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AL MERCATO DEGLI UOMINI PICCOLI

Mauro Pelosi

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.24 | 15 ratings

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apps79
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3 stars Despite released on Polydor, ''La stagione per morire'' succedded limited sells and a few broadcast aiplays.A single followed in 1973 as a taste to Pelosi's sophomore album, which was arranged by orchestral director and guitarist Pinuccio Pirazzoli.Entitled ''Al mercato degli uomini piccoli'' was again released on Polydor, in an attempt to lift Pelosi's career.

The album unfortunately was again a failure for the directory of Polydor and earned some fame many years later, especially among Prog fans in Japan and South Korea.It swirls again around a pessimistic, poetic mood, led by Pelosi's melancholic vocals, while Pirazzoli's touch in the composing field in more than evident, as the album has a strong orchestral mood throughout with heavy use of piano and strings.Piano and acoustic guitars remain the leading instruments, several tracks include the presence of a good rhythm section, while a few of them still maintain a strong Italian Folk flavor with minimalistic acoustic textures in a typical singer/songwriter style.To be fair this work sounds a bit more complicated than Pelosi's debut.The constant presence of a cinematic atmosphere and the complex orchestrations of Pirazzoli help the album to be delivered in a more demanding style overall.However its heavy lyrical content will propably prevent many non-Italian listeners from fully enjoying it.At the end it all comes to the musicianship, which is impressive at moments and this time its depressive mood works very well through the concept.

Dissapointed with the music industry, Pelosi started travelling, before returning in mid- and late-70's with two more albums, even closer to a traditional singer/songwriter style.Among his collaborators was Ricky Belloni of New Trolls/Nuova Idea fame.He then moved on to other activities, never abandoning the music field, composing and arranging pieces over the years.

Another soft Progressive/Psych/Pop Rock album from Italy, which deserves attention.Elaborate orchestrations mixed with acoustic/lyrical exercises, that create deep emotions.Recommended.

apps79 | 3/5 |

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