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The Venetian Book of the Dead: song-by-song notes by Kevin Hewick. 10

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'EARLY GRAVE'

 

Built from a keyboard generated pulse this suggested a very stark, resigned meditation on fading mortality, expressing no fear, just the regret that time is running out and that nothing can be done to prevent the inevitable.

 

'DESTINAZIONE ASTRALE'

 

Alessandro and Bob Brian create one of the most beautiful sections of the album. It can be seen as evoking the ascent of the spirits of those who have passed on. It's an outstanding piece, one of the best ever Unfolk instrumentals yet.

 

'LIMITED EDITION OF ONE'

 

A message - and a warning - to future generations from a voice of the past, a past that can indeed 'happen again'.

 

We may - or may not - learn from history.

 

It took a lot of plays of the original track to get a lyric as simple and direct as this one but I think I cracked it in the end!

 

'SOMEONE IS ALWAYS SCREWING SOMEONE'

 

Alessandro had called this 'The Elevator' so that gave me the image of the high-rise corporate tower where things are 'hidden in the mist'.

 

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