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Mad Fellaz


Eclectic Prog

3.90 | 160 ratings

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5 stars Aiuto, Anna, dimmi, dove sei? Eh, I'm missing Anna Farronato somehow. I can remember, was fairly surprised about the new presence, recognized her impact as a pleasant change when it comes to the prior album. Okay, three years are gone in the meanwhile, and they are known for undertaking some shuffle each time. MAD FELLAZ are a huge crew in any case, featuring Pablo and Marco Busatto, plus Enrico Brunelli, Carlo Passuello, Rudy Zilio and Lorenzo Todesco constituting the core during recent years. Furthermore guest musicians of about the same number are aboard as well. And Luca Brighi appears as the new lead vocalist, a very good move so much the more.

They are acting true to their line of approach again. No, not driving themselves mad, or even us, to make sure, for example due to a weird cover image. But delivering melodic and accessible prog songs, showing finesse and uniqueness, nearly being without equal. They are utilizing a short warm up during the opening track, and then the second part Frozen Side and the following Leaf will present them in full blow, eh ... that's exactly what I dared to hope. Formidable! Liquid Bless then sounds like coming from the prospering US band Umphrey's McGee being at their best. As for the mellower parts, for example when Rudy Zilio fetches his flute or saxophone, they are close to the likes of Big Big Train.

Diverse unpredictable moves are to notice, which after some time qualify as genius compositional skills, you bet! Hence I'm on the way now to make sure that the closing song Sweet Silent Oblivion will remain anything but this, what the title may provoke, for whatever reason. My favourite excerpt, Luca Brighi in best shape, as one aspect. This one covers so much, I would say all their skills at once! A highly entertaining album, disappointment solely will come up when this is running out. But there's a chance for a retake anyway, yeah, no problem! Awesome production. This year's session starts very very promising, just let me declare the first masterpiece in 2019.

Rivertree | 5/5 |


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