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3.29 | 53 ratings

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3 stars I am glad that this band was switched from the eclectic genre to the Italian Symph one to which it fully belongs (maybe that I got heard.).

This is the third album of this very good band, widely keyboard oriented. The influences of Gianluca De Rossi are no less than Banks, Emerson and Wakeman (according to their web site).

While "Genesis " was the major influence on their first album, here and there some ELP & Crimson sounds could be heard as well. The ELP mark was stronger on their very good "Outside Nowhere" and this album is even closer.

The first trio of songs is fully bombastic and the link is very obvious. Inspiration is present as well, especially during Immersion.

Suspension is an ambient track, mostly instrumental. Soft keyboards, until the vocals comes in. Fully Gabrielesque, melancholic and a little bit sad.

While their first album was almost instrumental, their second featured some Italian lyrics and I wrote already that the band sounded so much better, more convincing while doing so. On this one, songs with lyrics are all in English. Again, it is OK, but this release would have been better in an Italian version IMO. The relation with Peter's voice has never been so close.

This album is less personal, but these musicians are very skilled and this album is enjoyable. "Uncontrolled Dreams" which is the longest track (almost nine minutes) is almost a tribute to "Genesis". For the first time, a very good guitar solo can be noticed. In this ocean of keys, it was welcome; but don't get me wrong, Gianluca is brilliant in his role. You'll get the confirmation just after during a strong synth break (hi, Keith). One almost believe that Chris Squire is holding the bass during the finale. A very good song, probably the best one from Posidonian Fileds.

The closing number is the weakest one. A mellow ballad, a blank and some folkish notes to finish...

I would have expected something better from Taproban after their excellent second album. I can't go higher than three stars in the rating.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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