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Nuova Era


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.46 | 59 ratings

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3 stars This second generation RPI band takes a step back on their second release. Perhaps conceived as their answer to "Felona and Serona", the LE ORME classic, "Dopo Infinito" is divided into 2 parts: the title suite and "Planeta Transparente", which are both further subdivided.

The first is by far the better, with a well measured blend of romantic vocals, keyboards and guitars, none overstaying their welcome. The opening section "Nella Nulla" is perhaps the high point, beginning with mesmerizing piano that cedes to harpsichord sounding keys before a spacey theme introduces the sung sections. Unfortunately, the second suite sounds as if the band had to return the arsenal of keyboards to the rent-a-center and were overdue. It's all too much and too long, irritatingly extended by the most feeble drawn out codas that would have been regarded as uncouth even in the 1970s.

I have tried listening to "Planeta Transparente" first to see if it's the cumulative effect of 45 minutes of racing to the finish line with too many clothes that ultimately tests one's endurance, and, while there is some truth to this theory, it remains that the quality control deteriorates with each passing minute. Barely 3 stars, and more for the enthusiastic playing than the compositions and arrangements.

kenethlevine | 3/5 |


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