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Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.22 | 35 ratings

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3 stars Edited 09/27/05!

Another one of those "one-album-wonders" from Italy and again a quite good one with short but nice and versatile compositions and excellent musicianship. As already mentioned in their biography the rather intense and dramatic vocals might need some adaption. I did not like them too much in the beginning as well.

The album opens with Cantico alle stelle - traccia I starting quite simple and mellow in fact but in its second half it has a very good Hammond section. Il male is a more energetic one with great flute providing a slight touch of JETHRO TULL. Great keyboard part once again! Non voglio catene is with 7:48 by far the longest of all tracks and (at least in the instrumental sections) an interpretation of the DEEP PURPLE song Wring That Neck (not sure by whom written originally), quite nicely done, I've to say. The keyboards, mainly Hammond are really fantastic. Canto della rassegnazione is a very slow and mellow one featuring some violin. Next song Oppressione e disperazione is an all instrumental one and reminds me in some way to ATOMIC ROOSTER the way they are playing the keys, as well a bit to DEEP PURPLE. Very good track as well! Ecce omo again without vocals is starting more mellow with fantastic Vintage type keyboards before it becomes more rocking in its middle part with some bits of flute, then it comes back to its initial mood. Another highlight, just great! The title song is a rather simple and catchy one in the beginning but featuring nice solo parts of flute and guitar. Viaggia cosmico, meaning "Cosmic Trip" is as the title implies a very quiet and atmospheric song with some synths in the beginning before vocals get accompanied by violin and acoustic guitar. Un mondo nuovo continues with this instrument, as well a very mellow song featuring violin and soft flute later on. The album is closed in the same mood with the second part of the opener.

Uomini Umili Popoli Liberi is a very good and versatile album in the tradition of Italian 70's Prog and Art Rock being more rocking in its first half and more mellow in its second one. A very good recommendation for all lovers of Italian Prog but not sure whether it's an esential one in prog general. (3,5 stars in real!)

hdfisch | 3/5 |


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