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FELONA E SORONA

Le Orme

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.26 | 613 ratings

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The Lost Chord
4 stars 8.5/10 Great

Felona e Sorona was the first le Orme album I heard, and it blew me away. There was alot on the album that at first listen I was not too interested in, and now I enjoy it even more, but am almost more critical of it. Simply, what I love about this album is MELODY, and emotional passages, which it has alot of. BUT, it doesn't have enough of it to warrant being a true classic album...there are certainly a few tracks that are classics for me now, but as a whole I am still skipping some of it when I play it through.

I must say, the first part of this album is by far my favorite stuff. Aldo Tagliapietra has an absolutely amazing vocal, and he is one of the big reasons I love this band. Felona as a song is peaceful, emotional and melodic and I love it...to top it off it transitions into the best moment of the entire album, the beginning of La Solitudine......absolutely magical is all you can say, this great transition and song are both just incredible. The next track, L'Equilibrio is again just awesome, returning the Solitudine melody TWICE heavier and powerful, and then steady but climactic. This melody is just brilliant and the album continues strong afterward. Sorona is an OK bit bringing in a little too much dark and drab atmosphere, and then I get a bit annoyed with Attesa, I could do without this one and it really isn't all that great. BUT!! The album picks up again with Ritratto un Mattino, which, need I mention it again, brings back the magical melody from before. We are lifted out of the drab darkness and brought to the heavenly beauty again.

Now, I love dark to light transitions, and I would credit the tracks I dislike more had they been of the right darkness. I just don't really get the same feeling out of this transition, I really feel the whole album should have just circled around pure beauty and melody, there really is no need for any kind of eerie atmosphere here. Ritratto proves it! The song is completely brilliant, peaceful and just downright awesome. In my opinion, it should have ended the album. The next track is great as well, All 'Infuori..., but maybe should have come before Ritratto and let Ritratto end it. Ritorno, the true final track, doesn't cut it. Kind of like a movie where you are dying for good closure and you are given nothing but some artsy fartsy climax to let you decide what actually is going on in the craziness (No Country For Old Men)...Ritorno is a good rocking song with some great synth explosion and power, but it isn't a song I go back to often for goosebumps or great closure to Felona e Sorona.

Still, overall this album is great. Some incredible moments and a recurring melody to die for. A little bit mixed up and some misplaced music, but I love this album and it definitely deserves your good listen!

The Lost Chord | 4/5 |

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