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Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.55 | 33 ratings

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3 stars Their debut album......

No, my opening line is not one of my lazy throw away remarks bereft of any intellectuel values. On a debut album, most bands does not really know where they are heading and what they are doing. Most bands are in a development phase at that stage and only some feedback from the likes of example us is helping them out. Yes, I have both been there myself and I have a room full of debut albums too.

The music itself is based on keyboards, bass and drums with the occasional guitar. Most of all, it is based on, in particular, female vocals and some supporting male vocals too. The music changes between mellow and orchestral throughout. The vocals are in Italian. Both the vocals and the music is well played and I have no complaints whatsoever.

Malaavia has a lot of ambitions, that's for sure. Their music is a blend of modern electronica, some eclectic rock, some opera, a lot of classical music, some Genesis like symphonic prog, a lot of neo-prog, a lot of Arabic folk music and a lot of classic Rock Progressivo Italiano from the 1970s.

This also makes a very demanding album which really needs time to develop. It also makes this an album to be enjoyed and debated for the decades to come.

My gripes...... yes, I am a complaining guy......... is the lack of some really great and even some killer tracks. The band has guts and both the right sound & music, but not the quality required to really makes me think every home should have a copy of this album. But it is still a very promising debut album and I have already ordered their second album on the basis of this album. Malaavia is a band to really keep an eye on for all Rock Progressivo Italiano fans.

3.5 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |


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