Review by Woody
Although The Dark Side of Venus hail from Italy there is something very English sounding about their album Power To Victims. Principal song writer and composer Licia Missori has a very unique and avant garde style which I found really intriguing and fresh. Missori is a Keyboard/Pianist so there is heavy use of my favourite instrument throughout the album and the fact she uses a keytar live and in the music videos definitely elevates her to ‘totally awesome’ status to me.
The songs on Power To Victims are really hard to pigeonhole as nothing is off limits to Missori in her song writing. It’s got Alternative rock touches amongst Jazz, Pop, classical and it’s all very eccentric and dramatic in its delivery. As I’m listening through the album one minute I’m thinking ‘wow this is very off the beaten track and could be a bit of an acquired taste’ the next second I’m thinking ‘Wow! that hook is killer and that chorus is so infectious how can anyone not be struck by it!’. I really enjoy and appreciate the album and it’s avant garde edge. I think music fans who appreciate song writing and musicianship will find lots to intrigue and excite them here. Even though it’s a little off the wall, there is also a lot of easily accessible choruses and pop hooks to make this album appeal to music fans looking for something on the surface with obvious hooks if they give it a chance.
It can be very dramatic and over blown in its delivery and with that in mind it does put me slightly in mind of Kate Bush, especially the pop flavour and eccentricity in the song writing. There is so much going on in every song, it’s a real rollercoaster of a listen and regardless of the often off beat feel it is always insanely catchy! Another thing that really captures me is that there is a very rich, full all-encompassing big sound which really draws me in and captivates me.
As a lover of Keyboards, it’s great to hear so much variety in Missori’s keyboard compositions really showcasing what a wonderful instrument it can be and also how insanely talented she is! I’m pretty sure vocalist Francesca Elayne Naccarelli is classical trained given her beautiful and controlled vocals, never operatic or destroying songs with warbling (the bane of popular music) but perfect for the drama and eccentricity needed for these songs. Lyrically the songs are just as off the wall as the music a lot of the time and fit the tone of the songs perfectly.
I think Power To Victims really shines when you listen to it as whole, which is another reason dedicated muso’s will eat this up with relish. But for those of us who want a quick hit of catchy goodness look out for the Kate Bush feeling ‘Oh Claire!’, undeniably addictive ‘Everything Feels Fake’, pop alt rock fusion of ‘I Don’t Give A Damn’ and the upbeat ‘Dance Til The End Of The World’.
The beautiful ballad ‘Heal Me’ really stands out with its atmospherics, beautiful vocals and emotive tone and lyrics. ‘I Adore Your Blood’ is another one that really impressed me from the first listen, it’s dark, but it’s pumping chorus is unbelievably catchy!
This isn’t an obvious sounding rock album for me to enjoy and it surprises me just how much I like it and I think many others will be surprised to! It’s a beautiful album if you’re looking for something a little different, experimental but still accessible with lots of memorable choruses then you should definitely give Power To Victims a try!
Track Listing: Distance / Everything Feels Fake / I Don’t Give A Damn / I Am Never Alone / Never Forget / Sadistic Pervert / Meant To Cross The Line / Heal Me / Dance Til The End Of The World / Aurora Del Sud / He Walks Around / Slowly / I Adore Your Blood / In Flames / Oh Claire! / The Enemy Inside
Album Rating: 8/10
Woody’s Essential Track: I Adore Your Blood
album reviews >