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3 stars Baroque strings set the tone for this album in a classic Italian prog rock feeling. Keyboard-based style with plenty of guitars, horns and violin. There are really bright moments here, lovely melodies, paces and intricate changes in these. The symphonic parts with folky and classical incorporations are the most enjoyable, and there are also beautiful piano to be found occassionally. The guitar is on the other hand quite eclectic at times in sections not as interesting for me. In prog measures, most songs are short. With the musical skill and the range of instruments obviously possessed and mastered, I think the band could compose elongate epic masterpiece tracks if such ambitions would appear to them. But the songs rather orientate into rock tunes in a more standard appearance. Because of this, most tracks becomes increasingly tedious upon repeated listening instead of growing with time. Don't get me totally here though, there are a lot of these genious moments on the record, but no song that I absolutely admire from start to end. 'Un ciclone su Pacifico' is my honourable mention apart from the piano- and bass-driven instrumental title track that really tickles progressive nerve cells. Medieval tunes at boths ends of an otherwise really eclectic 'La luna e la Lepre' are also among the most exciting parts. I'm left with the sense that it could have been so much more, in many senses, but this is nevertheless recommendable high quality prog rock.
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4 stars 4,5 stars really ! MAXOPHONE "La Fabbrica Delle Nuvole" - A great surprise... I make an effort to remind similar case ; A new band release with very good quality after all these years... still more admirable is the fact that in this album only two original members : Alberto Ravasini and Sergio Lattuada . Although, at this time the same influences that I point in my review of their first album ((#282950) Friday, May 21, 2010 ) PFM , Campo di Marte and Gentle Giant... now the sound is much more close of GG. Is enough listen the title track "La Fabbrica Delle Nuvole" introduction and main theme, the "Interlude" (starting at 2:02 until 2: 52 min ) in same track ! The only "weak" moment as in track 3 "Il Passo delle Ore" ... but this moment aren't enough to make a great "damage" of audition. The album is full of interesting musical passages as for instance , the medieval atmosphere in track 5 "La Luna e la Lepre"... between others. My rate is 4 stars !!!
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