Test Your Metal Records [Release date 20.05.16]
I’ve been a passing fan of Angra a long time, but I would never call myself a diehard or super knowledgeable about them. What songs/albums I have heard I always enjoyed, but were never a band, for whatever reason, that ever grabbed me enough to mire myself deep into their catalog. I have even less knowledge about the band Almah, so when I was approached about writing about Edu Falaschi’s first true solo album, there was no name recognition at all. Yes, I know, bad metalhead, bad. Sorry, but I listen to so much stuff that bands sometimes fall through the cracks.
Falaschi isn’t the original Angra singer, coming to the fold in 2001. Almah is apparently a sideproject he started in 2006. That was just some quick research I did online just to get an idea of what I should know before I started writing.
Test Your Metal Records out of Canada have the distinct pleasure of releasing Edu’s very first solo album entitled Moonlight. I listened to the album a couple of times before researching, but was no more blown away by what washed over my ears knowing who he was compared to not.
For starters, I’m kind of glad I went in void of information because it might have taken away from what I heard. If you’re expecting anything remotely heavy, stop right there. This album is a beautiful lush reworking of some of his songs from throughout his career using only piano, acoustic guitar, and orchestra. Oh, and of course his stunning voice.
This is very dramatic; the type of album you would put on for a romantic night with your significant other, dinner by candlelight, or snuggling by the side of a fire. It truly displays just how talented of a singer he is. Tracks like “Arising Thunder,” “Nova Era,” “Breathe,” and “Wishing Well” are so full of passion, you can truly hear the importance of these songs to Falaschi, as well as his incredible control of his voice.
Sometimes it’s better to walk into something blind (unless it’s a wall) in order to get a true sense of what an album can bring you. Edu Falaschi’s Moonlight is a touching tribute to his career, and a wonderful interpretation of songs that I am sure many fans will be excited to hear.
It’s not entirely an album I would listen to with any frequency as it’s not necessarily my style, but if I’m looking to set a nice, quiet mood, this would be one I would certainly consider popping on. Fans of Edu as well as folks that enjoy acoustic music should find a lot to love about this album. ***1/2
Review by Chris Martin
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