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La Maschera Di Cera


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.99 | 157 ratings

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2 stars Fabio Zuffante has so many side projects that it's become difficult to tell which, if any, is the main event. If one regards him first and foremost as a lover of retro Italian prog and its Emersonian ilk, then LA MASCHERA DI CERA might best meet the qualifications.

This debut effort is clearly an ode to the innocent days of analog synths, organs, mellotrons and bombastic vocals and flutes, and indeed at times they seem to take on a life of their own, much like the robots in sci fi tales of the period, and with about as much emotion. At other times, however, the music simply soars with doting affection and divine melodies, and effects marvellous transitions to rough edged passages. Unfortunately, each of the 4 tracks contains all of these warring qualities, such that my sentiments for Zuffante continue to run hot and cold no matter how hard and often he and I try.

The best/worst example of my dilemma is "Del Mio Abisso E Del Vuoto" that features expressive woodwinds, piano, acoustic guitar, mellotrons, and Alessandro Corvaglia's heartfelt vocal expressions, but also drawn out and virtually unlistenable passages with faux-choir and overly massed multilayered keys.

It's a hard one for me to rate, as it epitomizes the best and worst of RPI, but ultimately I have to ask, after over a half dozen listens, is there a track that I am likely to keep in heavy rotation, or is LA MASCHERA... only worth an annual spin? At the risk of masking the undeniable talent and motivations of this project, I must wax practical and round down from 2.5 stars.

kenethlevine | 2/5 |


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