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Studio Album, released in 2009

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Avventura (Se Non Ti Fa Paura) (4:50)
2. Flusso (3:33)
3. E Se Domani (4:25)
4. It's Braining Again (4:20)
5. Stando (4:10)
6. Non Ti Aspetter˛ (4:17)
7. Be in the Mystery (3:39)
8. Lascio Andare Il Mio Riposo (3:40)
9. Un Altro Mare (5:46)

Total time 38:40

The CD version features a bonus track (Darkest Hour)

Line-up / Musicians

- Roberto Cruciani / bass, backing vocals
- Paolo Parea / guitars, vocals (track 3)
- Daniele Santini / drums, programming, percussion, synths, samples, bass, vocals (tracks 3, 6, 7, 9)
- Saulo Chiaramoni / vocals (tracks 1, 2, 5, 8)
- Marco Guidi / clarinet (track 4)
- Alessandro Piscini / guitars
- Roberta Tomasino / vocals (track 3)
- Stefano Sguerrini / synths (track 6)

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Review by Windhawk
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Italian band Delirio Sonoro has an extensive history going back to 1991, with quite a few changes in line-up and sound throughout. "Atto Terzo" is their third full length effort and was released in 2009, developed for close to a decade.

The compositions on this effort are uneven and varied in sound as well as quality. Final number Darkest Hour may arguably be the best effort found here, with it's blend of laid-back psychedelic guitar licks, wandering piano textures and mournful brass bursts, with a steady beat and lead vocals seemingly inspired by Asian/Pakistani traditions.

The lush psychedelic textures and screeching sax textures of It's Braining Again is another highlight, alongside opening number Avventura featuring laid-back space-tinged inserts in between the talking voices and staccato synths in the verse parts.

The other numbers are generally less interesting though. From the lazy dark symphonic dramatics of Un Altro Marte to the more avantgarde-tinged antics of found on tracks like E Se Domani and Lascio Andare Il Mio Riposo and the other compositions in between these compositions just doesn't manage to produce atmospheres, moods or themes that manage to draw my attention in. Most of these efforts comes across as tracks on the borderline between mainstream oriented and experimental, with a slick production and dampened instrumental expressions yet also featuring dissonances, arrhythmical and erratic themes and often vocals of an experimental nature as well.

As this album has been developed over many years with a shifting personnel, this may be a clue as to why these tracks comes across as fragmented and not really convincing though. Underdeveloped is a description sometimes used for compositions, but in this case I suspect overly developed might be a keyword. Or that I just don't have a wide enough scope in my personal music taste to encompass nor understand what the band wants to achieve with this disc.

The good tracks are well worth lending an ear to though, first and foremost if you have an interest in laid-back progressive rock with psychedelic tendencies in a musical landscape that also features some neat electronic textures spread throughout.

Review by snobb
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars I am a music fan from my teens, and active jazz and prog researcher and collector for last few decades as well. And I love Italy - usually spend some days or even weeks there every year (or at least-when possible). Then, you can imagine my surprise when not too long ago I discovered,that such thing as RPI exists! Speaking with my friends and music fans from all around Europe, I heard the same many times - no-one of them heard about Italian progressive rock at all!

So, I started to dig deeper and found , that RPI really exists, and even contains such a great band as Area! Plus many other artists. So - why I didn't notice them before (as many other music fans?).I think the reason is Italian progressive music is too different from what we expected to hear under that tag. For sure, I listened some Italian bands, where classically trained musicians played melodic, sometimes even baroque-based compositions in a more modern manner, sometimes even with rock arrangements, but I never ever thought this music could be named "progressive rock". Similar situation is with many Italian non-RPI proggers - their sound is too different from US/UK/W.European tradition. (Similar situation exists with many Eastern European or Japanese prog rock artists as well). So - if you want to understand them better, you just need to open your years and forget your stereotypes.

Delirio Sonoro isn't RPI band , but it's classic "Italian Eclectic Prog Band". Their third album contains songs, recorded during 2000 and 2007, and in fact is more collection of songs, than real studio album. Even band's line-up was changed few times during that period. So - we have here eclectic album of Italian Eclectic prog band?

Album's opener - "Avventura"- is keyboards-based energetic song with half -spoken vocals, combining some spacey sounds with repetitive rhythm constructions and melodically rounded tunes. "Flusso" has rich groovy bass line and vocals of the same kind as previous song. Keyboards there are a bit on the back for some second sound layer. And electric guitar solo as final accessories.

"E Se Domani" is more usual Italian modern pop-song with female guest vocalist Roberta Tomasino. Caribbean rhythm mixed with heavier keyboards explosions in a moments. "It's Braining Again" is beautiful instrumental with guest clarinettist Marco Guidi, nice symphonic fusion piece.

