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ACQUA FRAGILE

Acqua Fragile

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.12 | 79 ratings

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Finnforest
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2 stars English prog clone band

This album has some nice music and melodies, but please be aware this is not a true RPI album. It is a collection of impostor originals from the English prog scene, sounding ridiculously like period Genesis, Yes, Giant, and Crimson in various places. Vocals are in English and there is not much Italian tradition or even RPI style in the music or performance. If you don't care about that, read on for what they do get right: some nice songs.

"Morning Comes" is a classic song beginning with acoustic guitars before a serene vocal entrance. The full band kicks in big at about 2 minutes in with strong bass presence, a Fragile style drum sound and nice guitar solo. There are some dramatic, rather gorgeous peaks and valleys throughout the 7 minutes. This song falls into the Gabriel Genesis category. "Comic Strips" features Gentle Giant-ish style and vocals to a fault but it is more enjoyable to me than much GG itself! "Science Fiction Suite" features acoustic guitar and Yes inspired vocals that remind me of "Your Move/All Good People." Next is "Song from a Picture" and this is really beautiful mellow prog that pushes all my buttons. "Education Story" really does have vocals that sound like the Roger Chapman. It starts with a hard electric edge and gets a little bit jazzy with some marvelous changes and Squire like vocal harmonies. "Going Out" is short at 3 minutes and quite mellow. It would fit right in perfectly on a CSN album from the early 70s. Very nice harmonies. "Three Hands Man" is last and the longest at 8 minutes. Lush and gorgeous with nimble instrumental play like something from Tai Phong.

Far from essential, this is a title for those who want some original material based on the efforts of the English kings, and in that vein, they did OK. The 2004 Japanese mini-lp sleeve reissue features the usual great sound plus the unusual quad fold-out gatefold sleeve.

Finnforest | 2/5 |

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