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APOTEOSI

Apoteosi

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.91 | 114 ratings

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coasterzombie
4 stars From the initial whimper of arpeggiated organ in "Embrion," to the tumultuous bang and ultimate fade-out of the title track, Apoteosi's one-and-only album is a wild ride from start to finish. While I don't believe this is 5-star territory, the intricate fusion-inspired playing of the brothers Idà coupled with the lovely vocals of sister Silvana put a smile on my face every time I hear it. Four stars lovingly given.

The playing really is first-rate. The drums are tight as...well, a drum and the bass player is always right in the pocket, really one of the more interesting rhythm sections in all of Italian Prog. And the keyboard work, especially regarding acoustic piano, is very tasteful and never becomes boring or overstated. Which is really the trademark of the album; the band never stays on one theme or section long enough for it to stagnate, yet the transitions between them never feel forced or out of place. But obviously, the most unique aspect of the band is the female singer, which I guess you'll either love or hate. If you fall in to the latter category however, find some solace in that there really aren't many vocal passages. Sure, there are only two extended tracks. I can think of many other classic prog albums with a good variety of song lengths. This is music that BEGS to be heard by an attentive listener, and the listener is doing himself a disservice by not giving it proper attention.

One of the shorter songs, "Dimensione Da Sogno," is actually my favorite moment on the entire album. A concise four-minute slab of symphonic pop, with one of those melodies you never forget and an arrangement founded in the Italian tradition. Simply a great song that leaves you wanting more, and a great lead-in to the instrumental closer, which can be heard on this site.

It absolutely boggles my mind that the only in-print version of this album currently available is the expensive Japanese import SHM-CD. A true shame that BTF/VM hasn't stepped up to release this pinnacle of the Italian scene as part of it's Remaster Series. Do yourself a favor, and try to snap up one of the Mellow CDs before they become too scarce. Apoteosi is a worthy addition to any collection, and an essential cornerstone for any Italian Prog fan.

coasterzombie | 4/5 |

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