Francesco Marras - It's Me

Between riffs, groovy solos, keyboards, melody and choruses, "It's Me!" it's a good hard rock album, also for this record Francesco gave his best managing to convince both for his skill by balancing technique and inspiration.

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Valeria Campagnale

9/10/20222 min read

Artist: Francesco Marras
Title: It's Me!
Genre: Hard Rock
Label: Hell Tour Productions
Released Date: 15th September 2022

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Tracklist:
01 – Money Talks

02 – Take My Hand

03 – You Set My Heart On Fire

04 – We Take The Blue Away

05 – The Thrill Of The Hunt

06 – Lady Of Ice

07 – In The Name Of Rock And Roll

08 – Do You Hear Me Now?

09 – Embrace The Silence

10 – Closer To The Edge

Lineup:

Francesco Marras – vocals, guitars, bass, banjo and drums programming

Bodo Schopf – drums on track 2 (Special Guest)

Marco “Lord” Cossu – hammond, piano

Marco Garrucciu – backing vocals

Francesco Marras, founder of the band Screaming Shadows with whom he released five albums, two solo instrumentals "Black Sheep" (2011) and "Time Flies" (2018), since 2020 Francesco is the guitarist of the NWOBHM band Tygers of Pan Tang, is back with the new solo album "It's me!" for the Hard Rock /Metal Hell Tour Productions label.
In "It's Me!" Francesco also offers himself as a singer, so his new proposal is no longer purely instrumental and we can hear Bodo Schopf (Michael Schenker) on drums in the track "Take My Hand" as guest musician, Marco "Lord" Cossu on Hammond organ and Marco Garruciu as background vocalist, while on violin the violin in "Closer To The Edge" is played by Emanuele Martinez. Francesco's voice is indeed the innovation of this record, having always listened to him on the six strings; a harmonised, sometimes groovy voice, in tune with the songs on offer.

In general, the songs stand out from each other, even though they retain a very British inspiration, i.e. inspired by bands like Uriah Heep or Whitesnake, to name just two.
Good opening riff for 'Money Talks' with Hammond organ, catchy chorus and a good dose of the right mood for a track that is fresh and classic at the same time, an inviting start to continue listening.
In 'Take My Hand', in addition to the presence of Bodo Schopf behind the drums, as mentioned above, we find Francesco definitely inspired, very nice musical line and melody of the song, one of the tracks that stands out on this album.
"You Set My Heart On Fire", the first single from the album, "We Take The Blue Away" and "The Thrill Of The Hunt" are in the same style as the previous two tracks; the intertwining of keyboards and guitars give a crunchy and melodic flavour to the album at the same time and with the addition of the catchy choruses, makes "It's Me!" a pleasant listen with a slightly retro flavour and pleasantly fluent.
The ballad 'Lady Of Ice', in which one can hear the influence and hints of Uriah Heep is very intense, probably one of the most beautiful songs on this album, although, as always with ballads, they are a little difficult for me to enjoy, I must admit that some, like this one for example, are little gems. Very fast rhythm is "In The Name Of Rock And Roll" the groove of the bass before the solo by Francesco is beautiful, as well as the following semiballad "Do You Hear Me Now" with a crazy feeling. In "Embrace the Silence" we find again the work of guitar and Hammond which seems to be a distinctive sign of this album.

Between riffs, groovy solos, keyboards, melody and choruses, "It's Me!" it's a good hard rock album, also for this record Francesco gave his best managing to convince both for his skill by balancing technique and inspiration.

Valeria Campagnale



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