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Edgar Allan Poe - Generazioni (Storia di Sempre) CD (album) cover


Edgar Allan Poe


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.78 | 81 ratings

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4 stars The one and only album by lesser known Italian group E. A. Poe, and one more proof that sooner or later real value must come up to light of day. And that is the point, it makes sense to dig up dusty shelves where forgotten records rest in peace, it makes sense to use fact that now world is a global village where all information are accessible, all that is needed is to make effort to carefully read someone's words, and to have patience to listen to some records couple of times, to be rewarded. And that is my feeling about this album, being rewarded.

It is hard to make album that have nothing to do with other albums from that period. And that is the good thing with this one. It is good, more accurately very good, and at the same time doesn't look like any other that I have heard before or after. In this case, the term "progressive" is quite adequate. It is song oriented, but every song is crafted with care and carries its own stamp. It is melodic, while at the same time musicianship is absolutely of advanced level, that makes a difference between popular and this kind of music. And finally, it offers a pleasure to listenig to it.

First song, "Prologo", is somehow a little "misplaced" from other songs, with its spoken introduction and jazz-rock feel. But that is for beginning. The second, "Considerazioni", starts with bass driven melody and synthesizer effects, later supported by guitar, organ and piano, introducing vocal at 3.30 only for a minute, ending with nice bass, synthesizer, and guitar melody (there is a song "Jedina moja" from 1978 by ex-YU band "Divlje jagode" with start and end sounding very similar to this part). "Per un' anima" ("For a soul") is fine ballad with acoustic guitar, as a passage to next song, "Alla ricerca di una dimensione" ("Searching for dimension"), with nice opening riff, then organ and guitar leading into another nice sung melody, followed with same riff and melody several times (and with sound effect often used in movies when UFO lands on Earth). "Ad un vecchio" (something with "old") starts with a la Bo Hansson synthesizer playing, continued with jazz-rock elements, emotional vocals and organ, piano and bass. Another acoustic guitar and mandolin song, "La ballata del cane infelice" ("A ballad of unhappy dog"), uses sad melody at the beginning, continues with marry tones, but ends with melancholy. Last song, used to name the whole album, "Generazioni", starts with synthesizers and acoustic guitar, whispers and another sad melody, building louder and louder parts leading to its synthesizer and organ end. Drumming is absolutely functional, following the developing of songs. Although I really don't like to "retell" the songs, this time I did it to show album's physiognomy.

Sorry if translation from Italian to English is not quite correct, neither one nor other is my mother tongue ("storia di sempre" is something like "everlasting story" or "forever story", "generazioni" is "generation", "considerazioni" is "consideration", and "prologo" is "prologue").

Not dull or boring at any moment, unique and diverse, with various ideas and moods, this old times' artifact rated "excellent" is recommended.

cedo | 4/5 |


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