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Corte Dei Miracoli


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.68 | 164 ratings

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3 stars Lush keyboard ruled Italian album

Corte dei Miracoli is a popular Italian prog powerhouse in the style of the more traditionally respected giants like Banco but with some jazzy influence as well. They are heavy on the keyboards with just a bit of guitar provided by a guest performer. While this album was released after the Italian peak it is one of those albums that had staying power, like Celeste or Locande delle Fate, because of the level of quality and good buzz from fans. The dual keyboards provide a wide range of different sounds and textures that will thrill keyboard fanatics, the arrangements are very solid. The drummer is also very good and particularly adept at playing fills that really add to the drama and atmospheres that the keys are putting out there. Occasionally he sounds like a lead musician here. Vocals are quite good in my opinion, certainly not the best I've ever heard but also not deserving of the scorn you will see written in some quarters. Production and sound quality are really great-often I must admit that while I love Italian music the sound can be less stellar than bigger English groups who had more studio time and assistance. But Corte clearly had a decent producer and engineer because this one sounds fine.

There are many highpoints for me: the beginning of "E Verra L'uomo" is one of the most memorable in Italprog history. Another great moment is half way through "Verso il Sole" when the piano comes in all bright and crisp, offering some great counterpoint to the synths and some very lively playing. I really enjoy the sense of melody and brightness that this album possesses but it has a couple flaws. There is a cheesy moment here and there. And the lack of guitar is like taking a color away from a painter, they manage to do very well without and yet occasionally the sound can have some sameness to it. I still like this album a lot and recommend it to keyboard prog fans without hesitation, and consider it nearly essential to Italian fans. 3 stars.

Finnforest | 3/5 |


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