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3.65 | 72 ratings | 2 reviews | 18% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2016

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Coincidenze (5:10)
2. Stazione (4:42)
3. II (9:31)
4. Frenetica dialettica dell'etica (2:49)
5. Convoglio (5:50)
6. Scambio (3:33)
7. Binario Morto (6:23)
8. Passeggero (12:31)

Total Time: 50:28

Line-up / Musicians

- Marco Brucale / vocals, acoustic and classical guitar
- Elianto Puro / piano, melodica, Mellotron, Moog
- Achille Ottani / electric guitar, banjo
- Simone Negrini / vocals, drums, percussion
- Alessandro Malandra / acoustic and electric bass
- Paolo Fiandra / vibraphone, xilophone, flute

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(72 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(18%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(31%)
Good, but non-essential (35%)
Collectors/fans only (8%)
Poor. Only for completionists (7%)

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Review by octopus-4
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams
4 stars Not an easy concept, starting from the album title: why should a band call "II" its third full length album? Effectively the title is more than a joke: II graphically represents a binary (binary and trains are the core of the concept), but II in binary numbers is "3". This could give the listener an idea of the kind of concentration that this album requires.

Not a challenging avant thing, absolutely. Just something intelligent enough to cause thinking, mainly to Italian speaking people as unfortunately the lyrics are in Italian.

Musically speaking the influence of King Crimson is evident, but it's elaborated in a very original way. Personally I hear a connection between this album and the last output from the Argetinian Alejandro Matos. The difference is in the vocal harmonizations and in some very intriguing passages. Probably the difference is caused by the fact that Matos is mainly a singer-songwriter and Akt is a band, so their tracks are more complete and various.

My personal favorite track is the shortest: "Frenetica Dialettica dell'Etica", together with the closing one, "Passeggero" which proceeds through various sections, from a nice acoustic intro through a fantastic interlude at avbout minute 6 which brings back to the main theme of the track.

The vocals can initially cause some perplexity, but they fit very well in the economy of the songs and sometimes reveal unexpected harmonies.

One thing that I strongly suggest to the listener is copying the lyrics from their website and google them. Knowing what the songs are about helps a lot......well, honestly it's not very clear to me what this album is about. This is what I mean by "causing thinking".

The train is waiting on a dead binary...Probably Akt and Matos would like each other, or probably they will hate...doesn't matter. The album is great and usually when the closing track is that good, it leaves the listener wishing to restart. The album can be downloaded from the AKT website. They only ask for the listener's comments in change of 50 minutes of excellent music.

The lyrics are challenging. I'm afraid of writing something completely wrong about them. It will take me more listens to understand them, if I'll ever do. Anyway I strongly suggest listening to this album, and if you haven't heard of AKT before, give an ear also to their previous releases. Blemmebeya was voted one of the best albums of 2012 by Progarchives.

Review by BrufordFreak
COLLABORATOR Heavy Prog & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
4 stars I haven't heard from this inventive and unusual Italian band since their wonderfully refreshing album Blemmebeya from 2011--which earned the #9 spot on my Top Albums list for that year. If five years is what it takes to make another masterpiece then I welcome it, for AKT has done it again: it has created a refreshing and masterful collection of songs in their unique and eccentric style and sound. The band has expanded its membership from the trio of Blemmebeya of Simone Negrini (vocals, drums, keyboards), Marco Brucale (vocals and acoustic and classical guitars) and Alessandro Malandra (acoustic and electric basses) to include Elianto Puro on piano, melodica, Mellotron, and Moog, Achille Ottani on electric guitar and banjo, and Paolo Fiandra on vibraphone, xilophone, and flute. There are so many unpredictable twists and turns on this album and yet there is a commonality of sound basics: lots of techno-computer-generated sounds and sequences are interlaced within the music--often with a percussion/timing effect; lots of gorgeous acoustic guitar work and simple yet central and important bass play, and many unexpected and quite dynamic shifts. And, of course, the unusual yet subtly powerful low tone vocals of Marco Brucale (which are actually used somewhat sparingly on this album).

1. "Coincidenze" (5:10) opens with some Avant-RIO sounds weaving together until the familiar almost-whispered deep voice of Marco Brucale enters at the one minute mark. By the end of the second minute we are treated to some pretty awesome full-band sounds with an impressive electric guitar solo. The three minute mark brings a dramatic lull and shift into more abrasive, treated vocals--though the keys and chord structures remain as gorgeous as ever. A weave of shifting arpeggi from multiple instruments provides the foundation for a fretless bass lead with some kind of wooden flute. Awesome song! (9/10)

The end of Song #1 lets you know that this is definitely a concept album as it bleeds straight into song 2., "Stazione" (4:42). The song takes almost two minutes to establish itself as we are familiarized with the train/train station theme with samples and voices before a more ominous full-band song is established. A break at 3:10 leads into a section which presents a kind of sad, upsetting classically-oriented music--that is, at least until 3:55 when all electric hell breaks loose--at full volume--before ending with another radio/PA sample. (8/10) 3. "II" (9:31) is a cinematic instrumental with many shifts in time and texture and the nice foundational use of congas. In a nine and a half minute song it is again unusual and unexpected that there are no vocals save for a heavily distorted vocal over a 40 second span in the last 90 seconds of the song. This song has no real flaws but it is not as engaging or as memorable as the album's other songs. (8/10)

4. "Frenetica dialettica dell'etica" (2:49) opens with a very engaging, friendly Italian feel (the tremolo mandolin?) then shifts down to allow for one of AKT's most delicate and pretty vocals--lead and harmony--spiced up with fuzz solo guitar riffs in between and a "C" part with piano and acoustic instruments weaving together beautifully. Great song! (10/10)

5. "Convoglio" (5:50) opens with some train and glockespiel sounds that make me think back to Supertramp's Crime of the Century's "Rudy" and Steve Hackett's Voyage of the Acolyte's "Shadow of the Heirophant." Eventually piano, guitar and simple pulsing bass provide background for Marco's quiet, treated vocal. At 3:35, just after the song had built up to full dynamic strength, it stops and totally shifts gears with fast-picking electric guitar, computer- generated fluttering percussion noises, complex drum, bass and keyboard segments before settling into a rather straightforward ballad-like construct for the final minute. Interesting! And unusual! (9/10)

6. "Scambio" opens with Marco's heavily treated voice singing to us in his whispery low tones before acoustic guitars and then strings, congas, and other acoustic instruments of traditional and classical nature (accordion, woodwinds, mandolin) join in. This is just an absolutely stunningly gorgeous song--and Marco's vocal is central and tantamount to this effect. Too bad I don't know Italian! (10/10)

7. "Binario morto" (6:23) is for me the weakest song on the album in that the vocal sounds strained and pitchy, and the music never really grabs me--it never seems to get itself established--just wanders and meanders aimlessly. (8/10)

8. "Passeggero" (12:30) is a gorgeous pastoral epic that has a kind of modern Sergio Leone movie soundtrack feel to it. Chords and sequences of sensitive arpeggiated melodies from acoustic guitars and harmonica, the odd low register singing of Marco and the odd computer-generated sounds in the sixth minute along make for a brilliant first half--but then in the second half the drums, bass, and lead electric guitar joins in to lend the song their magic and we have the makings of a prog classic. Brilliant electric lead guitar work going from beautifully melodic to emotionally unglued! Awesome! (10/10)

This is the first album of 2016 to have earned "masterpiece" status from me. I am so glad to have new AKT in my life! Wonderful, gorgeous, melodic, sophisticated, and unique progressive rock music for the ages!

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