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What do you get when you combine rock, funk, classical and opera with a musician that was born in Italy but is now living in the United States? You get a musician who calls himself The Venetian.

After coming to the United States, The Venetian formed a music trio that goes by his nom de plume. The rest of the trio is composed of Luca Spanio on bass and Kevin Witucky on drums and percussion. It is this musical outfit that is currently promoting an album of music that combines the previously mentioned musical genres into one unique sound. This 2011 album from The Venetian is called I Wanna Tell You a Story.

I Wanna Tell You a Story is a very apropos title for this release as the album is one of those rare releases called a “rock opera” just like A Night at the Opera by Queen or Tommy by The Who. And like those releases (and the regular operas) that came before, I Wanna Tell You a Story is divided into acts, each telling a part of the story.

The album begins with the track called “Act 1”. Sung in Italian (like the rest of the tracks that introduce the other acts of the opera), The Venetian sings the words of the track in a very operatic style, which only adds to the “opera” part of this rock opera. The piano being played by The Venetian adds a lot of beauty to the track.

It is on the second track of the album that the rock part of the rock opera comes through. The rock music that is contained within the song “Goodbye”has a lot of British Invasion influence to it while also containing just the right amount of classical feel to it. The combination of all of the elements that went into creating the song makes for one fun track.

For the track “The Black Cat,” the band takes the British Invasion influence and adds some blues feel to it. The song starts off somewhat mellow, but once the song gets going, the band settles into a groove that makes the listener want to dance to the music.

On the song “Sometimes,” the band breaks out a little funk influence in the band’s rock music. And while it is not that big an influence, the funk part of the song gives “Sometimes” an interesting twist and sets it apart from the rest of the songs on the album.

“Dancing Angel” is the track that the most amount of things to like about: From the rock base with the sideshow organ to the beautiful female vocals and the driving force of the music, you will find the song growing on you. “Dancing Angel” is easily the best track from the I Wanna Tell You a Story release from The Venetian.

“My Sweet Italian Pie” is easily the hardest rockin’ song of all of the tracks on the album. The groove created by the three musicians in the band and the guitar solos from The Venetian on the song nearly set your music player on fire.

While the title track of the album comes very late in the release,“I Wanna Tell You a Story” is as good as any of the songs that make up the first half of the release. In fact, it is on this track that the band lets loose. Because of that, the track is one of the entertaining on the album.

Speaking of letting loose, the track “Soft Snow” is an instrumental track that really shows off the talents of the musicians in the trio.

One bit of warning: The Venetian comes from Italy; because of that, it is sometimes difficult to understand him because of his accent.

Don’t let that stop you, though. The I Wanna Tell You a Story album from The Venetian contains more than enough reasons to check it out as the writing and playing of the three musicians involved have blended together to create a release that just plain fun to listen to.

Click the link for the video to the song “Soft Snow