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Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) - Come Ti Va In Riva Alla Cittą CD (album) cover


Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)


Rock Progressivo Italiano

2.05 | 108 ratings

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2 stars Did Trevor Rabin fly to Italy on weekends to wreck PFM too on the side? I'll have to investigate that. Just kidding.

Actually this album precedes 90125 a bit but you get the idea. By this point PFM had swallowed the 80s Kool-aid that would soon infect Yes, Genesis, Zeppelin (Plant and The Firm), etc, as the 70s legends began to trade artistic integrity for boardroom decisions aimed at keeping the money trains rolling. While this album is light years away from the magic of the early 70s releases and while it is clearly not progressive rock, it is at the very least a darn good pop album.

There's no point in doing a track by track review of an album like this. What you have is 80s AOR that is slick, tight, well-produced, and good fun if you like pop music. The musicians are great of course across the board: guitars, drums, bass, keys, and vocals are all bright and upbeat. The music consists of 3-5 minute simple but stylish rockers. If you like pop music and want to hear the Italian version of 80s FM radio, here's your chance.

I would rate this a full star higher on a straight rock site but on this site it is "for fans." I really feel that 1 star is uncalled for here because the quality of the playing is so high that it should not be rated "poor." And if you happen to be a person who likes bubble gum prog like 80s Yes/Genesis/Asia then you may very well want to consider buying PFM's version. It's very well done and enthusiastic. 2 ¼ stars.

Finnforest | 2/5 |


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