"Stando" starts from electric guitar sounds, and continues as classical Italian pop-rock song."Non Ti Aspettero" is a keys-led energetic pop-rock song once again."Be In The Mystery" is funky composition with guitar and keyboards interplays. and even some guitar solos.

"Lascio Andare Il Mio Riposo " combines great funky work of rhythm section with usual yet half-spoken vocals. There I can hear real Italian funky rapper Jovanotti influences!

"Un Altro Mare" is more classically influenced composition, with same vocals as above. And , at the end, "Darkest Hour" - without doubt catchiest album's composition, mixing Arabic/Oriental female vocals, groovy bass, and world music elements in some nu.fusion brew.(Wait for a minute and you will hear 11-th,secret track after).

So - what is my impression after few spins? Very eclectic album of "Italian Eclectic Prog" - melodic, soft, well rounded music, sometimes with excurses to prog zone, slightly psychedelic, often - on the border with pop. As RPI is an Italian face of symphonic prog, this Delirio Sonoro album is Italian face of Eclectic prog for me. Don't expect complex musicianship or heavy sound there, but if you like melodic keyboards-based pop-rock songs, with some doze of spacey/psychedelia, slightly jazzy arrangements and excurses to prog - just listen this album.

Review by Rivertree
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Band Submissions
4 stars The band name implies it - this is kinda puzzling I have to confess now after several listening sessions. So much impressions are mixed together here which made it impossible to describe what I hear for some time. First of all - when talking about themselves as a psychedelic rock band ... well, this album offers much more impressions as a matter of fact. And what probably sounds popular at a first glance turns out to be multi-dimensional in the end. Alright, now finally I'm sure here we have a special experimental cocktail which always tastes differently when you have a new go - probably mixed at a tropical bar somewhere alla spiaggia in Sardegna ... this is pointed out due to the strong party factor.

DELIRIO SONORO are a mysterious Italian project, at least for me, nearly impossible to categorize. They use native Italian vocals, however this applies not for every song. Probably the main reason is that 'Atto Terzo' appears as a collection of songs recorded during two different periods with a modified lineup. With intent or not - in fact you will find some Jovanotti infected songs provided with a strong rap/hiphop essence, for example E Se Domani and Non Ti Aspetter˛ - however always decorated with some additional spacey keyboard/synth and psychedelic guitar contributions too.

The percussion work is quite varied, sometimes straightforward and powerful but also jazzy. A good reason to mention the initial Avventura - simple staccato drums and metal guitar first where you immediately think you're listening to an amateurish crew - but then a lively funky bass appears and it turns into another direction close to the percussion driven Korai Ír÷m for example. Weird vocals are also striking on the groovy and trippy Flusso - certainly an album highlight - another wondrous mix of spacey and triphop elements.

The instrumental It's Braining Again shows a somewhat plaintive clarinet, a very melancholic song, great bass work, excellently arranged. Darkest Hour is another example for the band's approach - on one hand a triphop/downbeat track with some oriental flavour in the vein of Thievery Corporation - the mood changes though at the end due to a wonderful repetitive spacey guitar/synth finale!

All in all this album is really whacked-out, multi-varied, an average consumer may have problems - every time I listen another impression remains in my brain. I personally like this mix of electronica, hiphop, triphop/dub, funk, spacey guitars/lush synths, native Italian sprechgesang to name a few. Some songs are starting utterly plain and you categorically must have patience to listen from start to finish in order to receive the complete appeal. It's worth it!

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
3 stars An experiment of many musical styles including hip hop beats, electronic effects, funky rhythms, spaced out synths and psychedelic guitars garnished with Italian progressive vocals.

RPI is certainly a very respected form of prog, Italy being the instigator of such legendary prog as the wonderful Premiata Forneri Marconi, Le Orme, Area and Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso among others. I was delighted to receive this CD from Delirio Sonoro. The packaging is simply exquisite. The cover is a very simple design with giant moon over a sundown horizon, moon mountains and calm still mauve oceans. The scene is one of serenity and stillness. The CD features the same design and inner layout is more of the cover artwork, as is the back cover. There is a consistency of design and it is effective, and one might think by looking at this layout that the music would be ambient, quiet composed New Age spacey music. They would be mistaken for thinking this though.

This is a very inconsistent album and not all that ambient and Delirio Sonoro are clearly a schizophrenic band that cannot or refuses to sit within any specific genre. From the beginning when "Avventura" starts there is a driving percussion beat that is relentless and some rather dynamic vocals chanting in Italian by Saulo Chiaramoni. There are nuances of spacey instrumentation amidst the hypnotic rock beat, but it is an unexpected sound for this reviewer. Nothing like Italian prog I have previously heard. I did not really enjoy this opening track, so onto the next.

