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Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) - Stati Di Immaginazione CD (album) cover


Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)


Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.10 | 387 ratings

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3 stars PFM return with a triumphant instrumental release that when viewed with the accompanying video material is a very solid piece of art. The music is delightfully pleasant. It may not break new ground but it is undeniable beautiful. Some have stated they don't understand the fuss over this album and that people are overblowing it because it's PFM. I don't know, you can make the opposite case just as easily. Some people will foam at the mouth about the latest flavor-of-the-month release and dismiss something like this just because it is an old group like PFM. I think there are just as many people that cut slack on new releases as there are on older groups. In any case, if you love melody and beauty, this will not disappoint you despite the naysayers. If you're looking for some completely wild, bizarre new sound then it's true this will not fit the bill.

Others have provided a good track by track so I just want to comment generally on the music. Iā??m not sure what inspired PFM to make this album but I have a guess. Perhaps they surveyed the wreckage of past mistakes by themselves and others and decided that rather than trying to make music that will market well and sell to demographics important to the company, they would create something beautiful for their true fans. But they didnā??t just try to make easy listening fluff for the kinds of fans who seek safety. They took some chances. They used no vocals which was a great move, allowing them to concentrate fully on the important job of making the music tell a story. They alternate serene and calming sections of acoustic guitar with blistering balls to the wall rock.

And then thereā??s the accompanying video. What an absolute treat! Some are short fantasy style vignettes combining real footage with computer graphics, and some use archival black and white historic footage to great effect. ā??Nederland 1903ā? works especially well: thereā??s something quite haunting about watching people who lived so long ago. Itā??s not everyday you can see something like that. I also loved the one which featured the rising water and what it could mean for cities like Venice in the future. Amazing stuff.

One minor criticism I will note is that the cd booklet is extremely minimal. Basically they just note credits. Thatā??s as negative as I can be here. Bravo PFM!

Finnforest | 3/5 |


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