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Acqua Fragile


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.11 | 110 ratings

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3 stars Since this band sings in English it could have fit into Symph Prog as well. But now we have one melting pot called "RPI" so. Anyway?

When one listens to this debut album from "Aqua Fragile", there is no doubt that the similarities with the very early "Genesis" ("Trespass" of course, not the "Revelation" stuff).

Same sort of plaintive and so recognizable Gabriel style of vocals, pastoral moments combined with some strong guitar and keyboards at the same time. These are the ingredients for the excellent opener "Morning Comes".

The second track "Comic Strips" is much more related to "PFM": it is heavier, jazzier and vocals are quite close as well. Somewhat loose and chaotic, which is in total contrast with the sweet melody of "Morning Comes" and can also be related to VDGG to some extent.

The band goes on with some acoustic notes, which at this time reminds me of a tranquil "Yes" part or a "Crosby, Stills and Nash" one. All this is not bad but one can argue that we are more confronted to a cover band (covering many) than to an original band.

Having said this, I am still charmed by the delicacy and tenderness of "Song From A Picture". A folkish and very melodic tune which offers some nice fluting and sweet acoustic guitar parts. Again, it contrasts with the following "Education Story" which is much darker, almost scary. VDGG again mixed with some enjoyable violin play.

The closing number is the more achieved and complex of the whole: GG, Genesis again are on the menu. Quite upbeat passages, but not only for this quite well arranged track. It changes often from theme but the whole is still very consistent. The best song from this album IMHHO.

This work is not very original but it offers some good chunk of nostalgia for some old freak as I am. Therefore, I rate it with three stars. You won't miss anything if you never listen to it, but if you come close to this work, why not giving it a spin?

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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