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Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.99 | 12 ratings

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4 stars A highly rated gem from the 1990s, it seems like.

There is no doubts Hopo has taken a lot of the best from the 1970s and given it a slight Hopo treatment. Originality is something that I will not accuse them for inducing into this album.

The album opens with an explosion of bombastic RPI before it settles down a bit to a more pastoral tempo. The vocals are excellent and the instrumentation typical 1970s RPI. There are a lot of really superb tangents runs here with both hammond and mellotron. OK, they used synths, but they sounds like mellotron and hammond organs. There are also a lot of superb guitar runs here too. Both acoustic and in particular electric guitar runs. The drums and bass is always present, binding it all together. Flutes too adds extra textures to this superb sound.

The best song is the excellent Non Era Un Fiume with some excellent vocals by Paolo Tovoli. Well, his vocals is excellent throughout this album. Understated pastoral, but brilliant. He neither takes over the sound or hide away. His place in the mix is just perfect and a bluescript other bands and producers should follow.

I have mentioned Non Era Un Fiume. But the other songs are great and a joy to behold. Yes, Hopo does not dishes up something original on this album. I doubt I would be able to pick out Hopo in a blind test. But they reuse this sound with style and bravour. Not to mention; quality. In short, this is a treat for any serious RPI fans out there. A real treat too.

4 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |


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