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.
This is a very cool CD, but the cover is nowhere near that. It loses a point out of the gate for profanity and I’d like to see how far that alone can take this otherwise well put together release. And anytime an artist want to get exposed they really need to think about that if they actually want to market it. Some reviews will never get it up to good exposure because for all anyone can read, they look at the cover. It’s not bad artwork it’s just that these songs really do appeal and it adds a trashy effect. There is nothing it can do to boost ones status because it crosses accessible values with poor results. But once that is out of the way, if you pick this up the music will more than suffice you, especially if you like The Beatles, as this almost pays perfect respect to them and other British pop bands as well. But most of it stick to that formula.
Don’t get me wrong, everything on here is written and played with pure excellence, even if heavily influenced by music we all know and love. There should be more of this going around these days but it trended in the 90s with bands like Oasis who had a very Beatles/Who approach, sharpened by modern sound. I don’t know how far Luca Boskovic can go with this but I would hope he keeps it up and makes his mark with it, and I’m glad to know about him. These are all well-crafted pop masterpieces by the time you hear them all, and not one of them doesn’t have something interesting and soothing to offer, and they’re packed with great hooks and melodies. But let’s be honest and up-front about the fact that mostly pays homage to the past, and that can be a decision that either takes off or implodes.
The nest step for him would be to get out there and tour as far and wise as possible. This is not always the aspiration of the artist but should be if they want to divide and conquer, going from nobody to somebody in the duly applied efforts to get out there and circulate. But it’s only critical advice and takes nothing away from this product. It starts and ends with different versions of the same song, which is another cool thing about it. That track is “Just In Town,” and I happen to like the radio edited version on the end, rather than the less inspiring opener. But to evaluate those two first, they’re surrounded by all good stuff to enjoy anytime, anywhere.
In getting his influences out and laying them on the table, Bockavic appears to have no shame, but rather a lot of pride taken in his project to make it more than a covers or tribute act by really putting his own remarkable stamp on an old tried but true scope of music. The evidence of that is written all over some but perhaps lacking in others. But they all mingle perfectly in the process of all of these points. To give some examples, “Everyday’ does not beat the excitement of “Time To Grow” but it doesn’t hurt it either, as he pulls that off with apparent ease and the rest is easy to muster a positive opinion about. They’re all well arranged in good order and don’t have any out of place factors to complain about.
I can’t mention every song with great description as there isn’t a lot of need for that when you hear something this consistent. You just want to point out the good and bad of it all. Or maybe that is just me, but track for track they resemble one another too much to carry on over that, instead the highlights can do the business just as well. And they clearly are the more energetic and less sappy efforts, of which there fortunately aren’t as many.
But you will love just about everything about it, give or take a note or two that needlessly repeat. “Sun(born and die)” is great “Look For Some Songs,” is even better for instance but they both bode well in succession. You also get all of the usual cliché of the extremely good variety, rather than bad. And without that it would definitely be missing something on an otherwise grand effort to string the songs together for a complete album, which he certainly had in him and I sense has way more to spring on the world.
“What You’re Doing To Me,” “Time To Grow’ and “Deep Moon” are the stand out tracks I mostly recommend, but as mentioned there is plenty to weigh in on concerning that. It only loses one point for the aforementioned artwork content which doesn’t compliment it. But you can’t win all of the people over all of the time. But Luca Boskovic won’t lose any steam over that. He’s made a great album here.