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AL VOLO

Stormy Six

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.05 | 12 ratings

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laplace
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2 stars Two stars in terms of progressiveness; this reviewer greatly enjoys Al Volo and would personally rate it over three.

The preceding reviewer mentioned King Crimson's third era and that does seem to be a major touchstone, although there are non-guitar instruments brooding behind the grungy distortion and the loud bass, mostly in the form of '80s style synthesizer play.

Unlike the aforementioned band's "Discipline", "Al Volo" has a wider scope and is not always so claustrophobic, nor so neurotic. Generally speaking, the tracks alternate between a powerful number and a more relaxed, contemplative piece. Of the oddly numbered songs, "Piazza degli Affari" in particular leaves me wishing I had studied italian as it is propulsive and immediate, like a song with a definite agenda, while the subsequent "Ragionamenti" calms down to the point where the song is carried by a vocal ensemble, reminding me of a prog christmas carol - possibly what Prog-Jester has in mind when he references Gentle Giant.

The three albums that come before this one are more important to progressive rock, especially "L'Apprendista" which surely helped them become one of the original RIO members. It's safe to forego investigation into "Al Volo" as it is not an important work, just an enjoyable one.

laplace | 2/5 |

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