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Quella Vecchia Locanda


Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.14 | 347 ratings

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3 stars I have to admit that I like the Italian prog style quite a lot although I have only reviewed a few albums so far (lot more to come). But I'm afraid that I won't be in-line with most of the reviews for this one.

I am lacking the emotional style of several other bands from this genre. Contemporary of "Quella" or not. This mood will be present, but too scarcely (second part of "Prologo" for instance). Quella mixes the classical genre too much IMO. When I listen to "Un Villaggio, Un'Illusione", I can't find any link between the several parts of the song (even if it is rather short one).

My second preferred track of the album is "Realta". When you listen to the intro "Immagini Sfuocate", you'll know where "La Maschera Di Cera" got part of their inspiration. But I very much prefer the complex style of "La Maschera" to the one of "Quella". Mater of taste I guess.

The jazzy and chaotic start of "Il Cieco" contrasts with the classical break which follows. Nice fluting (but this is valid in any number featuring this instrument). Vocals are weak in here while the finale is very pleasant.

There are several very good moments on this album but short and too few. "Dialogo" is one example. Lot of energy developped; but it sounds a bit too jazzy for my taste. But again, a very gentle and tranquil part will bring a breathe of fresh air.

At times, I fully fall in love with this band. It is the case when I listen to "Verso la Locanda". This is what I expect from an Italian band, I guess. Fully symphonic, beautiful harmonies and passion (even if some jazzy flavour is present). The best song, IMO.

Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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