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Foglie Di Vetro


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.71 | 37 ratings

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4 stars The machine translation for Foglie di Vetro is "Leaves of Glass", which is lovely and poetic even in English, and befits this romantic Italian symphonic one-off.

While this album does contain some harder rocking sections, the emphasis is more on melodic keyboard/guitar interactions (as well as some smoky sax) and the emotive vocals in Italian of Daniele Bronzetti. For instance, after an ethereal intro, the first song "La Moltitudine" contains alternating somewhat acidic lead guitar and gentle piano and vocals, before they merge in the last couple of minutes. This seemingly incompatible interplay is brilliantly executed and does not feel forced. The 11-minute title track, that is the song "Foglie di Vetro", follows a similar pattern but has time to stretch out in several different themes including one from the sax of Valerio Barbieri.

"Ars Nova" is more guitar dominated but features layered vocals in a manner that reminds me of some old Moody Blues songs. The rhythm guitar style is indeed fuzzy here and in much of the album, but in support of ultimately gentle melodies. The lead guitar sections almost sound supported by the rhythm guitar but I think it is just some impressive technique on the part of Matteo Benvenuti. After a particularly expressive vocal finale, the sax again picks up the feeling. "Mago Merlino" starts off as one of the softer and most unabashedly tender tracks on the album, but even here the level is ratchetted up a notch about halfway through. The instrumental "Eclisse" provides a mellow jazzy ending to the proceedings.

While the musicians of Foglie di Vetro are all accomplished, the strength of this album is in the arrangements of the vocals and melodies. It is sad that they did not produce a follow up, as this effort can be compared favourably to classics of the Italian scene.

kenethlevine | 4/5 |


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