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ELEMENTI

Le Orme

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.86 | 147 ratings

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3 stars After faltering with a somewhat less than successful attempt to create a grandiose and pompous opening with "Danza Del Vento - Prima Parte", Le Orme quickly settle back in to what they do best: deliver romantic, lyrical, melodic, progressive rock songs. (Throughout this album they will explore different arrangements and variations on this same melodic theme, each of which will be more interesting, convincing and moving.) My advice? Start with track #2 and come back to the "opening track" after you have heard the rest of the album. You will enjoy it much more that way.

The pieces on "Elementi" are generally more concise than their output in the 70's (which is not always a bad thing). "Il Vento, il Cielo e la Notte", the longest song on the album, clocks in at a modest 7:16, not overstaying its welcome for even the briefest of moments.

Fans of their classic 70's albums may question the inclusion of electric guitar. Rather than dominate the arrangements, however, guitar parts serve to provide a welcome contrast to the many passages which are still duly dominated by alternatingly delicate and powerful keyboards. Vocals are - of course - excellent as one would expect from Le Orme.

Whether you are a curious child of the 1990's who is new to Le Orme, or a middle aged progger who already owns all of their 70's albums, if you are looking for a new Italian prog CD to explore, you could certainly do far worse than this 2001 album of well composed, recorded and performed neo-prog songs of Le Orme, one of the truly classic bands from the pages of prog-rock history.

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