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FELONA E SORONA

Le Orme

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.26 | 610 ratings

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coldsun
5 stars I've barely had the CD a week, and it's probably been played on my MP3 player at least once a day since! Reason: it REALLY is GOOD!

The comparisons to ELP and PFM are justified - but the album has to be taken on its own merits as well. Keyboards are dominant throughout the album, but are never as overbearing or flashy as Emerson. Same goes for the drums too - technical but restrained. Quite a relief, actually.

Musically - fantastic. A great, precise performance with some very grand, epic moments at what would be the end of each side of vinyl. Aldo Tagliapietra's vocals are really expressive and are best heard on the song "Felona" - a beautiful 2-minute interlude filled with acoustic guitar and mellow synth.

Although the album is a concept album, my non-existent knowledge of the Italian language (and the fact that the English version isn't available on CD) prevents me from understanding the story. But, to me, that doesn't really matter anyway. The majority of prog-rock lyrics make no sense even if they're written in English (shining, flying, purple wolfhounds anyone?) so you appreciate Tagliapietra's finer qualities - his phrasing, tone and delivery.

At a mere 33 minutes, it's a very concise album with no filler whatsoever - and plenty of first-rate music that will get you buying two copies... just in case one of them gets worn out! If you like PFM, ELP or even Italian prog in general, the album will fail to disappoint and is definitely worth hearing.

coldsun | 5/5 |

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