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Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.01 | 103 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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3 stars Even if this "PFM" is not the one we have known in the seventies, this album is quite decent.

Simple compositions, easily accessible. Some are more rock oriented like the opener "La Rivoluzione", Eastern influences and heavy sounds during "K.N.A.". Gabriel-esque vocals! Here and there a highlight like "L'Immenso Campo Insensato". Powerful vocals and a nice melody are the ingredients. One of my fave out of this album.

"Nuvole Nere" reminds me of "Genesis" while they were only three. Not the best influence I must say. This album is in line with its predecessor "Ulysse" which was a pleasant come back to business. This one is just a continuation in the same direction.

The band is now touring abroad again and little (to none) songs from this album will make a long life on stage. Easy listening music like "Ore" does not hurt anyone actually. Just a pleasant Italian ballad with nice instrumental arrangements and a strong melody. I far much prefer this type of music than their extremely poor "Miss Baker".

One song still reminds me of that period : "Automaticamente" and its electro-beat style is the weakest song from the album. Press next to avoid a headache. You'll reach a completely different type of music. The most melodic piece of this album combined with a furious guitar riff half open the doors of their great prog years. A highlight and the best offering here. What a pleasant track! How good is it to listen to such a good "PFM" number again!

This album is of course not a masterpiece but to be honest, "PFM" is now busy for about thirty years at the time of release and I know of no bands who are producing masterpieces after such a long time. Even if songs like "Domo Dozo" and "Sono Un Dio" do not appeal to me at all some other ones are catchy "Polvere" and its sweet mood is there to remind you that the band is still capable to write emotional songs. Somewhat mellow, maybe.

The closing and instrumental is another good surprise. Great guitar again and a very powerful band to back it up is a great way to close this good album.

Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |

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