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Consorzio Acqua Potabile


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.72 | 45 ratings

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Andrea Cortese
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4 stars Consorzio Acqua Potabile is one of these curious italian bands whose history started during the seventies but failed to produce anything official until the eighties and, mostly, nineties. With this 1998 release they clearly show a strong influence of the classic italian symphonic (keyboards-based) production. BANCO above all.

The album (appreciable cover art) is builded up on five extended tracks between 9 and 18 minutes long. The general atmosphere is majestic and pompous. Massive use of keys thanks to the two keyboardists Sellone and Bollea as it was for other famous bands from the seventies CORTE DEI MIRACOLI and IL VOLO (BANCO apart). Emotional vocals for adventurous textures really make the five tracks five epics. Just listen to the catching opener Signori del Tempo and you'll understand what amazed other enthousiastic reviewers. The title track is even more involving due to its vocal crescendo.

Lontana Lucia has a more romantic feel with an interesting medieval approach thanks to the use of flute and bagpipes. Perhaps their most peculiar contribution here. It doesn't help to break the continuous sad atmosphere that permeates the whole record.

Soli sull'Olimpo is the longest work (over 18 mns) but probably the less adventurous. More soft in its middle parts, more ethereal. The opening and the closer sections are more aggressive with remarkable interplay between organ and classic piano.

Robin...Again is thought as the perfect farewell song with more accent to vocal parts and less use of drums.

The only problem with this album is the too much long running time (over 65 minutes) that makes uneasy a completely satisfying listening session. It's not really essential, I think. Excellent, though, if you really love rich and bombastic retro symphonic prog.

3.75 rounded up.

Andrea Cortese | 4/5 |


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