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info opinion


Self-titled CD


Genres: soft rock, pop, new age

Andy Pietropaolo
14, via Acqua Solfa
04011 Aprilia LT

Sep 30 - Oct 6 2002

Onomatopea are a band from Italy that creates light pop songs with vocals courtesy of a Bjork-esque Delia Lyn. While they do show lots of promise, this album suffers from a lack of focus and catchiness. However, some nice, defining aspects leak through, showing that there could be a brighter future for Onomatopea if they work at it.

"The Power of Light and Love" is very representative of this album. While it has an okay, new-age-ish feeling to it, there is not enough to keep you coming back for more; the melodies aren't catchy, and the atmosphere isn't particularly well done. "Lucky Charm", on the other hand, has a neat little musical score-esque background to it, which works quite well.

The problem here lies in the fact that there is more bad than good contained within the album. While some people may enjoy this as relaxation music, I can see little other use for it.

All in all, Onomatopea's music has some nice aspects to it, but doesn't warrant any serious attention, as it has not been developed nearly enough. In order for their music to improve, the band will have to work on their melody structures and rhythms, and will also have to find an appropriate niche for themselves. Until then, however, their output will likely go unnoticed.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 60 min 42 sec; 11 tracks; distributed by CD Baby; released 2002]