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Acqua Fragile


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.11 | 110 ratings

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3 stars Nice, but something is missing!

It was the year of 1973 (what a year in prog rock) when another very good Italian outfit came to scene with the recording of their first of two albums, sadly they also suffered that strange disease that several Italian bands suffered, one or two albums and the band dissappeared.

Acqua Fragile is a very good debut, as other reviewers have pointed out, we will notice a clear Genesis influence, the guitar sounds very Hackett inspired and also the vocals could remind us a bit of Gabriel. Anyway, the do have that traditional and unique Italian sound, it may not be as obvious as in other classic bands, but they have it. What could have been a mistake, at least for me, was that they being Italian and knowing the acceptance and beauty of their own language, decided to writhe and obviously sing in English, which actually is not that importa since the thing we all love is the music, but i would have preferred this same album but with Italian lyrics, just a simple point of view it might have been better receive by the people and mostly, but Italian prog fans.

Some of the previous reviewers have said (and correctly) that they have a strong influence of big 70`s artists such as Genesis, PFM or Gentle Giant, at the point that some could considere Acqua Fragile as another "clone" band, i dont really think so, every band has their influences and sometimes are placed in their own music, maybe this albums shows an obvious orientation to their influences, and lacks of originality, that is the problem here, though we should focus more in the music and not in if they are a copy of x or y.

This album contains 7 songs and a total of 36 minute lenght, as several of the 70`s Italian albums, this has the same range of 35 - 45 minutes, starting with "Morning Comes" which is one of the better songs here without a doubt, actually is a promising first track with a Hackett-oriented guitar and good arrangements. The second is "Comic Strips", i dont want to steal Andrea Cortese`s words, but actually i have to say that he is (as usual) right saying that this is which reminds us more to Gentle Giant. "Science Fiction Suite" is a nice song when we can appreciate everyone`s vocals and a good acoustic guitar making a folkish / traditional sound. "Song from a Picture" is a boring and nothing complex song, sadly one of the worst parts of the album. "Education Story" is far much better than the last one, here we can listen to a proggier song with keyboards and a very nice drums playing, also some little changes, very nice arrangements. "Going out" is the shortest and probably saddest song of the album, nothing happens if this song is skipped, you wont miss anything. "Three hands Man", contrary to the latest one, is the longest song and probably best song of this album, here we can say that they were a true prog band no matter their lack of creativity and originality, great bass lines and keyboard playing, but again, it would have been better with Italian vocals, this is how te album finishes.

After all, this is aln album that i can enjoy and listen sometimes, i honestly would recommend it only for Italian prog rock die-hard fans, though i repeat, the lyrics are not in English, every Italian lover might enjoy this, but if you are looking for another gem, this is the wrong place, this album is far from being a jewel and it has nothing to do with the masterpieces that we all know.

I would say 2.8 stars, lets give it 3.

memowakeman | 3/5 |


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