Journey of Hope
A little bit apart with respect to the rest of the Italian music scene, where musicians often fly the flag of a love of Springsteen in order to find their place in the sun, Marzorati is almost unknown. This is a bad thing because his elegance in writing, his romantic voice, the calm interpretation and the care that he takes with the arrangements and the details of his songs all point to an interesting singer/songwriter, who places importance on soft tones and intimate ballads. He has a strongly evocative style in which the guitar is accompanied by a classic-style piano of the highest quality which is one of the most distinctive aspects of the record. Marzorati is the author of the lyrics and the music but a group of family and friends has gathered around him who participate in the project which he leads. The Blugos are the talented Elisa Marzorati on the piano, Iliano Vincenzi on bass, and Andrea Scarpari on drums. There are also backing musicians, Daniele Scala from the Morblus on Hammond, Filippo Bonini on the violin and three backing singers. Francesca Palazzi is the art director and it's worth mentioning her given the quality of the sleeve notes complete with lyrics and photos. They have nothing to be ashamed of when compared with the best Anglo-Saxon productions, presenting that style of street-balladeer that Marzorati wants to convey with his music. The ballads Journey of hope, the touching Song from the next world, the catchy Out of my skin with Elisa Marzorati's piano playing well to the fore, the Springsteen-like (and it couldn't have been any different given the title) Come to a new land are among the best things on the record. The more upbeat songs also have their place. Worth mentioning are Blooming roots, What can I do? with it's sounds reminiscent of Little Feat, the high-paced Complainer's disease and those bluesy sounds with the slide guitar and the usual great piano work of Elisa Marzorati on Keep beating. These are songs however that never lose the good manners of a slightly "reserved" rocker who resembles more Jackson Browne than the heroes of the Jersey Shore. Recorded with professionalism Journey of hope has body, soul and a brilliant sound. Maybe Guido Marzorati needs a bit of toughness and "nastiness" but then again we know that Venice is a happy island, no traffic jams, no cars, no underground (despite the fact that the album cover has one on it) and nice talks over a glass of wine are still today the daily rhythms of those who aren't born to run. How can we say that they are wrong?