"Flusso" kicks in with a pulsating bass riff, over a hi hat cymbal pattern and distant psyched guitars. The vocals are multi layered, a low droning chant and a higher chanted vocal. Too dominant for me however, and I felt the music was good enough to stand alone without being drowned by repetitive one note droning vocalisations. I didn't enjoy these angry vocals at all from Saulo Chiaramoni on the album. The instrumental break is a guitar that sounds almost like an Indian sitar. So after 2 tracks I remain not too impressed so far. "E Se Domani" has a poppy sound, with steady beat and easy listening melody; it features a female artist, Roberta Tomasino. who adds a texture of beauty to the sound after the abrasive vocals previously. The sound is more like Bacamarte with the female vocals and there is a definite Caribbean rhythm intermixed within the intricate soundscape. This is a crossover sound that is quite out of place after all the zaniness of the first 2 tracks, but delightfully accessible, an improvement over previous tracks.

"It's Braining Again" is a definitive highlight, and in fact is a creative, psychedelic instrumental. The spacey effects are haunting and mesmirising. The track is the highlight of the whole album in many ways featuring a divine clarinet from Marco Guidi, that lifts the song into the stratosphere. The clarinet blazes in a passage of pure prog bliss.

"Stando" is an Italian pop song with echoing, LOUD vocals of Saulo Chiaramoni that are overbearing on the music at times, but there is a cool little guitar riff. The drum beat from Daniele Santini is great, with some quirky little embellishments in the mid section, over a spacey synth and guitar. It is a more mainstream song that would probably sound comfortable on the Italian radiowaves.

"Non Ti Aspettero" is a rocker with more echoing strong vocals but much better for my ears. The melody is so dang catchy it's criminal. I loved this from the very first listen and played it often during this review. The guitars are psychedelic and beautiful harmonies in the vocals work so well. The rocking feel is a highlight among a lot of difficult to access songs on this album. The synth solo on this is masterful, very 70s sounding at times and full of energetic crunching psych prog blasts. Wow, the ending features a sound effect of a stylus on a vinyl record, and that is an innovative touch, making the song feel even more retro. A true gem on the album.

"Be In The Mystery" is another infectious melody, the band are either growing on me or it's getting better as it goes on after a rather shaky start. There is a funkadelic keyboard riff that works over a spacey lead mixed well under the sound. The vocals are very strange, with a spoken narration in English I can relate to, repeated throughout the song; "The real trick to life is not to be in the know, but be in the mystery". The lead solo is a nice touch. It almost sounds like Camel's Andy Latimer or Hawkwind's guitar method. Another very good track on the album, the song describes the new discoveries of quantum physics and it's inspired by the film "What the bleep do we know".

"Lascio Andare Il Mio Riposo " has more of the phased out effect vocals that sound similar to the opening tracks from Saulo Chiaramoni. Once again I am not into this vocal style and it is cringe worthy for me. There is a strong network of percussive metrical patterns from Daniele Santini and chanted vocalisations amidst keyboard layers. Not a good track by any measure.

"Un Altro Mare" is a symphonic oddity, with massive keyboard/strings sweeps of a classical kind, with chanted vocals that are odd and maddeningly repetitive. Once again a song that tends to grow on you over a period of time.

"Darkest Hour" is a treasure with more female vocals that have Arabian flourishes, similar to some Arab influenced music you may be used to. The guitars are psychedelic wah wah pedal heavy spacey blasts. I love that jazz fusion rhythm and sax that chimes in. The guitars are also funky in the instrumental section over the Miles Davis style trumpet blasts. The vocals are hypnotic repeating 'Darkest Hour' over and over. The feel is dark and unsettling, but it is a highlight of this album once again, the Delirio Remix, only available on the CD format as a bonus track.

About a minute later some spacey Hawkwind like effects are heard, another song! The ghost track is experimental and spacey, without a standard structure, but a repetitive haunting motif and a voice saying "AND SO", a sample from the band's first album, mixed with a track from "Bottiglie e Tempo". Each Delirio Sonoro album contains a reference of the previous albums, as a point of continuum linking all of the albums; who says innovation is dead? A band member informed me that the next album will contain the same ghost track with some music added from "Atto Terzo". The music stops suddenly, without fanfare, and it is all over.

Overall the album features some outstanding tracks and these are without a doubt the wonderful "It's Braining Again", "Darkest Hour", "Non Ti Aspettero", "Be In The Mystery", and "Un Altro Mare". An EP of these tracks would have been deserved of 4 stars at least. The weakest tracks mar this release and these are "Avventura", "Flusso" and "Stando", I guess I am not a fan of vocalist Saulo Chiaramoni; and the others are in the middle ground somewhere for me, with only moments of greatness. It is a sound that really is different when you are used to listening to certain genres.

