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Mauro Pelosi


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4 stars A sweet and delicate album!

When I was in the RPI team I could make a couple of additions to the database, one of them was Mauro Pelosi, an artist whose music was introduced to me back in 2006, and whose melancholy attracted me immediately. I don't really know why I had not reviewed this album, which I like a lot and which should be better known, at least for us, the Italian prog rock fans.

Pelosi was born in Rome and is a musically trained singer/songwriter which followed that fantastic 60s-70-s era of Italian popular music. In 1973 he released this album entitled "Al mercatto degli uomini piccoli" which features eight compositions and a total time of 37 minutes, of (in my opinion) high quality music.

It kicks off with the title track, "Al mercatto degli uomini piccoli" which is a killer track that starts softly with acoustic guitar and Pelosi's voice. A minute later drums and keyboards appear and create a fantastic atmosphere that I totally adore, in spite of the melancholic and even sad sound it may provoke. The vocals are disarming, beautiful to my ears.

"Un mattino" starts with a delicate piano sound for the first forty seconds, it makes a short stop and vocals enter a few seconds later with a heartrending sound. The rhythm may be repetitive but it is necessary in the song's essence; the mood is sad, if you are actually in the mood, you may even drop a couple of tears, so though I totally recommend it, I warn you, listen to it only if you think you can carry with it. Sigh.

"Ehi! Signore" reminds me actually a bit of Jumbo's DNA. It starts softly and after a minute it makes a changes and the song becomes incredibly beautiful with drums and both piano and keyboard sound, the atmosphere and mood are pure beauty to my ears. Later it stops and returns to the first part sound, and then the formula is repeated, because that beautiful instrumental passage returns as well.

"Non tornano piu" Oh man, this album is not really for depressive people, believe me. I love it and I am used to listen to it no matter if I am sad or not, but it always moves me. This track has also that bleak feeling. After two minutes the keyboards seem to create another mood, but no, it was only an illusion, because the song continues with the same sound and mood.

"Con te" is a nice ballad with acoustic guitars and some string orchestra instruments which IŽll be honest, I don't know if were made by the same Pelosi on keyboards, or if a mini orchestra really appeared. It is a nice track that may make you taking a deep breath.

"Ti portero via" is another extraordinary track, I really love how Pelosi's vocals get on well with both, acoustic guitar and piano, no matter which instrument is being played, they work perfectly together and reaches its goal, at least with me. His voice is pretty similar to some other 70s Italian singers, but Mauro Pelosi has its own sound, nevertheless.

"No, Io scherzo" is another mellow and calm track, in moments it may tranquilize you, the sound becomes an ally of peace and if you want, you can be part of it, just sit or lie in the place you want, close your eyes and that's it, you may bring some memories to your mind or I don't know, but I am sure you will enjoy this track, in spite of its weird last thirty seconds sound.

The last song is "Mi piacerebbe diventar vecchio insieme a te" which is a beautiful acoustic composition that starts very slow and with a low sound, seconds later it becomes a bit higher due to the feelings shared by the singer. Besides the guitar there is another instrument that can be heard as background, which adds a peculiar flavor to the music. The last part is pretty good with bass and drums included.

Now I'll be honest, talking about progressive rock, this may not be the best example, I bet you may actually ask yourself if Mauro Pelosi's music is prog or not, I don't really care, but what I can say is that to me this is a wonderful album that I adore. I invite the RPI lovers to listen to this unknown gem. My final grade will be four stars.

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 4/5 |


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