Belladonna - And There Was Light
Record Label: self released
Release Date: May 16, 2011
After the success of Metaphysical Attraction and its follow-up, The Noir Album, the band from Rome headed by sensual singer Luana Caraffa and producer/guitarist Dani Macchi once again release another rock noir masterpiece with And There Was Light.
The album was recorded last November in Los Angeles at the legendary Stagg Street Studios with the precious help of engineer Mike Tacci (Metallica's Black Album) and Grammy-nominated producer Alex Elena (Alice Smith, Lily Allen).
It features such great artists as Massimiliano Annibaldi (the renowned Italian film soundtrack composer) on the theremin and the viola da gamba, Imani Coppola (the cult New York singer-songwriter recently in the UK top 10 as Little Jackie) on the violin, Francesca Bottaro (of avant-garde pop combo Shootin' Stars) on the sax and the L.A. art-rock Diva Ruby Friedman with a haunting spoken-word feature.
The album starts with a very unusual intro, “Last Night I Died”, that takes you into another dimension; it feels like as you are sent out with a spaceship and your destination has no time and no space. Then, “Morning Star Blues” spins you back into the sensual world, taking you to the genius cynical lyrics of “Stiletto.” The following “I Feel Life” is without a doubt a highlight off the album and it gives you an intensely deep sense of well-being and serenity.
All twenty tracks once experienced will remain inside of you forever - as “Song for Tania” dedicated to the almost-forgotten memory of Tamara 'Tania' Bunke, or “A Pyromantic Sonnet” with guitarist Dani playing the delightful song’s theme with a blues harp.
“Be my star,” “Violet The Light” and “Sirens” were already known in their demo form by hardcore Belladonna fans, but here they have been rerecorded and rearranged; they sound way more emotionally powerful than they once did.
Very intriguing indeed are the instrumental links placed between some of the album tracks (like “Ballerina”). The track is played on a solo piano, “Phosphorous Rising” takes on a heavily distorted guitar and the spoken word features of Carl Gustav Jung and Aleister Crowley.
“And There Was Light” is a deep reflection into the human mind and soul. It's more than just a music album; it is a book written to be read and read again, to be underlined and to be studied in every line.
Congratulations to Belladonna for making such an outstanding record and for their courage to be what they are: pure artists with an inner and deep love for music. And for doing what they are doing by themselves without any kind of compromises to the music business.