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Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) - Per Un Amico CD (album) cover

PER UN AMICO

Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.40 | 1489 ratings

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Magnum Vaeltaja
3 stars Contrary to most reviewers, I disagree that this second classic PFM album is an improvement over their brilliant debut, "Storia Di Un Minuto". There's no doubt that it's more refined than its predecessor, but whether that actually speaks to the enjoyment of listening to the music is a different story.

This album is a little deceiving at first, since all of the life and animation is packed into the first two tracks. The opener, "Appena Un Po", is an absolutely gorgeous, moving ballad that truly lives and breathes. Layered mellotrons create a dim, cloudy haze that gives way to very classically- arranged harpsichord before evolving further into a wild and chaotic instrumental palette. Then, once the vocals enter, the song truly ascends into a higher emotional realm. In fact, I may go so far as to say that this is the single best song in the entire PFM catalog. "Generale" follows the opener, with a wild and jazzy feel and a scrambled mix of ideas. While very strange, it's a very exciting piece.

Unfortunately, though, the next three songs, all very symphonic in nature, delicately and carefully arranged, feel lifeless and sterile in comparison. It's a shame that PFM couldn't have worked on spicing them up as they had the material on their debut, because the latter two thirds of the album is quite forgettable. I'll still give "Per Un Amico" 3 stars, however, if only for "Appena Un Po", which I cannot recommend strongly enough. A good, but non-essential album.

Magnum Vaeltaja | 3/5 |

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