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4.02 | 161 ratings

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ALONE is the last studio recording of the band 'til date, that means 5 yeras in silence and thatīs a pity because they were getting better with each release, and iīm not quite sure if this is their best, but at least it continues in the same excellent quality of producing music as with the prior 2 discs.

To be honest, i get totally confused deciding which is my favourite Clepsydra album, because when i hear MORE GRAINS OF SAND i think is their 'classic' and start to think that also the best, but with FEAR they achieved a tremendous work and i say thatīs the one, but then i listen to ALONE and realize that they sound better than ever, but the cycle starts again when i go back into the discography.

Now, focusing on this record, what i hear is a more matured band with a more original sound, but still in their Neo Prog stream that clearly accepts its influences. Contrary of what i have read in other reviews, i feel this album less bombastic than their previous, but deeper, mellower and more spacey, yet explosive by moments and complex. Even singer Aluisio Maggini sounds matured but still powerful and emotional (the accent still there too).

Guitar is not as dominant as in other releases but Marco Cerulli did an excellent contribution to the music with great solos an lots of acoustics, making us forget a bit of former player Lele Hoffman. The synthesizers still are a fundament on the bandīs structure but as i said before, more atmospheric.

The rhythmic section also sounds tighter and fuller than ever with the addition of a new bassist (he debuted on their oficial live bootleg) which sounds like if he was on the band for years.

So many pleasant moments that is hard for me to choose favourite songs but i just will give special mention to "Tuesday Night" (all 3 parts), "Alone" (the 2 of them) which is perhaps the most original they have made and MAYBE my fave, "God Of Beggar"with great guitar solo, synths all over and nice acoustical ending section, and "End Of Tuesday" with heavy guitar and very emotive vocals.

With no hesitation i can say that this is really a MUST for Neo Prog lovers and an excellent addition to anyoneīs collection

Another 4.5 stars

Viva el Prog!

FranMuzak | 4/5 |


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