Good 1

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“GOOD 1”
A masterpiece!
Alice & his friends cooked a perfumed cake with a lot of elements from stoner culture perfectly mixed with heavy-blues riffs and classic rock sounds...
“The Sweet-Smelling Road” opens the album on a kyussian atmosphere surprising for the vocal approach by Alice...near to Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon style!!!
“Emotion” produces hypno-sound vibrations and “Without You” runs very near to classic delta blues sounds...
“Butterfly” presents the vocalist Alice Albertazzi as the new Janis Joplin and the band (Pippo De Palma on guitars, G.Franco Romanelli on bass and slide guitar, Andrea Insulla on drums) tries to be the new Big Brother & The Holding Company...
The closing song “Bianco e Nero” is for me the only negative note: is a beautiful Italian pop song but it seems very far from the band style!
Class A production by the Magician Steve Albini.
Great musicians and original vocals: the evolution of stoner-rock!

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ALIX
“GOOD 1”
Alix è la band che tutti vorremmo ospitare tra i sub-woofer almeno una volta al giorno, per rifarsi i polmoni di vero rock’in che torna a suonare – spurgato da trendy e atrofismi - allo stato solido, hard-gasly, che dire….. metedrinico. Fanno e ammaestrano uno psychedelic groove rock che trascina per i capelli al centro del vertigo del loro strepitoso cd “Good 1”, slabbrato woodoo distorto pronto a colpire - per la varietà delle canzoni - fin dentro le più profonde deviazioni di un cut’n’past sfacciatamente bello, senza ritegno. A me questi bolognesi fanno venire in mente gli Ojm, i Miracles Worker dell’era Butler , quando quest’ultimo faceva la mano morta con i Flamin’ Groovies, Iggy Pop e Ozzy Osbourne; nel senso che in questo disco primeggia un’estetica sonica al servizio di splendidi intrecci blues, stoner, sludge, serviti su di una porzione di Bay Area e umidosità da Everglades che viene la voglia di morderlo tanto è ghiotto boccone. Alice Albertazzi, la vocalist, resta in sella a queste dieci tracce con il fare lascivo e deciso di Polly Harvey; voce ammaliante, asetticamente lussuriosa che concilia il chitarrismo bruciante di Pippo Di Palma, il muro di pelli di Gianfranco Romanelli e il basso laido di Andrea Insulla in un suono totale dove le paratie di contenimento di un unico style sono state divelte lasciando noi poveri recensori sotto le macerie a soffrire finalmente di felicità. Ricercato nei dettagli, puntuale negli insert, “Good 1” è l’album ineccepibile sotto ogni punto di ascolto, tutto voltato – per un senso circolatorio, mantrico, del marchingegno strutturale – a stordire ; alzate il volume e chiudete gli occhi, potreste essere ovunque adesso: nella Detroit sudicia degli Stooges con “Emotion” e “Solid as a stone”, a fabbricare joint con i Grant Lee Buffalo o Snakepit tra i grovigli sliddati Southern di “Without You”, fare la danza indiana a suon di watt assieme a Bif Naked in “The sweet-smelling road” o roteare estatici come Dervisci nel deserto di Sonora in “Don’t run ahead”.
Registrato e mixato da Steve Albini al Red House Recording di Senigallia e masterizzato a Chicago da Bob Weston, il disco degli Alix è una delle scatole sonore – che proviene dal girone emergenti - più pure e incontaminate da criteri ebeti che possiate ascoltare se avete orecchie ancora “vergini” per farlo. Tenete ancora serrate le palpebre quando ascolterete il mandala serpente di “Butterfly” che vi colonizzerà le meningi o “Bianco e nero” – unica traccia in italiano – dove tenere ferma la testa prima che chieda asilo agli empirismi di chitarra alla Eric Sardinas potrebbe risultare ostico; poi a suono fermo e a distanza di cinque minuti, risollevate le palpebre. Scoprirete che tornare “in terra” è una transizione che può riservarvi subdole insidie di vuoto, di abbandono.
09/11/2008 | di Massimo Sannella

