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D.F.A. - Work in Progress Live CD (album) cover




Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.26 | 33 ratings

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5 stars This music of DFA is not of this earth or, better, is a music describing the Earth when it was still a primordial planet ruled by passions and feelings and its needs were not exactly human. Mile Davis' Tutu gave me same impression on first listening, but slightly different. Tutu is some kind of music beyond the galaxy, DFA music is nearest to us. Seems to "see" the earth, lonely, struggling with its upheavals, the thunder, lightning, fire, rain, sun, snow, the great loneliness of space almost uninhabitable. Homo Sapiens is still not there, is far away to come, is still embryonic, "in nuce", "in fieri". But as the planet seems destined to a total anarchy of savage forces, here is a lone figure dressed in skins climb on a bearing of his poor arms and all his hope. Really seems to participate in a kind of documentary television program about the childhood of our mankind. Musically, there is nothing more varied and disciplined in the same time. Here you hear a great musical knowledge and a unique use of sounds created to evoke moods and feelings. Changes of pace are frequent, abundant odd timing, the movements of accents. Influences and streams here are several and so numerous that at the end nothing remains but the spectacular and original DFA musical summary. None of the musicians is on top of others, but each of them has his own space. This music is solid, hard as a stone but open to poetry and more disparate ideas. Each of them is a little master of his own instrument not particularly from a technical point of view, as in terms of cohesion and mutual respect. Music together, in short. You will not ever hear Sinthesizers playing "cold" here, but they entirely maintain a kind of sound humanity, if one may say such a thing. The guitar is warm and dense, overloaded and drived, although is moving in harmonic revolutions a little usual and not easy scales on a first listen. The rhythm is special, precise and punctual, and always animated by a great heart. This music has a special soul, and the American people at this concert has felt not a small difference with the rest of prevalent music nowadays. Ultimately, just one of the few discs whose wealth and richness will nurse, nourish and rejoice you for months, years and perhaps centuries. Not only simply prog therefore but Music that will leave you pleasantly and positively astonished. Definitely a gem. Or a masterpiece, if you prefer. A diamond is forever, as the advertising.
CorSard58 | 5/5 |


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