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Alusa Fallax


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.99 | 149 ratings

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James Lee
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4 stars Was this really 1974? It sounds more retro-chic than dated, and was recorded with real skill (KING CRIMSON should have been so lucky in the early 70s). As with most of the Italian bands, I find myself wishing I was more fluent in the language (i.e., I wish I spoke it at all!) as the vocal lines seem to convey a unique urgency and passion that puts to shame the colorless delivery of many of the english-speaking vocalists of prog rock. Vocal highlights: the raw "Non Fatemi Caso", "Riflessioni", and "Carta Carbone" which would sound right at home as ambient music in an haute-couture boutique or cafe. Sometimes, as on "E' Oggi" and "E' Cosi Poco Quello Che Conosco", it does get a little dated-sounding, like lost "Jesus Christ Superstar" tracks, but just as often the album presents a timeless blend of classical, jazz, and rock. There are some lovely baroque passages and some less effective synth-driven passages; both are represented in the title track, which shifts from a lovely beginning to an uncomfortable conclusion. The synths of 1974 (or the players) had a difficult time sitting comfortably next to symphonic and rock instruments; this album works best for me when the synth is absent or used subtly as in "Cio Che Nasce Con Me", which is simple and pretty, with an almost- Jacques Brel-like quality. Interestingly, the band does a classic "Saucerful of Secrets"/ "Shine On part 2"- style slow rising climax on "Splendida Sensazione" without sounding like PINK FLOYD at all! In fact, I was more often reminded of JETHRO TULL than any other prog band, but that may have been more the excellent flute work rather than a slight similarity of style. There's very little pretentiousness- the Achilles heel of prog- and the technical displays are balanced by real emotional expression. This album may never make it into regular rotation on my speakers, but it definitely rewards repeated listening; I know there are more than a few fans of classic symphonic progressive who could give this a good home.

A later addition: I'm pushing my rating up a star because this album just keeps getting better the more I listen :)

James Lee | 4/5 |


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