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Track Name: The Sweet-Smelling Road
THE SWEET-SMELLING ROAD

THE SWEET-SMELLING ROAD
LED TO YOUR DOOR
I STILL REMEMBER HOW
IT WAS BEFORE

AND THROUGH YOUR WORDS
I COULD FEED ON YOUR DREAMS
I GAVE MYSELF TO YOU, BABY
TO SET MY SOUL FREE

WALKING THROUGH YOUR LAND
I STILL EMBRACE YOUR SOUL
AWAY FROM THE DARKNESS
I NEVER FEEL ALONE

THE WIND IS BLOWING HOW
IT WAS BEFORE
ON THE SWEET-SMELLING ROAD
THAT LED TO YOUR DOOR

TIME PASSES SLOWLY
YOU’RE LOST IN A DREAM
AND MY HEART TELLS ME
THAT ALL CAN BE REAL

WALKING THROUGH YOUR LAND
I STILL EMBRACE YOUR SOUL
AWAY FROM THE DARKNESS
I NEVER FEEL ALONE

THE SWEET-SMELLING ROAD
Track Name: Emotion
EMOTION

TAKE IT LIKE AN EMOTION
WITHOUT BARS AND WITHOUT CAGES
TAKE IT LIKE AN EMOTION
BLIND MAN RUNNING THROUGH SPACE

THERE’S NO TIME FOR CELEBRATION
GOT NO PLACE TO CALL HOME
GIVE HER A SMILE WITHOUT A REASON
AND NOW FORGET ALL THAT YOU’VE LEARNED
AND NOW FORGET ALL THAT YOU’VE LEARNED

LOOK ALL AROUND
WHEN YOU MOVE YOUR HEAD, BABY
LOOK ALL AROUND
AND NOW FORGET ALL THAT YOU LEARNED

TAKE IT LIKE AN EMOTION
ROUND AND ROUND THE RING SHE GOES
TAKE IT LIKE AN EMOTION
NOTHING’S GONNA SHAKE HER LOVE

THERE’S NO TIME FOR CELEBRATION
GOT NO PLACE TO CALL HOME
GIVE HER A SMILE WITHOUT A REASON
AND NOW FORGET ALL THAT YOU’VE LEARNED
AND NOW FORGET ALL THAT YOU’VE LEARNED

LOOK ALL AROUND
WHEN YOU MOVE YOUR HEAD, BABY
LOOK ALL AROUND
AND NOW FORGET ALL THAT YOU LEARNED
LOOK ALL AROUND
Track Name: Solid As A Stone
SOLID AS A STONE

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR
YOU’VE BEEN ALONE TOO LONG
IT’S SO HARD TO GET ON
SOLID AS A STONE

PLEASE, GET TO KNOW THE LIE
KEEP IT BY YOUR SIDE
I’LL TELL YOU IT’S TRUE
I’VE GOT NOTHING TO LOSE

SO WHEN I HAVE YOU
I FEEL LIKE I’M RUNNING FREE

YOU KNOW MY SONG IS NEW
I’LL TELL YOU HOW IT’S TRUE
IN A SKY SO BLUE
I’VE BEGUN TO DREAM ABOUT YOU

PLAY A NEW SONG FOR ME
I HAVE NO ONE TO MEET
YOU REALLY WANT TO LOVE
SOLID AS A STONE

SO WHEN I HAVE YOU
I FEEL LIKE I’M RUNNING FREE
Track Name: Without You
WITHOUT YOU

YOU COULD HAVE BEEN MY GOOD FRIEND
YOU COULD HAVE BEEN MY SON
I COULD HAVE STAYED BESIDE YOU
I COULD HAVE STAYED FOR MORE

