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Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)


Rock Progressivo Italiano

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3 stars Little cause for Celebration

PFM's 1975 UK follow up to "The world become the world" and their live album "Cook", sees the band moving into a generally softer phase.

The first track, "From under" reflects the style of the album as a whole, with the influence of their mentors ELP still to the fore, particularly in terms of the keyboards. While the lead vocals are at times reminiscent of Peter Gabriel in his time with GENESIS, Bernardo Lanzetti voice is uncannily like the distinctive trembling tones of Roger Chapman (of FAMILY).

More of the tracks have soft acoustic intros. These tend to deceptive however, as the music builds to symphonic, jazz influenced or plain rock pieces. The title track for example has a soft flute intro, before a rather jarring simple rock theme is introduced. It ends with a pleasing synth section, similar to that on "Celebration" from their "Photos of ghosts" album.

Side two (of the LP) consists of just the two tracks, "Out on the roundabout", and "Paper charms". For me these are rather average tracks, which are somewhat directionless and rambling. There is certainly some good keyboard and violin work but the music, and especially the vocals, tend to ramble with no real sense of direction or purpose.

The album in total is only 36 minutes long, indicating perhaps that PFM were rapidly running out of the inspiration which had made their earlier albums so appealing. While there is enough good music on this album to make it "good", it is nothing more than that, and ultimately a bit disappointing.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |


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