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Art And Illusion


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3.40 | 4 ratings

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Italian band Art and Illusion's eponymous first album was in fact originally intended as a demo, only being officially released on CD some years later.

For a band founded in the tribute arena, the music is surprisingly assured and confident, if largely unoriginal. With the line up at this stage consisting only of founder Luca Sabia and classical guitarist Fabio Antonelli, the sound is generally light and acoustic, a point emphasised by the four brief "Soliloquy" interludes, which bizarrely appear in reverse order. These give the album an ANTHONY PHILLIPS feel; rather appropriate in view of their GENESIS tribute band history.

Sabia's slightly quivering vocals may be an acquired taste, but there is no doubt he is a competent singer, veering towards the operatic, or at least tenor singer at times.

The feature track is the multi-part "Lost in time" which, while pleasant, hardly justifies its numerous separately titled sections. The piece is largely of the same pace, with little variation in melody or sound.

In all, a decent if lightweight demo which whets the appetite for future albums by the band, but is far from essential in itself. The complete album is currently available for free download at the band's website, linked to via their page on this site.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |


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