourselves è una scarica di adrenalina che invita e sostiene a combattere per noi stessi, il cui incedere ha trascinato il pezzo allo stato di celebrità, facendone anche uno dei tre singoli dell’album, notevole l’apporto corale e le percussioni. Il piano apre Sweept, poi la melodia cresce vigorosa e malinconica accompagnata dalla batteria, la chitarra di Martin Kemp e il sax. Snakes and lovers è in apertura imponente poi si snoda accattivante in virtù di un motivo immediato. Chiude la title-track, un grande esempio di come si scriva e componga una canzone senza età, con una splendida dissolvenza in entrata, una chitarra di rara intensità, un motivo melodico e avvolgente e una marcia sontuosa nella seconda parte.

Gli Spandau Ballet piazzano l’ennesimo successo, raggiunto attraverso una qualità che abbraccia soul bianco, new wave, pop e rock, gli imprescindibili requisiti di un disco importante e qualcosa di più.

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