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MASS MEDIA STARS

Acqua Fragile

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.21 | 66 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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3 stars Although the band didn't released any work after this one, there is a tentative for a come back (some demo were recorded in 2004 and 2006) with a new line up around Franz Dondi.

This "Genesis" oriented band released two efforts in early / middle seventies. But their influences also include PFM for instance. This is mostly heard while the opening song "Cosmic Mind Affair". Vocal harmonies are well arranged and the use of keyboards adds a good feel to this quite good song actually ("Professor" also has the same patterns but with a more "Yes" flavour attached to it).

Most songs are of medium length (between five and seven or so) which is fine since it enables to propose decent developed tracks, with theme changes and vocal/instrumental interplay. "Bar Gazing" is a more pastoral song fully in line with the Trespass period. Sweet passages (mellotron) mixed with some rockier ones. You might know that I am quite found of this album ("Trespass"), I mean, and I'm generally not too harsh with bands emulating this period of my youth.

The title track is less catchy: more jazz-oriented, loose, weak melody and weird vocals. Not my cup of tea. The next song is also quite average: a mix of "Yes" and "Gabriel" vocals (!) on a jazzy background. The closing number is sowehow a kaleidoscope of the whole album: acoustic guitar to start, weird vocals but crafted instrumental.

In all, this is not a bad album (just above average). I upgrade it to three stars mainly for the "Cosmic Affair", "Bar Gazing", and "Professor".

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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