I’M NOT THE ONE YOU WANT, BABY
I’M NOT THE ONE YOU NEED
AND THE WAY YOU’RE TREATING ME
MAKES ME FEEL LIKE GIVING IN

YOU CAN GUIDE ME OUT OF HERE
LIKE A SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT
TODAY IS THE DAY FOR ME TO RISE
WITHOUT YOU BY MY SIDE

SO IT’S TIME TO TAKE A RIDE
FLYING THROUGH THE SKY
WITHOUT YOU BY MY SIDE

YOU COULD HAVE BEEN MY GOOD FRIEND
YOU COULD HAVE BEEN MY SON
I COULD HAVE STAYED BESIDE YOU
I COULD HAVE STAYED FOR MORE

SO IT’S TIME TO TAKE A RIDE
FLYING THROUGH THE SKY
WITHOUT YOU BY MY SIDE
Track Name: Don't Run Ahead
DON’T RUN AHEAD

DON’T RUN AHEAD, DON’T RUN AHEAD
I SMELL THE GARDEN IN YOUR BED
DON’T RUN AHEAD

ON BOARD THE TRAIN
TO THE OTHER SIDE
YELLOW MOON ON THE RISE
WE’LL NEVER BE THE SAME

EASY.. DON’T RUN AHEAD

DON’T RUN AHEAD, DON’T RUN AHEAD
COME BACK AND JUMP IN MY FRIEND
DON’T RUN AHEAD

WE CAN HEAR THE CALL
THE LONG TRAIN OF DESIRE
YELLOW MOON ON THE RISE
WE’LL NEVER BE THE SAME

EASY.. DON’T RUN AHEAD

DON’T RUN AHEAD, DON’T RUN AHEAD
I SMELL THE GARDEN IN YOUR BED
DON’T RUN AHEAD
DON’T RUN AHEAD, DON’T RUN AHEAD
COME BACK AND JUMP IN MY FRIEND
DON’T RUN AHEAD
Track Name: Good One
GOOD ONE

YOU ARE REALLY SUCH A GOOD ONE
OUR KISSES SWEET AND HOT
LIKE A ROCK’N’ROLL SONG
SWEET BABY, YOU’RE A WILD MAN
YOUR SPIRIT’S HAPPINESS
LIKE A ROCK’N’ROLL SONG

LIKE A ROCK’N’ROLL SONG

WE USED TO WALK IN A WHITE DREAM
MIST ROLLING IN FROM THE SEA
CHASING THE RUNNING STREAM
TILL WE FOUND A SEA OF GREEN

YOU ARE REALLY SUCH A GOOD ONE
OUR KISSES SWEET AND HOT

SWEET BABY, YOU’RE WILD MAN
YOUR SPIRIT’S HAPPINESS
LIKE A ROCK’N’ROLL SONG
I KNOW FROM YOUR SMILE
THAT TONIGHT WE’LL BE FINE
LIKE A ROCK’N’ROLL SONG

LIKE A ROCK’N’ROLL SONG

YOU ARE REALLY SUCH A GOOD ONE
OUR KISSES SWEET AND HOT
Track Name: Butterfly
BUTTERFLY

YOU HOPE SO MUCH THAT YOUR RACE IS DONE
BUT YOU’VE TO GO BACK TO WHERE YOU BEGAN
LOOK AROUND, YOU’LL FIND THE SUN
IT’S NOT TOO FAR FROM WHERE YOU ARE
YOU’VE NEVER SEEN THE WORLD SO BRIGHT BEFORE
BRIGHT ENOUGH, TO LET IT GO
TURN AROUND AND START AGAIN
I’M GLAD I FOUND YOU ALONG THE WAY

WHY DON’T WE MEET TOMORROW
BETWEEN THE DARKNESS AND THE STAGE
WHY DON’T WE MEET TOMORROW
BETWEEN THE SUN AND THE CAGE
ALONG THE WAY, ALONG THE WAY
ON EVERY FACE, ALONG THE WAY
I DON’T KNOW WHAT MAKES YOU KIND
BUTTERFLY DON’T LEARN TO FIGHT

