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CHERRY FIVE

Cherry Five

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.91 | 125 ratings

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NJprogfan
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4 stars Fantastic Italian one-shot band whose album would have garnered a 5-star rating if it wasn't for the English sung vocals. I'm not saying they're awful, it's just that it probably would have meshed better if they sung in their mother tongue. Now, if you're a fan of early Yes circa 69'-70' then your in for a treat. These guys have the sound down pat! They don't copycat Yes songs, but the structure of the songs, especially "The Swan Is A Murderer Part 2" and "Oliver" scream early Yes. Pignatelli's bass playing is as thumping and nimble as Squire's bass playing during the early Yes years, just plain wonderful and Bordini's drumming is killer! Another highlight of the entire album is the sheer breakneck speed of all the songs, you'll have to catch your breath listening. The only rough song in the bunch is the last track, "My Little Cloud Land". It sounds dated even for a prog song recorded in 1975. It's too silly in parts with absolutely ridiculous lyrics. It's not a total waste though, but compared to the majestic "The Picture Of Dorian Gray" and "Country Grave- Yard" it's a weak closing number. But don't let that hinder your purchase of this album. It's an incredible symphonic album with excellent bass and drum playing. Singing is not the strongest, but that's okay they do try their best and it shows. 4.5 stars knocked down to 4.
NJprogfan | 4/5 |

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