The band are lapsing between genres, pop mainstream, Italian traditional songs to psychedelic spacey compositions. The eclectic feel is dominant, though I wish the band could settle into one particular style rather than experimenting with hip hop beats, electronic effects, funky rhythms, spaced out synths and psychedelic guitars garnished with Italian progressive vocals. The result is an inconsistent sound with moments of beautiful prog highlights amongst some tracks that descend into fractured la Italiana mediocrity. The tracks are catchy overall and accessible for the average listener, but I was expecting something psychedelic and way out. When Delirio Sonoro take off into this territory it is a sheer delight, but they sound like two different bands at times. I can only say that the band are innovative with huge potential to release a masterpiece album, and hopefully there will be greater music to come

Review by Nightfly
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Despite the fact that Italian's Delirio Sonoro released their first album back in 1992, Atto Terzo, their third is my first encounter with the band. There's been a considerable gap of thirteen years since their second album to this one released last year in 2009.

Despite having no benchmark to go by on what to expect musically I was nevertheless a little surprised by the contents, though not in a bad way it has to be said. From their PA classification and the dreamy cover seascape I was expecting a commercial sounding prog album with RPI influences. How wrong I was as the three core members, with the help of a few guests have produced a lean and modern sounding album combining elements of rock, pop, funk and electronica. The sound is to a large extent quite sparse with clean guitars and modern synth lines held together by warm, well to fore bass runs and programmed drums with percussion embellishments. Though simply structured and the initial impression that there's not a lot going on, after a few plays some insistent melodies come through on sometimes inventive compositions.

One of the best moments is the instrumental It's Braining Again with the addition of added colour from a haunting clarinet which floats over the clean guitar chords and minimal percussion. Not normally a fan of hip hop rhythms, which introduce Non Ti Aspetter˛, the song develops into a driving spacey rocker with pleasing results marking another high point. The vocals here are also some of the best on the album, which I have to say is not always the bands strong point.

Un Altro Mare comes as a bit of a surprise, though very welcome with a more classically inspired touch with its big string effect synth sound and spoken word vocal. The album closes with Darkest Hour which has a bit of a Trip Hop vibe and female vocals making two more highlights.

Despite Delirio Sonoro not being the kind of band I normally listen to I nevertheless warmed to their sound and found Atto Terzo an enjoyable listening experience. I'd have appreciated some real drums not being a fan of drum machines, but in the context of the music it works fine, that just being my personal preference. Worth checking out.

Review by Mellotron Storm
2 stars The words that kept popping into my head throughout this album were "that's different".The songs are catchy and there's a strong electronica vibe but this album seems out of place being on this site. Of course you could say that about a lot of recordings that are on here I suppose.This is enjoyable at times and I can't help but think there's a lot of music fans out there who would love this. It's just not a style of music that I like at all unforunately.

"Avventura" opens with drums as guitar and bass join in.Vocals are almost spoken in the background.This reminds me of the eighties. It's catchy though. "Flusso" has a beat as these deep spoken words join in and another vocalist sings over top. Different. "E Se Domani" has this beat with almost spoken vocals. A second vocalist follows singing.These contrasts continue. A fuller sound before 2 minutes is brief but it returns later.

"It's Braining Again" is a brutal song title but it's actually the only song I really enjoy. Clarinet on this one and it's quite atmospheric. "Stando" has a catchy beat as deep vocals come in along with other vocals. An instrumental break 2 1/2 minutes in actually continues to the end. "Non Ti Aspettoro" has a beat with vocals. "Be In The Mystery" has these threatrical vocals as spoken words come and go. "Lascio Andare Il Mio Riposos" is another catchy track with a good beat. "Un Altro Mare" has these orchestral sections as spoken words join in.

I just can't give 3 stars for this one, but considering many collaborators have already done so you might like this too.

Review by Todd
2 stars I agree completely with John ("Mellotron Storm") in his recent review. Delirio Sonoro's "Atto Terzo," a collection of recordings from 2000-2007, is a fairly disjointed and for me not very satisfying album. Many of the songs are centered around drum machines and a hypnotic bass line running over the top--in fact, the bass is for me the strongest feature of the album. There are atmospheric keyboards and sinuous guitar lines that appear as well, inserting their color to create a trippy adventure that will certainly appeal to many prog fans whose tastes include trip hop, atmospheric, trance-inducing music. At times the songs reminded me of some of The Church's jams (admittedly my least favorite part of their oeuvre). Like a couple reviewers above, my favorite track is "It's Braining Again," which was really the only track that I really liked.

As PA is a diverse site with a great breadth of music styles and an even broader range of musical tastes among its adherents, no doubt this will appeal to many PA watchers. It didn't coincide with my own musical preferences, however, and I can only give two stars.

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2 stars The third album from Delirio Sonoro is again a rhythm fest. Let me put it like this; Delirio Sonoro is not like any other Italian bands in ProgArchives. They are a true oddball. Their mix of INXS like rhythm with Prince and Chic is enhanced with some Arabian rhythms and Italian vocals. Add s ... (read more)

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