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Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) - L'Isola Di Niente CD (album) cover


Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)


Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.23 | 780 ratings

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5 stars This is probably my favourite PFM album.

The title track is just wonderful. It starts as an opera, evolves into hard territory, then brings you into some wonderful mellotron moments, leads you to a pastoral flute passage, through subtle keyboards and ends like "Dancing Out With The Moonlit Knight". What an enjoyable piece of music !

This album won't be fully Italian, which is in a way a bit sad since the only English song "Is My Face on Straight" is also featured on "The World.". This song is probably the most "Crimson" oriented. The finale is rather funny and jazzy as well.

Some prog folk to continue : "La Luna Nuova" starts really like a medieval piece of music. Full of joy and dynamic instrumental opening. The festive mood goes on with the vocals. We are not far from "E Festa" in the spirit.

I guess that there is no better title for the quiet and melodic "Dolcissima Maria". Very sweet indeed. Again, the influence is early Crimson while playing pure symphonic music. "Trespass" is of course another point of comparison. Magnificent flute for the last minute. So light, so nice, so beautiful, so . Italian.

The closing and instrumental "Via Lumiere" is again truly Crimsonesque noisy and improv style during the first half. Rather difficult to digest I would say. Fortunately, the second part is again a pure symphonic joy. Melodious and repetitive, it is the final touch to this great album.

It is not a perfect one, but for reasons I will outline in my the review for "The World ..." I will give the maximum rating available.

Five stars.

ZowieZiggy | 5/5 |


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