YOU’VE NEVER SEEN THE WORLD SO BRIGHT BEFORE
BRIGHT ENOUGH, TO LET IT GO
TURN AROUND AND START AGAIN
I’M GLAD I FOUND YOU ALONG THE WAY

WHY DON’T WE MEET TOMORROW
BETWEEN THE DARKNESS AND THE STAGE
WHY DON’T WE MEET TOMORROW
BETWEEN THE SUN AND THE CAGE
ALONG THE WAY, ALONG THE WAY
ON EVERY FACE, ALONG THE WAY
I DON’T KNOW WHAT MAKES YOU KIND
BUTTERFLY DON’T LEARN TO FIGHT
Track Name: Not Too Far
NOT TOO FAR

NOT TOO FAR, HERE I AM
TIMELESS, HERE I AM

NOT TOO FAR, WILD THING
HOW DOES IT FEEL, WILD THING

WHY DON’T WE TRY, DON’T WE TRY
LET’S ROCK

NOT TOO FAR, WE COULD HAVE FUN
WITHOUT FEAR, WE COULD HAVE FUN

NOT TOO FAR, HOW DOES IT FEEL
WILD THING, HOW DOES IT FEEL

WHY DON’T WE TRY, DON’T WE TRY
LET’S ROCK
Track Name: Do Not Wrong
DO NOT WRONG

TONIGHT BABY
TAKE ME HOME
TAKE ME BY SURPRISE
TOUCHING MY SOUL

LIE DOWN BY MY SIDE
TAKE CARE OF ME
WHEN MINDS OPEN WIDE
WE CAN BE FREE

TIME HAS TOLD ME
DO NO WRONG
AND I JUST TRY
TO GET AROUND
DO NO WRONG

TONIGHT BABY
TAKE ME HOME
WHEN THE DREAM COMES
TOUCHING MY SOUL

PUT ME IN A SAFE PLACE
TAKE CARE OF ME
A TROUBLED CURE
FOR A TROUBLED DREAM

TIME HAS TOLD ME
DO NO WRONG
AND I JUST TRY
TO GET AROUND
DO NO WRONG
Track Name: Bianco E Nero
BIANCO E NERO

RICONOSCEVO IN ME I SAPORI
DI UN’AMARA VERITA’
E DAVO FORMA A QUEI MOMENTI
CHE TRASFORMAVO IN LIBERTA’
IN QUEI MOMENTI MI SPECCHIAVO
E MI MUOVEVO IN ARMONIA
CHIEDENDOMI SE ERA GIUSTO
RIMANERE O ANDARE VIA

E LA NOTTE PASSAVA
E PIOVEVAN LE STELLE
LUNGHE OMBRE SOFFOCAVAN NEI MURI
E SI CERCAVANO SENZA PIETA’
I GRANDI ALBERI ABBRACCIAVANO IL MONDO
L’ACQUA SEGUIVA LE RIVE DEI SOGNI
E I TAMBURI SUONAVANO NOTE
E NOI.. RESPIRAVAMO NEL BUIO

IL VERDE INTENSO DISEGNAVA IL TUO VISO
IL BIANCO ERA AL POSTO DEL NERO
LE TUE LABBRA CHIAMAVANO IL ROSA
E LA SETE BAGNAVA I TUOI OCCHI
IL SILENZIO CONTAVA I COLORI
TRASMETTENDO UNA MUSICA SANA
ED IO MI PERDEVO CON LORO
FACENDO FINTA DI ESSERE VERA

NUVOLE DI PROIBITO
SI SCIOGLIEVANO NEL FREDDO
E L’ODORE L’ODORE ERA FORTE
PER IL LUNGO SONNO PROFONDO
LA VERITA’ LA NASCONDEVO NELL’ARIA
MOSTRANDO IL VISO ALLA LUNA SELVAGGIA
E M’ACCORSI GUARDANDOTI NELL’OMBRA
DI VOLERE ANCORA IL TUO FRUTTO