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Fabrizio De André


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3.78 | 24 ratings

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I am not familiar at all with the work of Fabrizio De André and therefore can not judge the added value of this combined effort with "PFM".

All I can say is that if you are looking for some "PFM" music, this is not an album for you. Some folkish rearranged songs, that's what you will get here. All of them being Fabrizzio ones. The band was apparently impressed with his lyrics but since I have very little understanding of the Italian language it is difficult to imagine this influence.

His tone of voice is low-pitched and rather monochord IMO. This collaboration resulted in some concerts in Italy from which the Florence and Bologna ones gave birth to two live albums which should/could have been released as a one offering as well. But they would only have cashed once in this case.

We'll get the best and the worse here. The worse being "Un Giudice" and "Il Pescatore". Some sort of folkish jig totally unexpected of course if, again (like myself) you were expecting some "PFM" music. My feeling about the vocals is that it sounds more as long recitation than truly sung parts.

Another weak moment for my ears, is "Zirichiltaggia". A pure country and Western song. You can easily imagine the dancing scene while listening to this track.

The audience knows very well the repertoire presented here. I wonder how well they knew the "PFM" repertoire though. I am extremely disappointed with this recording. Since it is presented as a "PFM" release (which is not IMO), I will rate it as such. Two stars for this overrated folk album.

There is ONE outstanding song on this album : "Amico Fragile". Almost ten minutes of a poignant recitation combined with very good guitar and background keys. The first prog moment of this album (and I am talking about the closing number, you see.). The guitar work is really excellent. Emotional, passionate. Italian prog, maybe ? But ten minutes of very good music aren't sufficient IMO to make a good album. For fans of Fabrizio only.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |


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