Boskovic – A Temporary Lapse of Heaven
Luca Boskovic Bonini, artistically known simply as Boskovic, was born in Vicenza on a cold December day in 1970. He inherited his passion for music from his father, who daily listened to classical music and was mostly attracted to Beethoven, Bach and Vivaldi. When he is 12, he casually buys a Beatles long play record and is completely overwhelmed by the British pop energy and, later, by the rock and roll of the origins. With the passing of time the influence of the Beatles music, in particular of Paul McCartney, will strengthen his awareness that music is the ideal and natural setting where he can freely express his sensitivity and artistic talent.
The rest can be found in his bio at his website from where this official source comes. First of all this is no amateur collection of songs, even though it’s all very much about things that have already been done. I often think why does an artist choose a genre instead of just doing what comes naturally and letting others call it whatever they do? But this is a different result than usual. It sounds well transformed into the now from its roots. That is the biggest testament to this CD. It translates very well and can seem like it brings back some qualities that are long gone. It’s all done very well that way and you almost picture the Beatles and the Kinks if they were around today. Kicking off with “Just In Town” it doesn’t come on with the greatest effect but that is instantly improved with “Everyday” to get the hooks going, and it’s off and running well. But it’s important not to copy but to improvise, and he nails that by the time it’s all over. The lyrics shine brightly here and you know some cool stuff is coming behind it. Great stuff but it didn’t start so well at the outset. Either way both tracks go well together in establishing a sound that doesn’t disappoint. This is already starting to go well and you want to hear more, that’s one thing for sure and it’s an approach helps any CD take off. And take off pretty well it does. What a refreshing spin on the old traditional pop of the 60s and 70s, as the fun carries on with “Sun,” and you get a real strong presence of the Beatles Fool On The Hill, but that also goes into other territory. It’s worth mentioning any influences because they’re all profound in the process but not in any disgraceful ways. In-fact it’s the opposite most of the time. This track encompasses a 90’s return to Britpop essence as well. It’s probably the most contemporary piece on offer. Great guitar and general instrumental interplay take this song the distance. You either like what’s going on by now or you don’t and should pass altogether if that is the case. Leave it to ears who can appreciate it. Not to be too critical of the artist or the listener but you have to make choices sometimes. This is by no means a perfect record but there is nothing on it to complain about composition and performance delivery-wise. But on the other hand I’m not that excited about “Look And Fly,” as it doesn’t float my boat, but I do digress concerning the slinky first guitar solo. So not all is lost with this track to say the least, as the guitar does save some grace. How this cannot be noticed is beyond me but to not pick up on that seems a little far-fetched for any rock reviewer. There is some more great playing takes it out with a pretty extended fade. And the next track brings on more to chew on with “Looking For Some Songs” gets my vote for the overall best track on the album. It contains nothing I don’t like. But the vocals almost lose you quickly because it starts off like it’s going to maintain a false British accent but it’s a European thing only.
“Deep Moon” is pretty good too but one of the few tracks I would say could use some improvement, especially because it begins to sound like something a little too lifted from the Magical Mystery Tour. But who better to follow, really. Maybe there is some added repetition on this but whatever it is, it’s just alright, nothing too spectacular but also takes no point away. Other tracks burn very well, like for instance the atmospheric sound of “What You’re Doing To Me,” with its use of dogs barking, ala Good Morning by you know who. It’s all very respectful of course, and that is probably why it works so well. These qualities are kept up on just about every track, including “Done” and the enormously satisfying and big sounding “Time To Grow,” which features some of the best work to be found in the whole gathering. And the rest of the stretch is an exceptional effort as well, with “You Can Do It” standing out the most. This is a great effort by Boskovic that can take him far and wide if the right powers get wind of the chops, songwriting skills and overall presence of what is certainly a fine budding artist. It’s one hundred percent vibrant and fresh sounding, even for a quite the throwback it is.