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3.53 | 7 ratings | 2 reviews | 14% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1994

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. My spirit is free (16:43)
2. Fragments (5:02)
3. Nothing we can't say, nothing we can't do (8:47)
4. Silver coin (T.Hiscock)(2:58)
5. I'll never stop thinking (5:35)
6. Shiver (2:13)
7. Above the clouds (3:28)
8. Only between people (5:01)
9. Nebulous bright (1:29)
10. Goodbaby, goodbye (N. Beersford) (2:11)

Total Time: 53:27

Line-up / Musicians

- Massimo Mazzeo / vocals, backing vocals, 6 & 12 strings acoustic guitars, electric rhythm guitar on "My spirit is free", synthesizer on "Nebulous bright", programming
- Andrea Romano / lead electric guitar, guitar-synthesizer, sass, keyboards, backing vocal on "Silver coin", programming
- Stephania Bejma / vocals, backing vocals

- Marzio Marossa / drums on "My spirit is free"

Releases information

CD Mellow-MMP 248 (1994)

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(14%)
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Review by kenethlevine
4 stars While progressive rock is not the chart force it was 30+ years ago, one could argue that it is an even more successful style today than back then, on the basis of the number of artists plying the craft. In this environment, one of the challenges facing a band is that of defining their own sound, which becomes even more daunting when one considers the relatively paucity of common ancestors for the genre. In NOSTALGIA's case, their origins lie in unabashed CAMEL worship, yet they have somehow forged a unique style at the crossroads of the aforementioned veterans, the introspection of DAVID SYLVIAN, and myriad acts in the new age and folk constellations.

Some of their singularity may be due to financial constraints, so that very few drums are used, and half of those are programmed, and Mauro Moroni of Mellow Records produced the album, giving a cavernous and echoey aspect to the whole oeuvre. From a prog perspective, the group seems to have blown its budget on the compelling opening quasi-title suite, which includes the only authentic percussion, flutes, many shifts of mood within an ethereal framework, and some JADE WARRIOR styled languid guitars.

Subsequent tracks offer many beautiful melodies and moments, with plenty of gently yet ponderously strummed acoustic guitars, and occasional simplistic lyrics that sound profound when uttered with Italian accents. "Nothing we can't say, nothing we can't do" epitomizes this aspect of the group, as does "Only between people". The blending of male and female vocals is done in a charmingly amateurish way that somehow works. "Fragments" channels both Andy Latimer and Steve Hackett and shows that the band could go the instrumental route comfortably, even without percussion, while in other tracks the lack of real drums is compensated for by what sounds like luscious fretless bass.

While flaws abound, nostalgia offers a path to acceptance and forgiveness, which I freely embrace in the spirit in which this sweet production was offered. 3.5 stars rounded up.

Review by Tarcisio Moura
3 stars Interesting project by this italian duo of Massimo Mazzeo and Andrea Romano plus singer Stephania Bejma. The music here is very hard to label: they sing in english and donīt sound italian at all. Still this is mostly acoustic stuff, quite laid back and pastoral, except for the few occasional burst of electric guitars like the Santana inlfuenced instrumental track Shiver. In fact, they sound more american than european.

The songs are good, but not exceptional. I found the vocals rather weak on parts, expecially the male voices (mazzeo is no singer, which is very strange for an italian outfit). The lyrics are naive, ok, but I could live with that. Maybe they would be better if they sang in their native language. I heard they were influenced by Camel, but I really didnīt find much of that band here. Maybe thatīs why they labeled them as neo prog here on PA, but donīt expect anything in the vein of the english 80īs bands nor the more recent neo groups that came from Poland or Holland. But if you like simple acoustic melodies, with some folky and jazzy parts then you should check this out.

In the end I found Is Your Spirit Free: a nice album. Quite peaceful and pleasant to the ear. Not much progressive stuff here, though. 3 stars.

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