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Le Orme - Felona E Sorona CD (album) cover


Le Orme


Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.24 | 847 ratings

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fil karada
4 stars I bought this album after Uomo di Pezza and altough I find the music simpler I still think Uomo di Pezza is better to start, because it was easier for me to get into (but in the end this one is still great for beginning with le Orme).

The problem with this album is somewhat similar to Uomo's : short songs. Altough its comprehensible with this album because its a concept album with a history (about 2 planets: one happy and one dark and somber) and most of the songs flow into each other. Many songs even share some melodic phrases but this album should be listened to as a whole so its ok (even though everybody has favorite songs including me).

Another problem here is lack of consistence. And by lack of consistence I mean that you wont hear music like ,for example, PFM plays, because with PFM you will many times hear 5 or more instruments at the same time, and anyway that would be hard since Le Orme is formed only by 3 musicians.

One thing I love in this album is that it ranges from happy to sad, it has many moods, but I still consider this album mostly somber (not in a bad way).

Sospesi nell'incredibile- Great intro with organ and drums. It has a kind off dark feeling but after a while it gets happier. Then begins the typical Le Orme's vocals (which I initially didnt like) that I love, very sweet, accompanied by the organ and after a while the music gets dark again. The vocals end and a until the end its instrumental. The organ solos while you can hear some very good and crazy drumming (only wish the organ was louder compared to the drums, seems to have a secondary role here) and then the music turns in a jazzy part, 1st with the dark feeling but then more uplifting (some parts reminding me of Camel). Aldo begins playing with the synth here while the excellent drumming goes on and the end of the music is simply crazy with some drums demonstration right at the end (which I dont like very much but its almost irrelevant to the music in general). Like you'll hear in the last track, Le Orme's deliver everything they've got here, each of the member showcasing their skills.Still I can't rate above 8/10 because I dont like the whole music. 8/10

Felona- From what I've read this track is one of the favorites in this album to many people. Ok, its very uplifting, very merry. But it isnt that good. It has a good acoustic guitar and the vocals are intercaled with very short instrumental parts. I guess in the context of the story this track makes all sense. For me the best part, altough the song like most of the other is very short, its the end with the flute and then the track flows beautifully into the next. 6/10

La solitudine di chi protegge il mondo- This track starts very beautifully with one of the most smooth vocals I've heard (this melodic phrase will be repeated sometimes allong the album, thank god for that). Altough this song is mostly piano and vocal based its still very beautiful and very nice. Almost at the end the track turns sadder (also using a melodic phrase very used in this album) and flows into the next one. 7,5/10

L'equillibrio- A highlight. Stars with great organ playing soon joined by the vocals. Its one of the tracks with the best instrumentations with the organ deliverin some great work. The vocal parts are intercaled with instrumental parts that I love. I would have to say the base of this song is mostly drums and organ/piano. The piano also impresses here. There's some kind of keyboard solo and then the part I love (the initial phrase from the last track) ending with the beautiful piano. 9/10

Sorona- With this track starts the most somber part of the album. Its a kind off contrast with the album so far but I think it works perfectly. The vocals arent that much of a hightlight in this track (being still very good) being this track a description of the 2nd planet. This track is a very dark and quiet one. Its more of a transition and a mood-setting track. But still, a good one. 7/10

Attesa inerte- I dont think this track is very much apreciated by other reviewers but I like it very much. I love the synth effects in this music, beat made by the bass and drums and the sad vocals over all that. This track gives me a feeling of torment (probably describing the life of the inhabitants of Sorona). Its a short track like almost all other but the track its excellent fom beginning to finish. The song by itself isnt that much progressive but its excellent. 8,5/10

Ritratto di un mattino- The last track flows into this one with the somber feeling of the last two songs. But here things change. The planet starts to change. The organ plays that angelic phrase and the vocals begin to sing (still the melodic phrase of the 3rd and 4th song). And then begins a great instrumental part. Great guitar solo, great organ and great drums. The solo isnt very technical, its very emotional and fits perfectly in the song. The song ends with the piano again. 9/10

All'infuori del tempo- I face this track as a sadder Felona its also mostly acoustical but not that much happy. Still in between some vocal parts this track features good keyboard playing. Some mood organ in the end and then we get to the grand finale track. 7/10

Ritorno al nulla- This track reminds me a little of Alienazione. The drums and keyboard playing are just crazy. The track begins a little quiet. Slowly it begins growing and then begins the tireless drums and the mind-blowing keyboard playing. I mean mind-blowing!!! This track must have really been something from another world in those days. I can barely hear the bass because of that drumming!. And the finale its just great. They've really pushed themselves in this one. 8,5/10

My rating: 7,83/10 = 3,92/5 rounded up to 4 stars.

fil karada | 4/5 |


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