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Italian Girls Like Ear Catching Melodies

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This intriguingly-titled compilation from Italian lounge and soundtrack music specialists DagoRed compiles a series of lounge-oriented tracks from a series of soundtracks put out by the Beat Record label during the 1960s and 1970s. As one might expect, it features plenty of tracks with an easy listening bent: "La Bella Signora" starts the album nicely by layering elegant strings and horns over a light jazz beat, and "Susan and Jane" highlights a luscious solo saxophone line against a gentle cushion of yearning strings. At the other end of the spectrum, there are some fast-paced pop cuts that pursue soul and jazz elements: "Beat Trombone" contrasts soulful organ lines and a percolating horn section over a frenetic double-time beat, while "Teresa L'Illusa" allows a fuzz-guitar line over a rhythm section that deftly shifts back and forth between jazz and funk rhythms. Most of the music on Italian Girls Like Ear-Catching Melodies is engaging, but the disc has a few problems. For instance, the disc lacks any liner notes, and cuts like "Planning the Snatch" are too short to make a lasting impression. However, the biggest problem with Italian Girls Like Ear-Catching Melodies is that it lacks the careful programming that would make it a comfortable listen: despite the generally high quality of its contents, this disc's abrupt shifts between gentle easy listening to frenetic jazz make it too challenging of a listen. In the end, Italian Girls Like Ear-Catching Melodies contains enough solid tracks to make it worthwhile for devotees of Italian lounge, but is likely to leave the casual listener cold.

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