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VOICES BEYOND MY CURTAIN

Tale Cue

 

Neo-Prog

3.40 | 54 ratings

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geezer
3 stars ***1/2

An Italian band that released this album in the beginning of the nineties. This album is not in the 70's Italian tradition. It might have some influences from that scene but more or less this is a mix of different influences. The music can be categorized somewhere between symphonic prog and neo-progressive but I can hear some prog-metal influences as well. For me the standout instrument in this band is the guitar by Silvio Masanotti. It's also the instrument that brings some metal sound into their music. Usually this would bother me because I don't find the typical prog-metal guitar playing very progressive but in this case it's not a problem because the electric guitar is played in a progressive style (no unnecessary wankery even though there is some extended soloing). Yeah, I really like the guitar playing in this album! Very beautiful at times might I add. There is also quite a bit of nice acoustic guitar playing, which balances the electric guitar nicely. The keyboards are mostly in the background creating the moody and sometimes haunting atmosphere.

Female singer Laura Basla handles the vocals. She sings in English and her rather dark vocals suite the music well. I don't find her singing very impressive but it's not bad either. There is some creepiness in her vocals that I can't explain. The lyrics are dark so maybe this explains it a bit. But I like it because the vocals suit the music's atmosphere.

It's hard to pick any specific standout tracks from this album but one justified choice would be at least the track "Flying to Fade" or perhaps the closer "Pale Light of the Morning". This track, in addition to being very good in general, has also a nice flute solo by guest flautist Liza de Renzio.

Conclusion: I believe this album is considered kind of a cult classic among some progressive enthusiasts. It didn't quite live up to my expectations but this is good stuff anyways.

geezer | 3/5 |

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