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Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.26 | 445 ratings

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5 stars Man, this is depressing. It always is whenever such a great band only manages to make one album. Maxophone's lonely self-titled debut album is RPI at its creative best. This whole disc seems to grab at influences from all around, but manages to keep its own original sound. I'm detecting hints of early Yes, some Hendrix, a dash of King Crimson, and a whole lot of Italian flair.

I'm not really sure how to start a review on such a good album, and it's been a while since I've reviewed such an eclectic album. I'll just dive in. "C' Un Paese Al Mondo" starts with soothing piano that sounds almost in the vein of an A. Scriabin composition, but fuzzy and aggressive guitars kick in that automatically make me think of Locanda Delle Fate, followed by beautifully powerful vocals and an almost ragtimey passage, followed by an A. Copland type horn passage, ending with a passage that sounds like it could've been from Tales from Topographic Oceans. Such a mouthful, and an earful. I won't bother going into all the tracks, because they'll all be seemingly random collections of fragmented sentences. But one of the real standouts is the second track, "Fase", which I get a real Buenos-Aires-meets-Goblin kind of feel from.

Really, this whole album is super high quality RPI of a very eclectic variety. I've listened to quite a bit of the RPI bands on this site, and none of them have gripped me by the brain like this album has. There's so much going on here that anyone would be able to find something positive about it. The only reason anyone wouldn't like this album is if they have a biased grudge against anything amazing.

colorofmoney91 | 5/5 |


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