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Locanda delle Fate


Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.09 | 316 ratings

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No hesitation with the marking here - Good, but non-essential.

Locanda Delle Fate show strong leanings towards early GENESIS in their approach, which can never be a bad thing, and they certainly have technical ability enough to pull this off. There are also flavours of JETHRO TULL, GENTLE GIANT and maybe a whisker or two of CAMEL, although the band do strive to formulate their own sound.

The production is both full and clear, but the structures are uninspired and the melodies, where they are not direct GENESIS lines tend to be vague and directionless. That is not to say that there is no good melodic invention here, rather that there is nothing inherently hummable about the tunes, and it is the overall texture that leaves the impression rather than the songs themselves.

So it is to the textures I will turn my attention, as to fans of early GENESIS particularly, this is an album of interest. In places, the production and orchestration surpasses that of the influences, with full bass, which in places reminds me of KING CRIMSON, enthusiatic, loose percussion, dreamy wind instrumentation with TULL/CAMEL styled flute, and a deliciously flowing piano.

On the down side, some of the instrumentation verges on the cheesey, and the vocals seem to get somewhat harsh for the overall sumptuousness of the musical textures. Compositionally, the contrasts between sections is very disjointed in places - something that can be heard occasionally in early GENESIS, but Locanda seem convinced that this is a good technique and a style to develop. Overall, however, this leads to an album which is slightly wearying on the whole, and not one I would voluntarily return to in a hurry.

To end on the positive, Locanda manage to pull off the contrasting sections technique very well in places, and the textures really are so good that they warrant an additional mention.

In summary; Buy if you're curious, you will not be completely disappointed, and I am sure this is a good one to return to on those occasions on which you require something a bit different. If nothing else, it's got nice cover art!

Certif1ed | 3/5 |


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