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Narrow Pass


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.49 | 24 ratings

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erik neuteboom
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3 stars - The man behind this Italian project is multi-instrumentalist Mauro Montobbio, he is supported by musicans like singer Alessandro Corvaglia from La Maschera Di Cera en Edmondo Romano van Eris Pluvia.

1 - Earth - Je Cherche La Vie (5'19) : A wonderful spacey intro by the keyboards and Roland guitar synthesizer. Then a fluent rhythm featuring Spanish guitar runs and quick synthesizer flights with strong echoes from Tony Banks his ARP Pro Solist sound. A great start!

2 - A Room Of Fairy Queen's (5'32) : This track has a beautiful Medieval atmosphere with pleasant female vocals (like Annie Haslam), flute and classical guitar.

3 - Lord Of The Headline (7'37) : Now Narrow Pass turns to a propulsive mid-tempo with raw male vocals, flashy synthesizer runs and harder- edged guitar work. We can enjoy fiery electric guitar soli and Minimoog-like synthesizer flights. The music sounds dynamic and tasteful.

4 - The Lake (6'50) : This is an instrumental piece that starts with flute and acoustic rhythm guitar, then the surprising sound of a bagpipe, very unique! After a strong and compelling guitar solo, the climate turns into mellow with acoustic guitar and soaring keyboards.

5 - Coming Off My Shadow (1'45) : A short instrumental with a catchy rhythm and a spectacular duel between guitar and keyboards, in the vein of Hackett his work in In That Quiet Earth.

6 - Desert (7'46) : Another instrumental, very alternating with Hackett-like guitar and lots of strong soli on guitar and keyboards, great!

7 - Wake Up (10'15) : Her is the longest composition, it sounds very dynamic, from dreamy with twanging guitars to bombastic with fiery electric guitar. It often evokes early IQ their pleasant neo-prog. Remarkable is the omnipresent work on saxophone along the Hackett-like guitar and lush bass pedal sound.

8 - Into The Light (6'04) : After a dreamy intro the music slowly turns into compelling symphonic prog, culminating in a 'grand finale' delvering bass pedals, lush keyboards and howling electric guitar, this progheaven!

This is a very pleasant and melodic CD that will delight the fans of 70-77 Genesis, Hackett solo and neo-prog like IQ and Pendragon.

erik neuteboom | 3/5 |


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