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Alusa Fallax


Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.03 | 228 ratings

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3 stars A good, but not great work in Italian progressive music, Alusa Fallax were yet another one and done Italian prog band.

This obscure album is hard to quantify-songs jump around quite a bit: Martin Denny exotica melts into faint elements of Triumvirat seconds later are PFM morphing into straight Italian commercial pop ballads of the 70's. All of this can happen in a few minutes. The album sometimes comes off as a circus version of Celeste (Per Inziare Una Vita) -more rock elements and a little crazier, but in the long run, this is a low key album in the RPI scene. Sometimes you could picture Caravan in their later days sounding like some of this, but 1974 isn't 'later days'.

Overall Intorno All Mia Cattiva Educazione is an album you need to hear before buying. It is divided into two side long suites. Some VDGG is in there but overall there is a muted quality to much of the proceedings. Some of this comes from a muffled overall lack of high end. They can riff here and there and the call and response of guitar and synth on side one will please prog heads. Pastoral bordering on nearly classical in spots, they can lull you into a reverie before a short staccato revives the proceedings.

This album does jump around a bit in styles which may irritate some. Their ability to end some fiery flourishes of prog with choruses of near easy listening pop can be frustrating, but I'd say this one is a keeper. Side two is definitely more dynamic and varied than side one, oddly including some straight overwrought easy listening pop followed by piano rattling Emersonian recitals leading to some straight up excellent prog jamming. Many faces of the band are presented here, often in a confusing fashion. but the album ending elegiac horn inflected coda courtesy of Mario Cirla is an elegant summary of the whole thing.

Reference points: like Celeste, the first Long Hello album isn't a bad reference. Some muted ELP classical references. VDGG on sedatives maybe?

Worth a listen for sure.

Gatefold vinyl pressing-love the ersatz movie poster cover! Three Stars

zeuhl1 | 3/5 |


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