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PACIANA STORY

Dalton

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.00 | 4 ratings

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progbaby
3 stars 3.3 stars - Really.

Nice melodic folk not unlike Enbor's (from Basque region) debut album.

Maybe stretching it a bit but in a few spots, I'm even reminded of Kestrel's s/t album from the same year (an essential album to get).

Trying to draw more comparisons, "La Famiglia Di Ortega" meets a small piece of "Kestrel's" s/t album meets a little bit of Enbor (with the vocal harmonies at times) with a washes of Dalton (not surprisingly Dalton ex members on this album). Throw in some dramatic vocals at times along with nice musical interludes. The instrumental parts sometimes remind me of Ennio Morriconi's more cheerful parts.

Being a big fan of RPI, this album has many of the ingredients that RPI fans come to know (italian sounding keyboards, over-dramatic vocals at times (which some may love and others may find annoying) and unmistakebly brilliant melodies even if many of the melodies are short-lived ideas and quirky as are on this album.

I cannot make the recommendation to go out and shell $20 on this as you'll get a 31 minute album that is primarily italian folk with touches of prog.

Personally, what i did was to buy the MP3 album at Amazon's store (believe it or not, it's there) which costs approx $9 at the time of this writting. Musically, I can't say I got a great deal even at $9 but I don't feel ripped off either. I consider this on the lower echelon of the tier-2 RPI albums (maybe even higher echelon of the tier-3 albums). So many other italian releases to get first. But if you're like me and have all the main RPI albums and all the necessary tier 2 - RPI albums, then it might be worth checking this one out. You may find a pleasant surprise or two waiting for you on this release. Don't expect a masterpiece but don't expect a bad album either.

since this album contains ex-Dalton members, I must say that Dalton's first album is better than this one so check that out first if you have not done so before getting this one. However, if you're an RPI fan in search of more obscure titles that are worth listening to, you can go to amazon.com and do a search for this album in the mp3 store and then you can listen to 30 second samples for all of the tracks to make your decision. Also, go to youtube and do a search for this album as the full song "Tema Conduttore" (track 2 which reminds me of a happier Ennio Morriconi piece) is on youtube awaiting your listen. If you like that song, the others on this album hover about the same level.

Good listening (and grows with repeated listenings) but not essential. At least give the sound samples on amazon a chance along with the youtube video.

progbaby | 3/5 |

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