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Museo Rosenbach


Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.28 | 633 ratings

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2 stars This gets my vote for Most Overrated Italian Prog Album. Yes, there's TONS of Mellotron on the album, almost to the point of overkill. The problem is, it's not really used to any great effect.

The lengthy suite, for me, is actually the album's nadir. Rather clumsily played, with obnoxious off-pitch vocals. And musically, it just doesn't hang together. Yes, they repeat the (admittedly rather rousing) opening theme at the end, but the middle of the suite is just a sloppy mess of sludgy hard rock sweetened with symphonic keyboards and an awkwardly-rendered 5/4 passage. This sounds like a heavy rock band trying to "do" prog as a lark, and reminds me more of Uriah Heep's "Salisbury" than "real" prog. And it's not even that good!

The three tracks comprising the B-side are, if nothing else, an improvement. They're more convincingly "progressive" than the suite, that much is certain. But the vocals are still fairly poor, and there's not really anything here PFM or Banco couldn't do better with one hand tied behind their backs. In short: try before you buy.

Progbear | 2/5 |


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