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Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.94 | 457 ratings

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4 stars 4.49/5 stars, purely because there are no incredible tracks on the album.This is not to say, however, that this is in any way a bad album.One of progs most underrated albums. "Chocolate Kings" is an excellent all rounder, and although I haven't heard much of the band (Per Un Amico, Chocolate Kings, Cook) it is easily the strongest of what i've heard. The bands Italian roots shine through particularily well in this album, especially with the opening track "From Under", which displays clear Mediterranean influences as well as excellent keyboards and lyrics. The albums texture varies throughout, from the full-on and at times very up-temp opener, to the quiet eight minute long "On The Roundabout", which has the feel of an epic despite it's length. The finest track on the album is "Chocolate Kings", a jazzy yet almost celtic sounding song about America's capitalist grip tightening mercilessly upon the world and Italy in particular. The other song that stand out on this album is "Paper Charms", which contains elements of just about every type of prog in the book, with everything from Van Der Graaf Generator-like melodies to an almost Gabriel like vocal performances. Thsi album is an excellent addition to any prog collection, with the track"Chocolate Kings" being a must-hear for any fans of Italian prog, or indeed just prog in general.
cynthiasmallet | 4/5 |


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