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Music Review: Bellini – The Precious Prize of Gravity

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Bellini is a gruff, but nuanced, post punk band that has power and grace. They poke around the same areas as Fugazi, Scrawl, Shellac, and Shipping News and produce harsh angular ballads. The band features members of Uzeda and Boys Against Girls and deal out kiss followed by sucker punches.

The Precious Prize of Gravity is the band’s 4th full-length album, their second on Temporary Residence Records  and is produced by Steve Albini, who has produced the band since their inception in 2001. The album is 10 tracks long and is a smoky , shifty, boxing match of an album. Like a prize fighter, Bellini uses the best footwork, fantastic fundamentals, and methods. It lulls you to sleep then jars you with some uppercuts.

The album starts off intense with a dirty, fuzzy guitar riff and pounding drums on “Wake up Under a Truck” which is one of the best tracks on The Precious Prize of Gravity. The tempo picks up a bit with the second track “Numbers” with the vocals from Giovanna Cacciola straining and pleading, She has an interesting way of being powerful and disarming. The band seems that way too.

The guitars and drums in Bellini dance aggressively with your ear drums revving them up only to drop them off a cliff of spiraling chaos, then start the next song with slow flamenco like guitars. Another of the top tracks on the CD is “The Man Who Lost His Wings” a completely instrumental adrenaline fueled rush, with guitars breaking down doors, drums rattling cages and basslines that strut around like they own the place. “Susie” is another one of the best tracks along with” The Thin Line” and the big uppercut of “A Deep Wound” at the end.

Half of the 10 tracks are really all you need on this album though, the others are more boring versions of the best ones. The top tracks include the grace and the fury and keep you interested, but too often on the record you get lulled to sleep and don’t feel the uppercut come at all, you just keep peacefully nodding your head.

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