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Alex Carpani Band


Symphonic Prog

3.27 | 53 ratings

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4 stars Top notch NeoProg from Italian keyboard/vocalist Alex Carpani and friends. Like their stellar release from 2014, 4 Destinies, the music here is complex, melodic, dynamic and very well rendered. While still retaining shadows of the Peter Gabriel-era GENESIS, Alex and the band have moved more into their own sound, with a more rock edge to it as compared to the jazzy-tinge that the four epic-length songs from 4 Destinies had. Plus the 10 songs here all fall within a two- to seven-minute time range and each carry their distinct flavors--even though this is a concept album. Human isolation and self-alienation are part of the topics here as it is posited that advances in technologies and virtual realities have allowed an appearance of global closeness that is in fact false and self-alienating. The music may support this theory while pointing toward a direction of hope, recovery, and health, but in the end, it is just nice music of the IQ kind.

Favorite songs: 9. "Next Time" (5:36) and 10. "The Last Time" (6:27)

BrufordFreak | 4/5 |


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