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Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) - Per Un Amico CD (album) cover


Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)


Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.42 | 1527 ratings

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4 stars I guess that ANY symphonic prog lover will just be blown away with this album. Whether you understand Italian or not does not really matter. It is an important album for the symphonic genre. Tout court (humm, this means "period").

I discovered "PFM" a few years (three) after this album was released and this might well be one of their best album.The opener is just a magnificent piece of music. These mellotron passages, so strong, so ... sublime. It is always with great emotion that I listen to this jewel of symphonic music. The only negative comment would probably be the vocals which won't never convinced me (whoever holds them).

This album isn't a whole symphonic one. "Generale" is particularly hard to digest for me. Directionless and more improvisation style. But this is another TM from the band.

Most of this very good album holds brilliant songs as we all like. Complex music, difficult to grasp at first sight. You'll need to be patient with "Per Un Amico". It will grow on you and you'll be rewarded for sure. Take the test, really.

The best song IMO is "Il Banchetto". Mostly instrumental, it is a marvelous trip into the lush mellotron sounds. It summarizes quite well "PFM" music overall. Complexity and beauty all mixed in one of their most beautiful piece of music. Classic, jazzy, symphonic...PFM. The highlight.

The closing and very quiet "Geranio" will leave some "Trespass" marks at start but will soon turn into some sort of Italian feast as the band has been used to with "E Festa" from their debut album mixed with lots of classicism as well. Breathless at times and changing from theme several times.

I wouldn't rate this album with the masterpiece status but it is definitely worth your listening. Four stars.

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |


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