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ALONE

Clepsydra

 

Neo-Prog

4.03 | 117 ratings

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The Crow
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5 stars The first thing that comes to my mind when I heard this album is... What a pity.

Yes... It's a pity this band ist so unknown, even in the prog scopes. Because they deserve a gold place like one of the better neo prog bands, in my opinion. But sometimes the music is unfair, and wonderful bands like this have no chance to approach to bigger audiences... And they remain like a hidden treasure, only for the few who had the luck to discover this treasure... And I'm one of these lucky persons.

"Alone" is the fourth and last Clepsydra's album till now... And maybe their last ever, because this band appears to exist no more. Y hope this change, and one day we see another Clepsydra's record born... But it's difficult, I think.

And what can we find in "Alone"? Just great progressive music... A very well structured concept album, with a cristal clear production and really well played. Every instrument here has its role. The Pietro Duca's drums are not too complex, but elegant, powerful and very effective. The Nicola de Vita's bass is just great, with a lot of memorable melodies and contrast, and even solos, like in Tuesday Night. Marco Cerulli sounds really fine in guitars. The variety of his work is really remarkable. Both electric and acoustic guitars sounds great. The electric solos are heart touching, a little in the way of the Lele Hoffman's solos, the previous guitarist of the band. And the acoustics... Just hear The Return. Just marvellous, and a mellow pleasure.

And Phillip Hubert... His keyboards are so fine... The amount of ambients and feelings that this man provides the music of this album is really good. He sounds always in his place, but always there. And the sound of the solos, following the path of Mark Kelly, Martin Orford, Clive Nolan... Is that makes this album a real Neo Progressive work. Marvellous.

Finally, I will talk about Aluisio Maggini, the singer... What a great voice! Not too diverse, this man has not a high range, its obvious. And he pronunces english not very well, its true... Sometimes is really hard to understand what he says. But the passion and feeling this man gives to his lyrics in "Alone"... Is awesome. This man really feels what he sings... And sometimes, a good singer needs nothing more. His voice is very personal, and like every voice like that, there will be people who hates it... But I love the way this man sings.

And well... This people made a true neo prog masterpiece with "Alone". Taking the best of every band in the genre (maybe Marillion and IQ are the greater influences...), they made an own personality. This style develped more personal in every album... And "Alone" is the peak of their career, without a doubt.

And like I said, in my opinion this is a neo prog masterpiece... Maybe not really original, and a little predictable. But with an outstanding quality... And sometiemes, this is the most important factor. So if you like this genre, even when it's only a little, you muss hear it.

Because an album made with so much passion is hard to find...

The Crow | 5/5 |

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