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Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.74 | 55 ratings

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4 stars What a pity that the opener only lasts for seventy five seconds. It is a jewel of a symphonic intro and could have last for ever.well almost.

I'm not really into the jazzy moods but it is amazing how this band can still please me during the long and fully jazz oriented start of the title track and epic of this album. Probably because they had the great feeling to mix it with symphonic sounds. "Outside Nowhere" opens on a "Bolero" type of mood and is a strong combination with spacey and tranquil passages (Floyd), some dynamic and strong synth ("Marillion) which lasts for just over nineteen minutes of the most elegant music.

The whole sensibility of the Italian symphonic genre is held in the short and acoustic "Broken Shell". Sung in English (infortunately) it is a so sweet and melodic part that I just can be disappointed that it only last for less than two minutes.

The mood is different during "Il Difficile Equilibrio Tra Sorgenti D'Energia". A bombastic demonstration of ultra gifted keyboards play combined with a fantastic bass line. If I add that the drumming is on par, I guess that the same reference will come to your mind. "ELP" of course. How pleasant is it to be brought in this wonderful world but played by a modern band! The last section is absolutely wonderful. This time vocals are in Italian. So poignant and backed up by fantastic and symphonic keys. The best track from the album, IMO.

The band remains in the "ELP-ish territories with "Ves Ml' Tahghach" which is another great orgy of mighty synthesizers. Somewhat uniform and predictable but still enjoyable. But I used to like these early "ELP" sounds so much that I am probably biased and some other listeners might call this "regressive" prog which is a negative concept that I particularly dislike.

"Pieces Left Behind" is a melancholic track just perturbed in the middle part with a short and scary instrumental break. After a short and not so good short instrumental number "In The Deep", this CD closes on the ambient and rather convincing "Nexus". Again, the Italian vocals are excellent. I wonder why the band is trying to sing in English during some of their songs. They are so typical of the Italian symphonic music that they should just stick to their native language IMO.

Four stars for this very album.

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |


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