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Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.11 | 313 ratings

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4 stars For me, this is an all-time favourite album. This is due mainly to the two songs: The brilliant Peccato D'orgoglio and one of the most beautiful songs (in my humble opinion) - La Mente Vola. The album is worth getting for these two songs alone.

Peccato d'orgoglio starts slowly with the main theme and then speeds up, giving the opportunity to the band to demonstrate their abilities as they go on developing the main theme and come up with new musical ideas. Bavaro's voice is excellent here, filled with energy and slightly rough. This one song has in it all of Alphataurus' elements and abilities rolled into. Their beautiful melodic tunes filled with passion and melancholy, their energetic fast playing and good musicianship and their song composition capabilities. This is an excellent opening track. Dopo l'uragano starts as a nice bluesy song with the guitar playing a quiet tune and Bavaro singing. At 1:20 everybody joins in and leave again after 10 second only to redo it over. Again, Bavaro shows his powerful voice here. At 2:49 the songs switches to a somewhat cheerful tune and keeps on rocking and finally goes back to the original tune. This is a very good 2nd track after an amazing opener song, and for some reason it reminds me of Led Zeppelin. Croma is next. An instrumental and enjoyable track with some bombastic sounds in it but it still fits the rest of the album. La Mente Vola (the mind flies) is the 4th track. An all-time favourite song of mine. It has a ~3:30 intro of keyboards playing a beautiful repetitive part, that goes on towards what seems to be a climax, but then dissolves in a very good manner into the song itself. Bavaro gives a great performance here as well. I can't praise this song enough. The song itself has a regular song structure, so no complex stuff here, but what a beautiful song! The lyrics are very fitting as well, look for the translation on the web. It is over 9 minutes of bliss. After such an experience it is very hard to come up with something as good. This is why this song should have closed this album. Ombra Muta is kind of a disappointment after its magnificent predecessor. Regardless, it is my least favourite song here, but it is a good song nonetheless, just not to my taste.

If it were up only to Peccato and La Mente, this would definitely be a 5 star album. However, I feel I would not be doing justice to give this album 5 stars since the other songs diminish for me the greatness of this record, from an astounding masterpiece to a very good album. As much as I love this album, I will rate it 4 stars, meaning that it is an excellent addition to your music collection.

I recommend listening to La Mente Vola last in order to enhance the albums' effect.

avestin | 4/5 |


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