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CASTELLI IN ARIA

Alma Sideris

 

Neo-Prog

3.00 | 9 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
3 stars Gustavo Pasini got a full band together after his first two Alma Sideries albums as a solo artist........ and has released some music I did not expect from him.

Gosh......

This album is a bit difficult to write about because it includes everything from pop to zeuhl. Yes, that is Zeuhl and not Soul. Alma Sideris actually pays homage to Magma here.... or is it Shub Niggurath ? Well, this song is called Il Tempo Per Pensare and it is the best song on this free download album.

It is pretty obvious that this album is a pretty dark album. At times, a pretty scary album too. In it's core, it is an RPI album through and through. Osanna, PFM, Biglietto, Banco and the other great RPI bands from the '70s has left a great mark on this album. Then you have some folk, pop, hard rock, avant-garde, electronica and zeuhl thrown into the mix too.

The end result is an album which stylistic goes in many directions. I still feel that Alma Sideries is trying to find their voice. This album is ideas thrown together in a mix. It is like the vocals on this album where you find female opera, female clean vocals, male clean vocals and male hard rock vocals. The instruments range from sax, flute, electric and acoustic guitars, piano, drums, bass and tangents. The sound is lush and excellent. This is not an album recorded in someones bedroom.

This being a free download album, I have no complaints. As I said over, Alma Sideris has not fully found their voice yet and this album feels like an experiment. I think it is as good or even better than a lot of albums you have to pay full whack for. Free download = good quality in the case of both this album and the previous two Alma Sideris albums. Although this album feels disjointed, I would still recommend it. But it is still "only" a three stars album for me. But I would not be surprised if this album enters many people's top five list for this year though.

3.5 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |

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