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Locanda Delle Fate


Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.10 | 372 ratings

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3 stars Beautiful, Romantic Symphonic Prog

For all of us who love Harmonium's SI ON AVAIT, Locanda Delle Fate's FORSE may be one of the closest approximations I've come across. Lush, pretty, orchestrated, unassuming, this is perhaps at the far "soft" end of the RPI spectrum. While the album certainly makes for pleasant background music, it is very unremarkable when taken in this way. There is absolutely nothing on this album you haven't heard elsewhere. But on more careful listening, there are many very tasty choices, nicely delivered instrumental performances, and plenty of emotion.

Like alot of RPI, Locanda Delle Fate borrows heavily from early Genesis' soft side. Volume swell guitar solos a la Steve Hackett, big key pads, quiet pastoral scenes, even occasional flute all will delight the seasoned Symphonic Prog fan. There are a few tonal touches that reveal that this a 1978 album rather than 1971, including flanger use, a grittier guitar distortion, bigger reverbs on the cymbals, etc. But happily there are no electronic cheese noises that destroy some of the 78/79/80 albums.

My favorite song is "Sogno di estunno" which is relatively short but complex, more ambitious from an instrumental point of view, and holds just a bit more tension. But even this tune highlights the album's weakness, Leonardo Sasso's lack of melody. Clearly, I am going against the common opinion here and I must explain myself. While the vocals certainly have a nice melodic contour, Sasso has his typical ways to create phrases and really varies very little from this. There are no specific melodic motifs that makes one track separate from the others. Most vocalists do this to some degree, especially on verses. But whether it's Yes' "I get up, I get down," or Genesis' "Hey baby, with your guardian eyes so blue," there are melodic figures that are instantly clear even when whistled. Harmonium's album has this sense of melody. FORSE does not.

Bottom line, this is beautiful lush prog. Finnforest mentioned "ear candy" and this is yummy in that regard. But I can guarantee that Locanda Della Fate didn't start as a songwriters collective. A nice addition, but non essential.

Negoba | 3/5 |


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