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Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.97 | 22 ratings

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4 stars Another find from Italy. Where is the end of this long and plentiful smorgasboard ?

Sithonia is back again from a 13 years long album break. I bought a couple of their earlier albums some months ago when I interviewed them (see interview). I have yet to listen to them. But if they are in the same style as this, I will most definate give them some spins in the near future.

Their music is very much classic Rock Progressivo Italiano. But there is an added element of a very rich texture of Keith Emerson like tangents. The same sound, in fact. The Mellotrons throughout this album can make a stone cry in sheer joy (yes, I am crying now). Add that to Rock Progressivo Italiano and you get a heady mix which goes straight to my heart........... and stays there. On the top of this, add some absolute excellent vocals too. Some mandolin and guitars adds a lot of texture too. The bass and drums is excellent too.

The songs are mellow, dense, folky and symphonic at the same time. Pastoral is the word I am looking for. It is classic, classic Rock Progressivo Italiano.

Add some superb songs too. These mellow and not immediate accessible songs takes time to sink in though. This is a typical "needs time" album. The twenty two minutes long epic Cronaca Persa is not immediate there too. But given some hours and a day, all songs on this album sinks in like a boulder hits the ocean floor. The epic Cronaca Persa is superb, no less.

It is gales and the rain comes sideways outside. But this album has given me a warm feeling. This is the best Rock Progressivo Italiano album I have heard since the Il Tempio delle Clessidre album from last year. I love this album although it is lacking a killer track or two. But this is still a superb album which will figure high on mine and I guess some others annual best album rankings.

4.5 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |


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